Updated: 10 April, 2018
Urban Research Plaza (Joint Usage / Research Center), and
Department of Geography, Osaka City University
Sugimoto, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-shi, 558-8585, JAPAN
81+(6) 6605-2070 (office: tel & fax 2069)
Contact mail address:
mizuuchi at ur-plaza.osaka-cu.ac.jp
Date of birth: 13th November, 1956
Place of birth: Wakayama prefecture, Japan
Ph.D. Geography, Osaka City University, 2000.
M.A. Geography, Kyoto University, 1984.
B.A. Geography, Kyoto University, 1982
B.A. Seismology, Kyoto University, 1980
2016- Vice Director, Contribution and Collaboration Center for Community, Osaka City University
2007-2016 Vice Director, Urban Research Plaza, Osaka City University
2006- Professor, Urban Research Plaza (concurrently Department of Geography), Osaka City University
2004-2006 Advisory Executive of Presidential Committee, Osaka City University
2003- Professor, Department of Geography, Osaka City University
1995-2003 Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Osaka City University
1990-1995 Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Toyama University
1988-1990 Junior Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Toyama University
1985-1988 Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Kyushu University
# Theory building for urban study pursuing and realising capacious and resilient city
# Advisory activity to NGO /NPO who assist vulnerable and disadvantaged people
# Advisory activity to urban rejuvenation projects (with Japanese metropolitan governments, and their residents)
# Advisory activity to minority group movement (Japanese former outcaste people, Okinawan, day-laborers, underprivileged people)
# Development of Assisting Program for Self-Independent of the Ex-Rough Sleepers
# Comparative survey of urban housing-poor, homeless people (rough sleepers) and its counter-measures in Japan, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, Shanghai.
# Studies of urban housing, squatter settlement and homeless issue (In Japan, Korea, Turkey, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai)
# Historical analysis of urban development and planning (both in Japan and the former colonial era of Japanese Empire)
# Field research conducted in Turkey since 1990 on topics including squatter areas, housing, tourism development, immigration and social change. since 1998, research conducted in Japan on homelessness.
# Studies of modern urban history in Japan.
# Critical Studies on the development of public works in Japan (especially, civil engineering works, riparian, harbour, railway, road窶ｦ.)
# Historical critical inquiries about geopolitics and geographical thought in Japan
# Interview research for the people who experienced the drastic transformation of their region by the W.W.II and related military invasion
Native fluency in Japanese, competent spoken, reading and writing abilities in English, some reading abilities in French.
Social Contribution to the Community Award. Osaka City University, 2017
(Listed ONLY papers written in English, or written in Japanese with English summary)
Books, Monographs and Special Issue in Journals: in English
Geographical Viewpoints in the Middle Eastern Cities IV, Migration and Ankara Part 2
(co-editor, Ryugasaki, Japan: Ryutsu Keizai University, 1999, 135p.)
(editor, Osaka, Japan: Osaka City University, 1999, 88p.)
(editor, Osaka, Japan: Osaka City University, 2003, 142p.)
(editor, Osaka, Japan: Osaka City University, 2006, 173p.)
(editor, Osaka, Japan: Osaka City University, 2006, 81p.)
Special issue on 窶�Housing poverty, homelessness, and the transformation of urban governance in East Asian Cities窶�
(Guest editor, City, Culture and Society, Volume 1, Issue 3, September 2010, pp109-174)
Referred Articles: in English
Geographical Review of Japan, Series B 64-1 (1991), 293-312,
Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 23(2005), pp.453-473
The new mode of urban renewal for the former outcaste minority people and areas in Japan, with Jeon Hong Gyu, Cities, 27, Supplement 1, pp.・�25-・�34, Elsevier, June 2010.
