SHAKUTO Shiori | Tokyo College
Project Assistant Professor


Research Field Social and Cultural Anthropology, Gender, Migration, Environment
01 Description of Research

My research addresses gender and environment in contemporary Japan through the lens of mobilities of people and things between Japan and Southeast Asia. I apply emerging insights in anthropology to longstanding debates about how global political economy shapes the most intimate domains of our lives. I have explored these themes through long-term ethnographic research on the rise of companionate marriage ideals among Japanese retirement community in Malaysia and, more recently, on the gendered response to an environmental disaster by transnational evacuees in Southeast Asia. In the coming years, I plan to track the transnational lives of plastic waste from Japan, Singapore and Australia to Southeast Asian countries to address the unequal global distribution of wealth and waste.

02 Short Biography

2018-2020 Postdoctoral Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
2017-2018 Catalyst, teamLab Kids, Tokyo
2017 PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Australian National University
2015-2016 Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellow
2012 MSc in Social Anthropology, University of Oxford
2010-2011 Yoshida Scholarship Foundation Intern, Carter Center
2010 LLB with First Class Honours, Australian National University

03 Major Publications

Yeoh, Brenda and Shakuto, Shiori (forthcoming in 2023), ‘Gender, Migration and Digital Communications in Asia’, Special Issue, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.

Shakuto, Shiori and Baldari, Flavia (2020) ‘Japan’s migrants are not allowed to go home’. Open Democracy

Shakuto, Shiori (2020) ‘Ethnography of life and work’. Tokyo College Blog

Shakuto, Shiori (2019) ‘Post-work intimacy: Negotiating romantic partnerships among Japanese retired couples in Malaysia’. American Ethnologist 46(3): 302-312. DOI: 10.1111/amet.12828.

Shakuto, Shiori (2019) ‘Radiation Migration: Motherhood and 3.11 Evacuees in Malaysia’. Teach 311.

Shakuto, Shiori (2018) ‘An independent and mutually supportive retirement as a moral ideal in contemporary Japan’. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 20(2): 184-194. DOI: 10.1111/taja.12277.

Shakuto, Shiori (2017) ‘Ageing with bad-boy charm: An affective analysis of Japanese retirement migration in Malaysia’. Japan Review of Cultural Anthropology 18(1): 159-172. DOI: 10.14890/jrca.18.1_159.

Shakuto, Shiori (2017) ‘Japanese Radiation Refugees in Malaysia’. Anthropology News.

Shakuto, Shiori (2017) Book review of ‘Japanese tree burial: ecology, kinship and culture of death’ by Sebastien Boret. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 18(1): 95-97.

Zuckerman, Ghil’ad, Shakuto, Shiori and Quer, Giovanni Matteo (2014) ‘Native tongue title: Compensation for the loss of Aboriginal languages’. Australian Aboriginal Studies 1: 55-71. ISSN: 0729-4352.

Shakuto, Shiori (2014) Japan’s Elderly in Malaysia, like Shooting Stars in the Twilight. East Asia Forum.

Shakuto, Shiori (2011) Translation of the appeal against a ruling to dismiss an application for unfair competition temporary measure. 54 Japanese Yearbook of International Law.