Since joining the Institute of Developing Economies in 2006, I have conducted research focusing on the political economy of South Asia, especially India. In my studies on India’s political economy, I have researched a wide range of topics from politics to the economy. These studies reflect my interest in the relationship between democracy and development. In addition, I have written essays and commentaries for the general public and translated An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions, coauthored by Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen.
Current research projects
One of my research themes is populism in India. India’s political system has increasingly become authoritarian in recent years, making it difficult now to classify the country as a democracy without reservation. It is important to understand how populism in India is related to Hindu supremacism and majoritarianism, which are characteristics of the current administration.
My other research theme concerns the characteristics of Japanese media coverage of India and what structural factors have led to such characteristics. In particular, I am aiming to empirically verify the possibility of “Chinese factors” resulting in the exaggeration of ties between Japan and India as well as India’s own capabilities.