Kimiko Kuga

Ms. Kimiko Kuga

Research topic:
Critical perspective of human trafficking in Japan: The role of ideas and institutions in creating distorted measures against human trafficking

Academic Profile

My study concentrates on human trafficking in Japan by exploring domestic conditions that allowed institutional arrangements to evolve in the period between 1990 to 2014. The core of my work is to pay attention to discourses and ideas that affect institutional change over the period. While previous literature has mostly focused on sex trafficking in Japan, I aim to expand the perspective of human trafficking, including migrant labour rights. 


Academic publications:

2016 “Japan’s press clubs: an impregnable fortress of information,” Media Asia, Vol.43, No.1, pp.1-4.

2010 “Discourses on Human Trafficking in the UK: An Analysis of the Joint-Committee on Human Rights 2005-06,” Journal of Political Science and Sociology, No. 13, pp.107-119.



2016 “An impregnable fortress of information,” Free Speech Debate, University of Oxford,


2016 “EU-Turkey Nanmin meguru mujunshita goui,” Japan In-depth, 3rd April.

2015 “Imin ukeiregiron ga gutaika he,” Japan In-depth, 25th December.

2015 “Nihonyo, nanmin imin wo mushi shitudukerareruka,” Japan In-depth, 12th September.

2015 “Girisha kiki, kurai mitoushi,” Japan In-depth, 14th July.

2015 “Nihon deno LGBT heno rikai,” Japan In-depth, 3rd July.

2015 “Nichiou ga kyouyu dekiru Kachi toha?,” 5th May.

2015 “Ukraine Josei, Atarashii Reisenjidai no Tourai,” Japan In-depth, 13th January.

2015 “Isuramu shakai heno hohuku ha muimi: Furance tero jiken go wareware ga subeki koto,” Japan In-depth, 11th January.


Papers Presented:

2016 “Definitional and Ethical Problems in Studying Human Trafficking in Japan,” expecting to present at St. Antony’s Graduate Research Conference, University of Oxford on 5th May.

2012 “Battles over Human Trafficking Issues,” presented at Ph.D. Workshop on Migration and Citizenship, University of Edinburgh on 5 October (in English).

2011 “Moral Panic in the late 1990s UK: An Analysis of Press Representation of Forced Child Prostitution,” presented at Asian Workshop on the EU Study- The Future of European Integration and EU- Asia Relations, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 22-23 February (in English).

2011 “Moral Panic in the late 1990s UK: An Analysis of Press Representation of Forced Child Prostitution,” presented at Designing Governance for Civil Society, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, 5-6 February (in English).

2010 “European Norm of Combating Human Trafficking: The Influence toward the Nation-States,” presented at the European Union Studies Graduate Student Workshop, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 17-20 August (in English).

2010 “Framing Discourses on Anti-Trafficking in Human Beings in the UK: An Analysis of Discourses on Joint-Committee on Human Rights 2005-06,” presented at the First Japan-Korea (3+3) GraduateStudents Workshop onEUAffairs, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, 8-10 February (in English).