Dr. Jotaro Kato
KATO Jotaro is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Faculty of International Research and Education, Waseda University.
After working in an NGO to support unauthorized migrants as a caseworker, he completed his PhD at Waseda University in September 2020.
He majors in migration studies, international labor mobility and global sociology. His research interest is on unauthorized migrants and multiculturalism in Japan. He uses qualitative methods, with the belief that grassroots level observations, participation, interaction, and interviews contain as well as reveal the workings of greater thematic issues. He currently researches on the impact of COVID-19 to Vietnamese (ex-)technical interns. He was a visiting scholar at Queens College, City University of New York (from August 2018 to February 2019) funded by JSPS Overseas Challenge Program for Young Researchers. He is also a visiting lecturer at University of the Sacred Heart, Housei University and Tokyo Women’s Christian University teaching multiculturalism in Japan.
Hayashi, Mariko and Jotaro Kato. 2020. 'Japan' Tinessia Adeline ed. Repression and Resilience: COVID-19 Response Measures and Migrant Workers’ Rights in Major East and Southeast Asian Destinations. Jakarta: Human Rights Working Group. 43-65.
Kato, Jotaro, Irina Kuznetsova and John Round. 2019. 'The Nature of “Illegal” Migration in Japan and the United Kingdom: The Impact of Attitudes towards Migrants, Social Cohesion and Future Challenges'. IRiS Working Paper Series. 35.
Kato, Jotaro. 2019. ‘“Fuhōsei” to Tomoni Ikiru: Hiseiki Taizaisha ga Nihon de Kurasu Koto o Kanō to Suru Yōin wa Nanika’ [Living in ‘Illegality’: What Makes It Possible for Irregular Migrants to Live in Japan?]. Migration Policy Review 11: 60-74. (Peer-Reviewed)
Kato, Jotaro. 2019. ‘Betonamu Jin Hiseiki Taizaisha, Ryūgakusei, Ginōjisshusei eno Kēsu Sutadei: Betonamu jin o “Gōhō” to “Fuhō” ni Wakatsu no ha Nani ka’ [A Case Study on Vietnamese Undocumented Migrants, Students and Technical Interns: What Distinguishes Vietnamese People Who Remain ‘Legal’ and Those Who Become ‘Illegal’?]. Journal of the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies 38: 35-53. (Peer-Reviewed)