Homelessness, housing insecurity and social exclusion in China, Hong Kong, and Japan, City, Culture and Society, (with Patricia Kennett) Volume 1, Issue 3, September 2010, pp.111-118
Innovations in gearing the housing market to welfare recipients in Osaka窶�s inner city: A resilient strategy? (Johannes Kiener, Geerhardt Kornatowski, Toshio Mizuuchi) 2018, The Housing, Theory and Society, pp*-*
(Written in Japanese with English abstract)
Formation and development of inner-city in modern industrialization in Osaka,
Jinbun-Chiri (Human Geography) 34, 385-409, 1982.
Residential atmosphere of low-income peoples and their residential renewal projects through the Poor Housing Renewal Act of 1927,
Jinbun-Chiri (Human Geography) 36, 299-321, 1984.
Urban development of Dalian, China during the colonial period from 1899 to 1945,
Jinbun-Chiri (Human Geography) 37, 438-455, 1985.
The past of Japanese inner-city and labourers movement in the pre-war days Japan,
Keizai Chirigaku Nenpo (Annals of economic Geography) 32, 293-312, 1986.
Studies of urban history and geography,
Keizai Chirigaku Nenpo (Annals of Economic Geography) 40, 1-19, 1994.
Historical development of suburban residential estate in pre-war days,
Chiri Kagaku (Geographical Science) 51, 34-54, 1996.
Arising Homeless Issues and Urban Rejuvenation Project in Inner-city of the Contemporary Metropolis
: In The Case of Yoseba, Buraku and Japanese -Foreigners in Osaka City窶�
Jusoken Nenpo, No.29, 2002 (Annual Report of Housing Research Institute, 2002), 369-380, 2003.縲
Book Chapters: in English
In T. Mizuuchi ed., Nation, Region, and the Politics of Geography in East Asia, Osaka City University, 30-42, 1999.
Chap.VI, Aspects of Urban Problems in Ankara with related to Residential Structure,
Chap VII, Preference of Residential Districts and the Urban Spatial Structure in Ankara.
In Akinobu Terasaka and Toshio Mizuuchi eds.,
Geographical Viewpoints in the Middle Eastern Cities IV, Immigration and Ankara,
Ryutsu Keizai University, 88-98, 99-108, 1999,
Public service provisions and urban finance in Turkey,
In Terasaka, A. ed., Geographical viewpoints in the Middle Eastern cities III, Ankara,
Ryutsu Keizai University, 115-132, 1991.
In T. Mizuuchi ed., Representing Local Places and Raising Voices from Below, Osaka City University, 12-30, 2003.
In Shin Nakagawa & Bussakorn Sumrongthong eds., What窶冱 Happening on the Street?, UCRC Bangkok Office, Bangkok, pp.32-60, 2003.
In T. Mizuuchi ed., Critical and Radical Geographies of the Social, the Spatial and the Political, Osaka City University, 107-131, 2006.
Homelessness and homeless policies in the context of the residual Japanese welfare state, with Johannes Kiener as his first author, Geerhardt Kornatowski, Toshio Mizuuchi, Edited by Carole Zufferey, Nilan Yu, Faces of Homelessness in the Asia Pacific, pp.9-27, Routledge, 2017
Non-Referred Major Articles: in English
in Nozawa, H. ed., Cosmology epistemology and the history of geographical thought, Kyushu University, 27-38, 1986.
Dowa Mondai Kenkyu 20, 29-43, 1998.
Toshio MIZUUCHI, Hong-Gyu JEON, URP GCOE Working Paper 4, April 2009
Urban Research Plaza, Osaka City University
Service Provision for the Socially-Excluded in the City: The Recent Transformation of Homelessness Support and Different Paths toward Self-independence for the Homeless in Japan
Toshio MIZUUCHI, Geerhardt KORNATOWSKI縲�URP GCOE Working Paper 6, May 2009
Urban Research Plaza, Osaka City University
Other Scholarly Publications: in English
Characteristics of urban development and urban planning in pre-war Japan,
in Flﾃｼchter, W. ed., Japan and Central Europe Restructuring, Verlag Harrssowitz, 124-139, 1995.
