Institute of Social Science The University of Tokyo

the University of Tokyo



Research Staff

Naofumi Nakamura

Division Department of Comparative Contemporary Economics
Research fields Business and Economic History

Teaching and Research Appointments

April 1994 −
March 1996
Research Associate, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo
April 1996 −
March 2002
Associate Professor, Faculty of Economic, Saitama University
April 2002 −
March 2010
Associate Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo
November 2003 −
January 2004
Visiting Professor, School of East Asian Study, University of Sheffield, UK
March 2007 −
March 2008
Visiting Senior Fellow, Department of Economic History,London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
April 2010 − Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo
April 2010 −
ay 2010
Visiting Professor, L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
April 2017 −
March 2020
Vice Director, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo

Topics of research

1A historical study of the railway industry in modern Japan
2Local Perspectives on Japanese Industrial Revolution
3Oral histories of managers and labors in Post-war Japan

Selected Publications


  • “Nihon Tetsudo-gyo no keisei (The Formation of Japanese Railway Industry, 1869—1894)”, Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Hyoron-sha, 1998, pp.1-401.
  • “Shohin Ryutsu no Kindai-shi (A History of Distribution in the Modern Japan)”, (co-edited with Satoru Nakanishi), Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Hyoron-sha, August 2003, pp.1-348.
  • “Kibou-gaku 2 Kibou no Saisei Kamaishi no Rekishi to Sangyo ga katarumono (Reproducing Hope: What the History and Industry of Kamaishi Tell Us, Social Sciences of Hope Vol.2)”, (co-edited with Yuji Genda), Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, May 2009, pp.1-335.
  • “Kibou-gaku 3 Kibou wo Tsunagu Kamaishi kara mita Chiiki-shakai no Mirai (Connecting Hope: Seeing the future of the Local Community in Kamaishi, Social Sciences of Hope Vol.3)”, (co-edited with Yuji Genda), Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, June 2009, pp.1-400.
  • “Sangyo-kakumei to Kigyo-keiei (The Industrial Revolution and Business Activity in Japan)”, Japanese Business History Vol.2, Kyoto: Minerva Sho-bo, 2010, pp.1-387. (coedited with Takeshi Abe)
  • “Chiho karano Sangyo-kakumei (Local Perspectives on Japanese Industrial Revolution)”, Nagoya: Nagoya University Press, 2010, pp.1-401.
  • “Japan's Shrinking Regions in the 21st Century: Contemporary Responses to Depopulation and Socioeconomic Decline”, (P. Matanle and A. Rausch with the Shrinking Regions Research Group), New York: Cambria Press. August 2011,530pages. (Chapter5(pp.220-227) and Chapter8(pp.319-327)).
  • “Mochiba no Kibou-gaku: Kamaishi to Shinsai, Mouhitotsu no Kioku (Social Sciences of Hope, People in Charge: Kamaishi, Earthquake Disaster, and Another Memory)”, (with Yuji Genda), Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, December 2014, pp. 1-423.
  • “Kibou no Kyoyu wo mezashite: Seiren Keiei-shi (Having Hope in Common: A Business History of Seiren Co.)”, (with Seiren Co. ), Fukui: Seiren Co., March 2015, pp. 1-503.
  • “Umi wo wataru Kikansha (Trading locomotives : the first globalization and the development of Japan's railways, 1869-1914)”, Tokyo: Yoshikawa Kobunkan, February 2016, pp.1-264.
  • “Iwanami-koza Nihon Keizai no Rekishi (Iwanami Series of Japanese Economic History)”, Vol.1-6, (co-edited with Kyoji Fukao and Masaki Nakabayashi), Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, September 2017-May 2018.
