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Takahiro Yamamoto, Dr.


Takahiro Yamamoto, Dr.


  • Assistant Professor of Cultural Economic History


Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
Room 400.01.14 (114)
69115 Heidelberg

Office Hours: Wednesdays 14:00-15:30
(make an appointment by email)

+49 (0) 6221 54 4364
+49 (0) 6221 54 4012

Über Takahiro Yamamoto

Takahiro Yamamoto studies history of nineteenth-century Japan, focusing on its cross-border connections. His research interests include modern Japanese history, border history, and history of travel documents. His first monograph on the emergence of territorial boundaries around the Japanese archipelago in the late nineteenth century is currently under review. His current research project, funded by Baden-Württemberg Stiftung Eliteprogramm (2019-2021), is titled "Cross-border mobility and documentary identification in Japan in the age of global networking." It investigates the gap between law and reality of border crossing across the Japanese empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Prior to coming to Heidelberg, he was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellow (2016-17), affiliated with Graduate Schools for Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo. He has also served as a Global Perspectives on Society Teaching Fellow at New York University Shanghai. His full CV can be found on


2016−17    Graduate schools for law and politics, The University of Tokyo
                    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science research fellow

2016−17    School of political science and economics, Waseda University
                    Adjunct lecturer

2015−16    New York University Shanghai
                    Global perspectives on society teaching fellow

2016          PhD in International History, London School of Economics
2010          MA in Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
2008          BA in International Relations, The University of Tokyo

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Takahiro Yamamoto, ‘Recording Violence as Crime in Karafuto, 1867-1875’, Japan Forum 30:4 (2018), pp.452-483.

Takahiro Yamamoto, ‘Privilege and Competition: Tashiroya in the East Asian Treaty Ports, 1860–1895’, The Journal of Transcultural Studies 2017:2 (2017), pp.79-102.

Takahiro Yamamoto, ‘Japan’s passport system and the opening of borders, 1866-1878’, Historical Journal 60:4 (2017), pp.997-1021.

Takahiro Yamamoto, ‘The end of the ‘dual possession’ of Sakhalin as multilateral diplomacy, 1867−73’. Historical Research 89, no.244 (2016), pp.340−362.

Takahiro Yamamoto, ‘Balance of favour: the emergence of territorial boundaries around Japan, 1861-1875’, PhD dissertation (LSE, 2015).