The Japan Association of Economic Geographers,
Information Bulletin of The Union of National Economic Association in Japan, 17, 24-31, 1997.
in Proceedings of 2nd.International Critical Geography Conference,
Korean Association of Spatial Environment Research, 181-188, 2000.
None into English
(Translated E. Soja窶冱 work of Postmodern Geographies into Japanese (2003))
Editor in chief of the Journal (two times per year), Homeless and Society (in Japanese)
Editor in chief of the bi-monthly Journal, Jinbun Chiri: Japanese Journal f Human Geography (in Japanese)
Editor in chief of the annual Journal, Space, Society and Geographical Thought (in Japanese)
Associate editor o f the Quarterly Journal, City, Culture &
Society , Elsevier
Editor ial board member of the Quarterly Journal, Antipode, Wiley & Blackwell
None in English
None in English
(Listed ONLY papers that presented in English)
Urban planning and urban development in prewar Japan,
Japan-German Geographers Conference. Heidelberg University, German, August, 1992
International tourism and urban development in Antalya, Turkey,
International Geographical Union Conference, Hague, Netherlands, August, 1996.
Struggle for better life: some evidences from the urban social movement and urban politics in Osaka city, European Conference of Japanese Studies, Budapest, Hungary, August, 1997.
Private struggles, public supports: Rehabilitating Japanese minority ghetto, Buraku,
Japan-German Geographers Conference, Hachioji, Japan, March, 1998.
The Geographical Agenda of the Urban and Regional Development: A Case of Japan from Meiji Restoration to the Second World War,
East Asian Regional Conference of Alternative Geography, Kyongju, Korea, January, 1999.
Development Policies and Spatial Integration in Japan from 1868 to 1941,
Workshop for the Frontier of Asian Geographers, Osaka City University, Japan, August, 1999.
Visible Homeless and New Urban Governance of the Underprivileged: A Case of Osaka City,
Conference for the Asia-Pacific Economy in1997 and into the 21th century, Hitotsubashi University, Japan, December, 1999.
Changing urban governance for socially discriminated people: A case of Osaka City, Japan,
Conference for International Critical Geographers, Taegu University, August, 2000.
Geographers窶� geopolitical commitments for field survey and regional geography in the war time,
International Symposium: Asian Modernization in Maps and Geographical Knowledge, International Japanese Culture Research Center, Kyoto, Japan, March, 2001.
The Second East Asian Regional Conference of Alternative Geography, Hong Kong, China, December, 2001
Developing an activity uniting homeless support and grass-rooted community organization.
The Third International Conference for Critical Geographers, Bﾃｩkﾃｩscsaba, Hungary, June, 2002.
The First International Forum between Chulalongkorn Univ. and Osaka City Univ. under the COE project of Osaka City University.縲
A new stage in the policy and NGO activities for rough sleepers in Osaka,
Present conditions of Airin districts and actual supportive actions,
Evolution of Urban Redevelopment and Slum Clearance in Japanese Metropolis, Round table on the Joint Project for the Survey with the Institute of Social Sciences, UCRC Shanghai Office, East China Normal University, China, Oct.2003.
East China Normal Univ. Shanghai, June 2004.
The 9th Japanese-German Geographical Conference; Shaping the Future of Metropolitan Regions in Japan and Germany:; Governance, Institutions and Place in New Context, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany, August 2004.
Post-war Japanese Urban Policy for the Socially Excluded and Concealed,
APNHR Conference 2005, Housing and Globalization, Kobe University, Japan, September, 2005
University of Southern California, USA, October, 2005
June 24-30, 2006, Taipei, TAIWAN, June, 2006
The Impact of Homeless Issues on the Mode of Urban Governance: the Situations in Osaka and Hong Kong
Hong Kong - Osaka Forum
Theme: Shedding Light on Osaka from Hong Kong's Experience as a Global City, Osaka City University, December, 2006.