  • “Chiiki no Kiki, Kamaishi no Taiou (Harnessing Crises Locally: Trans-Disaster Experiences of Kamaishi City in Japan)”, (co-edited with Genda Y), Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, June 2020.
  • “La Révolution industrielle des régions du Japon”, Paris: Les Belles Lettres,February 2021, translated by Alexandre Roy and Claude Michel-Lesne, pp.1-409.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “The Formation of a Railway Transportation System in Japan’s Railway Industry”, Japanese Yearbook on Business History, 16: pp.31-61, Business History Society of Japan, March 2000.
  • “Meiji-Era Industrialization and Provincial Vitality: The Significance of the First Enterprising Boom of the 1880s”, Social Science Japan Journal, 3(2), Oxford University Press: Oxford: pp.187-205, October 2000.
  • “Meiji-ki Mitsubishi no Yukashoken Toshi (Stock Investment by Mitsubishi Goshi during the Meiji Era)”, Mitsubishi Archives Review, Vol.2, February 2001, pp.69-134.
  • “Railway Systems and Time Consciousness in Modern Japan”, Nichibunken Japan Review, No.14, March 2002, pp.13-38.
  • “The Present State of Research on Zaibatu: The Case of Mitsubishi”, Social Science Japan Journal, 5(2): pp.233-242, Oxford University Press: Oxford, October 2002.
  • “Teikoku Tetsudo-kyokai no Seiritsu(The Formation of the Imperial Railway Association in Japan)”, Keizai-gaku Kenkyu(Journal of Political Economy, Kyushu University), Vol.70, No.4-5, April 2004, pp.97-118.
  • “Senzenki Nihon no Family Business (A Study of Family Business in Pre-World War Ⅱ Japan; Diversification, Oligopoly and Networking)’, T.Hoshino ed., Management and Innovation in Family Business, Chiba: Institute of Developing Economies, November 2004, pp.379-414.
  • “Shoyu to Keiei, Senzen-ki no Nihon Kigyo(Corporate Governance in the Japanese Firms during from Meiji Era to the Second World War)”, A.Kudo, T.Kikkawa, and G.Hook eds., Gendai Nihon Kigyo (Enterprises in the Modern Japan), Vol.1, Tokyo: Yuhikaku, December 2005, pp.24-54.
  • “Merchants'Investment in Securities and the Enterprise Boom; the Case of the House of Sotaro Hiromi”, Japanese Research in Business History, Vol.23, 2006, pp. 35-57.
  • “Personnel management and the formation of modern business organization; the railway industry in Japan before the First World War”, T.Okazaki ed., Production Organizations in Japanese Economic Development, London: Routledge, January 2007, pp.75-109.
  • “Dentetsu keiei to Fudosan-gyo (The Real Estate Business of Electric Railroad Companies in Early 20th Century Japan)”, Shakaikagaku Kenkyu (The Journal of Social Science ISS, University of Tokyo), Vol.58, No.3-4, March 2007, pp.13-34.
  • “Hopology-the Kamaishi Research”, Social Science Japan, 36, Tokyo: Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, March 2007, pp.6-8.
  • “Sengo Kamaishi Seitetsu-sho ni okeru Jukuren no Keisei, Hozen-shokuba no Jirei(From Apprenticeships to Firm-specific Skills: A Case of the maintenance workshop in the Post-war Kamaishi Steel Works)”, Shakaikagaku Kenkyu (The Journal of Social Science), Vol.61 No.5-6, March 2010, pp.119-136.
  • “Getting on a Train: Railway Passengers and the Growth of Train Travel in Meiji Japan”, P.Francks and J.Hunter eds., The Historical Consumer: Consumption and Everyday Life in Japan, 1850-2000, London: Palgrave Macmillan, January 2012, pp. 207-234.
  • “Railway Engineer's Group in the Early Meiji Japan.” Japanese Research in Business History, Vol.28. 2012 pp. 11-33.
