Researcher Database

Hyunjoo Naomi Chi
Faculty of Public Policy Public Policy Public Policy
Associate Professor

Researcher Profile and Settings


  • Faculty of Public Policy Public Policy Public Policy

Job Title

  • Associate Professor


J-Global ID

Research Interests

  • Sexual minorities   Ethnic minorities   Citizenship   Diaspora   Migration   

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences / Politics / Gender and Migration in East Asia

Academic & Professional Experience

  • 2011/07 - Today Graduate School of Public Policy, Hokkaido University Assistant Professor
  • 2009/09 - 2011/06 Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University Assistant Professor
  • 2006/07 - 2009/08 Graduate School of Law and Politics, Hokkaido University Assistant Professor


  • 1999/04 - 2006/06  Hokkaido University  Gradate School of Law and Politics
  • 1993/09 - 1997/06  University of British Columbia  Political Science

Research Activities


  • Chi Naomi  年報公共政策学  (12)  23  -38  2018  [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Rapid industralization, economic growth and urbanization have resulted in an influx of international migrants to East Asia since the 1980s. Since then, there has been a significant increase in the migration of women, which is an illustration of the global trend of feminization of migration. Consequently, the increase of migration (both legal and undocumented) in this region brought about new avenue for exploitation. The objective of the paper is to explore the gender dimension within the dynamics of international marriages and labour migrants in domestic and care work in Northeast Asia, including the factors such as the "agency" vs. "immobility" of these women, the difficulties in mainstreaming, the victimization of these women and make some tentative observations on how cultural and institutional factors determine national policies towards marriage, care and migration. In terms of methodology, the author relies on primary and secondary sources such as government documents, reports by human rights organizations and memoirs as well as personal encounters with these women.
  • 池 炫周 直  年報公共政策学  (11)  55  -76  2017  [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Newly industrialized economies (NIEs) such as South Korea experienced rapid economic growth in the 1970s and 80s through strong state controlled economic policies. This was coined as the East Asian model of economic development, however, many began to question this model after the Asian financial crisis in 1997. Ironically, this financial crisis became the catalyst to the birth of the progressive government under the late President Kim Dae-Jung in 1998, in which South Korea experienced extensive development in social welfare. This paper explores the relationship between the East Asian development model with the development of social welfare in South Korea during the 10 years of the progressive government in Korea—from the Kim Dae-Jung administration (1998-2002) to the end of the Roh Mu-Hyun administration (2003-2008).
  • Chi Naomi  年報公共政策学  (10)  75  -85  2016  [Not refereed][Not invited]
    2015 marked a cornerstone for sexual minorities in Japan, as Setagaya and Shibuya wards of the city of Tokyo introduced a certificate system to recognize same sex partnership as equivalent to marriage since November 2015. While such endeavours have increased awareness and recognition of sexual minorities in Japan as well as paved the road for unprecedented discussion on equality, it does not address the more prolonging and serious issues such as equality in the job place, equal rights, and human rights issue. This article will examine and explore the legal status of sexual minorities in Japan, more specifically the court cases and legal debates concerning sexual minorities, the framework of the new same-sex partnership certificate system, and the positions of the main political parties in Japan toward the rights of sexual minorities.
  • 池 炫周 直  年報 公共政策学  (8)  111  -124  2014/05/30  [Not refereed][Not invited]
    One of the main objectives of this paper is to examine the Sakhalin Korean repatriates in South Korea and how it exemplifies the politics of inclusion and exclusion and how these are intertwined with one another through interactions and negotiations among different interests and discourse that take place in multi-scale regulatory processes.
    Sakhalin Koreans moved to Sakhalin as early as the 1920s as subjects of Imperial Japan to work at the coal mines in Sakhalin. Many of them could not return to Japan nor Korea even after the end of the Second World War and many were forced to take North Korean or Soviet (Russian) nationalities. 1989 marked a turning point for the repatriation of Sakhalin Koreans as the South Korean government, in cooperation with the Japanese government, as well as the Japanese and Korean Red Cross, worked together to "bring back" the Sakhalin Koreans to their home.
    This paper examines the historical background to the Sakhalin Koreans, the repatriation or "return home" policy, how the politics of both inclusion and exclusion affect the Sakhalin Koreans, and the challenges that they face in Korean society today.
  • MIAH Md.Dulal  年報公共政策学  (8)  111  -124  2014  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • リチャードソン ポール, 池 炫周 直  年報公共政策学  (8)  145  -153  2014  [Not refereed][Not invited]
    This paper emphasizes the reliance Kuril islanders have felt towards Japan and discusses the challenge that cultural programmes have posed to Russian sovereignty over the territory of the Southern Kurils. The geographer David Kaplan has argued that on the border a unique set of forces affect the residents of these regions and whole new ways of thinking about the state, about the nation, and about the immediate surroundings are forged. He suggests that in extreme cases these perspectives may manifest themselves in new loyalties and hopes for a better future that contest dominant ideas of national identity. Using the example of this visa free programme and humanitarian aid, a striking example of borderlands being a "crucible" of new connections and relations between local inhabitants and the Russian and Japanese state can be observed. In the case of the Southern Kurils, the local "border culture" on the islands can be seen as sometimes being sharply at odds with the logic of Russian nation-statehood. These islands have emerged as a site of resistance, providing alternative definitions and challenges to the Russian state's attempts to order and control national space.
  • 池 炫周, 池 直美  北大法学論集  58-  (1)  61  -110  2007/05/30  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 池 [ゲン]周, 池 直美  北大法学論集  57-  (6)  1  -43  2007  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 池 [ゲン]周, 池 直美  The Hokkaido law review  58-  (1)  61  -110  2007  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • Chi Hyunjoo Naomi, 池 直美  The Hokkaido law review  58-  (2)  787  -857  2007  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • Chi Hyunjoo Naomi, 池 直美  The Hokkaido law review  58-  (3)  1103  -1133  2007  [Not refereed][Not invited]

Educational Activities

Teaching Experience

  • 公共政策特別研究ⅡA
    開講年度 : 2019
    課程区分 : 専門職大学院
    開講学部 : 公共政策学教育部
  • 公共政策特別研究Ⅰ
    開講年度 : 2019
    課程区分 : 専門職大学院
    開講学部 : 公共政策学教育部

Committee Membership

  • 2014/10 -2016/09   Japan Political Science Association   International liaison (Japan-Korea)
  • 2012/01 -2014/12   Association of Borderlands Studies   Board member

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