Reinventing Public Service Provision for the Socially-Excluded in the City: The Recent Transformation of Homelessness Support and Different Paths Toward Self-reliance for the Homeless in Japan <Proceedings pp47-60>, with Geerhardt Kornatowski. In International Forum: The Transforming Asian City: Innovative Urban and Planning Practices Hong Kong, May 3-5, 2007
The Struggle Against Loss of Living Space: Squatter Resident Practices and Local Politics in Postwar Japan <Proceedings pp82-92>, with Takuya Motooka. In International Forum: The Transforming Asian City: Innovative Urban and Planning Practices Hong Kong, May 3-5, 2007
Pursuing new mode of urban governance for the socially disadvantaged area and people, Osaka City U., Urban Research Plaza窶冱 Hong Kong Sub-centre Presents, A Workshop on Social Inclusion and Cultural Creativity, Hong Kong, Jan. 6-8, 2008
Kamagasaki Regeneration Forum /Osaka City University, Japan, The Lives of 窶楼cchan窶� (older men) in the Airin District (Kamagasaki) With縲Sen ARIMURA, Takayuki OTIRA, The 2nd ANAH 2008 in Gwangju Korea May 15th -18th 2008, (ANAH: Asian Network for Adequate Housing, By Citizens for Decent Housing)
Does the Adoption of a Spatial Perspective Contribute to the Current Regeneration of 窶・he Study of Poverty窶� in Japan, <GCOE Panel>, 5th East Asian Regional Conference in Alternative Geography (EARCAG) "Post-Globalization and East Asia" , 12-16, December, 2008, Seoul, S. Korea
Pursuing New Mode of Urban Governance for the Socially Disadvantaged Area and People, ISA-RC21 Tokyo Conference 2008,Landscapes of Global Urbanism: Power, Marginality, and Creativity, International House of Japan, 17-20, Dec., 2008, Tokyo, Japan
Roundtable on Social Inclusion in Osaka and Melbourne, University of Melbourne, Osaka City University and Victoria University:縲Joint Conference February 2 & 3, 2009, City, Culture & Society: Pursuing Global Inclusive Society and Reinventing Urban Culture, 2009, Australia
Attempt of Socio-Cultural Community Regeneration in the Disadvantageous Inner-City Area in Japan The Seventh International Forum between U. of Gadjah Mada., Indonesia Seni Instutiute and Osaka City Univ.縲Forum on "Socio-Cultural Networkings?", Feb. 6, U.of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Transformation of the Management of Urban Poverty in Japan: From Slum Clearance to Assistance for the Homeless, 14th International Conference of Historical Geographers, 23窶�27 August 2009, Kyoto, Japan
Historical Development of Urban Renewal for the Former Outcast Minority People and Areas in Japan
Moderator: OCU-URP Seoul Sub-center Opening Commemorative Symposium:"Poverty and Renewal"
Conquering the Failure of Urban Planning in the Socially Disadvantaged Areas in Japan; Coordination of Orthodox Skill of Technocrat with Flexible Art of NGO, International Conference on CULTURAL CITIES, Creativity and Social Inclusion in Osaka and Copenhagen, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, and Urban Research Plaza, Osaka City University, 9-11, February, 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark
2011OCU International Academic Symposium Proceedings
Urgent Needs for Constructing Inclusive Society; Facing the Calamity of Earthquake and Tsunami in March 11, Urban Research Plaza Yogyakarta Sub-center, The 9th Academic Form on the Arts and Cultural Management
The Current Status and Possibilities for Japanese-Style窶�Social Housing窶�; Learning from Assistance for Escaping Homelessness: the post-Homeless Self-support Assistance Law era and a National Minimum for Housing,
Social theory in geography and thought on space,
Research fund of Min. of Education, Science and Culture (MESC), 1995-1997.
Colonialism, geopolitics and historical geography of the formation of nation state in and colonial Japan,
Research fund of MESC, 1998-2000.
Socio-political geographical studies on housing renewal projects of outcaste people district,
Research fund of Japan Academy for the Promotion of Science, 1999-2000.