  • “Social Science of Hope, The Fukui Research Project” Social Science Japan, vol.46, March 2012, pp.11-14.
  • “Nihon no Sangyo Kakumei (Industrial Revolution in Japan)”, Iwanami-koza Nihon Rekishi(Iwanami Series of Japanese History), Vol.16, Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, June 2014, pp.149-182.
  • “Shisan Tokushu-sei to Kigyo no Kyoukai (Asset Specificity and Boundaries of Firms)”, M.Nakabayashi and S.Ishiguro eds., Kigyo no Keizaigaku (Economics of the Firm: Structure and Dynamics), Tokyo: Yuhikaku, December 2014, pp. 101-119.
  • “Reconsidering the Japanese Industrial Revolution: Local Entrepreneurs in the Cotton Textile Industry during the Meiji Era”, Social Science Japan Journal Vol.18-1, January 2015. pp. 23-44.
  • “Kigyo no Baibai to Kyokai: Tagawa-Saitan, Houshu-Tetsudo, and Mitsui-Tagawa (Buy-out and Boundaries of Firms: Tagawa Coal Mining Co., Hoshu Railway, and Mitsui Mining Co.)”, W.Tanaka and M.Nakabayashi eds., Kigyo-tochi no Hou to Keizai (Law and Economics of Corporate Governance: A Comparative Institutional Analysis), Tokyo: Yuhikaku, March 2015, pp. 131-153.
  • “Keiei-shi to Chiiki Hatten (Regional Development and Business History)”, Keiei-shi Gakkai ed. Keiei-shigaku no 50-nen (A Half-century of Japanese Business History), Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Hyoron-sha, March 2015, pp. 33-41.
  • “Kamaishi-chiiki niokeru 'Kaihatsu' to Kibou no Saisei (Development of the Kamaishi area and Rebirth of Hope)”, T.Matsumoto ed. Touhoku-chiho Kaihatsu no Keifu (A History of Development of the Touhoku Area), Tokyo: Akashi Shoten, March 2015, pp. 134-160.
  • “Kindai Nihon no Tetsudo Gijyutsusha (Railway Engineers in the Modern Japan)”, A. Taniguchi ed., Genba-shugi no Kokusai-hihaku (Comparative Study of Hands-on Approach in the International Perspective), Kyoto: Minerva Shobo, April 2015, pp.181-212.
  • “Chita Tetsudo no setsuritsu to Chita Shogyo-kaigisho(The Formation and Development of Chita Railway Co.)”, S.Nakanishi and S.Ioku eds., Kindai Nohon no Chiho Jigyo-ka (Local Entrepreneurs in the Modern Japan), Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Hyoron-sha, November 2015, pp.445-475.
  • “Diversification and Convergence: Development of locomotive technology in Meiji Japan”. M. Sawai ed. The Development of Railway Technology in East Asia in Comparative Perspective, Singapore: Springer, July 2017, pp.41-65.
  • “Seiren ni okeru Global Business no kochiku-katei (The Formation Process of Global Business in the Seiren Co.)”, Keiei-shigaku (Japan Business History Review), Vol.52, No.4, March 2018, pp.35-44.
  • “Property System and Economic Growth in Japan, 730-1874” (co-authored with Nakabayashi M., Fukao K., and Takashima M.), Social Science Japan Journal Vol.23-2, September 2020, pp.147–184.
  • “Gurobaru-ka to Meiji no Tetsudo-hatten (First Globalization and the development of Japan's Railways)”, Takii K. ed., Meiji toiu Isan (The Legacies of the Meiji Era), Kyoto: Minerva Shobo, October 2020, pp.509-525.
  • “Jishou-teki Keizaishi-kenkyu no genzai (Study of economic history in Japan: A methodological review)”, (co-authored with Takashima M, and Nakabayashi M), Shakaikagaku-kenkyu (Journal of Social Science), Vol.72-2, 2021, pp.27-53.

Educational Activities

Graduate School of Economics,
The University of Tokyo
Industrial History, Introduction to Japanese Historical Archives,
Economic History of Firms and Industries
College of Arts and Sciences,
The University of Tokyo
Specialized Seminar