Born the child of Korean residents in Iwate Prefecture in 1948.
Educated at Rikkyo University and UCLA. Posts include Assistant Professor, College of International Studies, Keimyung University, Daegu, South Korea. Currently Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University. Research focuses on Japan-Korea relations and Korean residents in Japan. Publications include “Japanese images of Korea”[Kankoku no ime-ji], “Korean images of Japan” [Nihon no ime-ji] (both Chuko Shinsho), “The end of the Korean residents in Japan” [Zainichi Kankokujin no shuen] (Bunshun Shinsho),“Nationalism of South Korea” [Kankoku no nashonaruizumu] (Iwanami Gendai Bunko). Most recent publi cation “Korean residents in Japan: The myth of forced conscription” [Zainichi Kyosei Renko no Shinwa] (Bunshun Shinsho).