How the intellectuals act and respond to the rise of Asia problematic
through the collaboration of geographers and researchers of spatial studies?
Fukutake Science and Cultural Foundation, Research Program of 1997.
(After 2001- )
Investigation and proposing practical measure for the solution of homeless problem in the contemporary modern Metropolitan districts,
Research fund of MESC, 2000-2001.
Urban rehabilitation projects in inner-city, especially for underprivileged people districts in Osaka city,
Research fund of Housing Research Foundation, 2000-2001.
The LA-Osaka Comparative Urban Studies Program is a joint project between the University of Southern California (USC) and Osaka City University (OCU) to conduct research and provide useful comparative knowledge about the greater LA and Osaka metropolises, and also about their interaction as global cities on the Pacific Rim.縲2002-
Center of Excellence (COE) Program for 21st century at Osaka City University:
Research fund of JSPS, 2002-2006.
Interview Research for those who get public assistance in Nishinari Ward, Osaka City
Funded program by the bureau of Public Health, Osaka City Government, 2005-
Managing Field Satellite of Urban Research Plaza by the Osaka Employment, Welfare, and Housing Problems Research Association, 2005-
The chief of Osaka Employment, Welfare, and Housing Problems Research Association
In the cities of Japan and East Asia, the phenomena of housing insecurity, for example the problem of homelessness, are problems requiring urgent solutions. In the midst of insecure housing conditions that result in homelessness, this is an interdisciplinary project keeping up with the latest aid measures throughout the path from homelessness to temporary transit shelters to settled residency and employment, and carrying out survey research that leads to the swift development of aid measures and activities that aid in policy formation.
Global Center of Excellence (Global COE) Program at Osaka City University:
Vice Director of this program
Research fund of JSPS, 2007-2011
GLobal-COE窶冱 theme; 窶漏einventing Cities for Cultural Creativity and Social Inclusion窶�
Moving from Social Exclusion to Inclusion: Homeless Transitory Housing and the Creation of a Community Aid System in which Former Aid Recipients Can Become Permanent Residents
Director of this program
Research fund of JSPS, 2007-2009
which Former Aid Recipients Can Become Permanent Residents
Director of this program
Research fund of JSPS, 2010-2012
From 2000 onward
Department of Liberal Arts, Osaka University (2001)
Department of Geography, Ochanomizu University, (2001)
Faculty of Economics, Hitotsubashi University (2001)
Department of Geography, Tokushima University (2001)
Department of History, Bukkyo University (2002, 2004)
Department of Geography, Kyushu University (2002)
Department of Geography, Kwansei Gakuin University (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007-2009)
Department of Geography, Mie University (2005)
Department of Geography, Osaka Prefecture University (2005-2011)
Department of Geography, Kyoto University (2016)
Department of Geography, Nagoya University (2017)
Osaka City University:
Kanda Koji (Degree Confirmed in 2006)
Motooka Takuya (Degree Confirmed in 2009)
Shimazu Toshiyuki (Degree Confirmed in 2009)
Yamaguchi Susumu (Degree Confirmed in 2009)
Geerhardt Kornatowski (Degree Confirmed in 2011)
Sugano Taku (Degree Confirmed in 2016)
Johannes Kiener (Degree Confirmed in 2018)
Editor in chief, Homuresu to Shakai (Homeless and Society), 2009-2014
Editor in chief, Jinbun-Chiri (Human Geography), 2006-2008
Editorial Board, Jinbun-Chiri (Human Geography), 1984-85, 1996-98, 1999-2000
Editorial Board, Shelter-less, 2005-
Editorial Board, Street paper, Naniwa Rojo, 2003-2006
Editorial Board, Antipode, 2001-
Editorial Board, Chiri-Kagaku (Geographical Science), 1997-
Editorial Board, Toshi-Jutaku (Urban Housing) 1997-2002
Editorial Board, Chirigaku Hyoron (Geographical Review) 1994-1996
Executive Board Members, NPO National Homeless Assistance Network