• L.L.B.(1981) Kyoto University
  • L.L.M.(1983) Kyoto University
  • Ph.D. (Government)(1994) Cornell University


  • Fulbright Scholar (1984-1987)
  • Nitobe Fwllow (1992-1994)


  • Associate Professor, Kobe University, Faculty of Law 1987-1994
  • Professor, Kobe University, Faculty of Law 1995-2004
  • Visiting Scholar, Stockholm University, 1992
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Cornell University Department of Government 1993
  • Adjunct Professor, Stanford Japan Center (Kyoto), 1996-2003
  • Adjunct Professor, Institute of Social Science Research, University of Tokyo, 2000-2002
  • Adjunct Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, 2003
  • Faculty Fellow, The Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, 2002-2004
  • Visiting Professor, Institute of European Studies, University of British Columbia 2012-2014
  • Advisory Board Member, Journal of Japanese Studies, 1999-2004
  • Editorial Board Member, Governance, 2002-



  • Local Government Development in Postwar Japan, Oxford University Press, 2001 (Co-editors with Michio Muramatsu and Farrukh Iqbal).
  • Ikuo Kume, Disparaged Success: Labor Politics in Postwar Japan, Cornell University Press, 1998.

Journal Articles:

  • Megumi Naoi & Ikuo Kume, "Workers or Consumers? A Survey Experiment on the Duality of Citizens’ Interests in the Politics of Trade" Comparative Political Studies, September 2015; 48 (10).
  • Megumi Naoi & Ikuo Kume, “Explaining Mass Support for Agricultural Protectionism: Evidence from a Survey Experiment During the Global Recession” International Organization, Vol.65-4, 2011.
  • Ellen M. Immergut and Ikuo Kume, editors, Crises of Governance: Institutions and the Politics of Change in Japan and Europe (Special Issue: Governance Vol. 19-1, 2006)
  • Kathleen Thelen & Ikuo Kume, "Coordination as a Political Problem in Coordinated Market Economies" Governance Vol 19-1, 2006.
  • "Politics of Institutional Complementality: Unbundling the Japanese Management System?" Kobe University Law Review: International Edition, No.37, 2003.
  • "The effects of globalization on labor revisited: lessons from Germany and Japan," Politics & Society, 27(4), 1999. (with Kathleen Thelen)
  • "The rise of non-market training regimes: Germany and Japan compared," Journal of Japanese Studies, 25(1), pp. 33-64, 1999.(with Kathleen Thelen)
  • "Changing relations among the government, labor, and business in Japan after the oil crisis." International Organization, 42, 4: 659-687, 1988.

Articles in Book:

  • Megumi Naoi & Ikuo Kume, “Coalition of Losers: Why Agricultural Protectionism Has Survived during the Great Recession” in Politics in the New Hard Times: The Great Recession in Comparative Perspective (Cornell Studies in Political Economy) edited by Miles Kahler, David A. Lake, Cornell University Press, 2013.
  • "The Future of Nationally Embedded Capitalism: Industrial Relations in Germany and Japan" The End of Diversity? Prospects for German and Japanese Capitalism (Kozo Yamamura and Wolfgang Streeck, eds.) Cornell Studies in Political Economy: Cornell University Press, 2003.
  • "The rise of non-market training regimes: Germany and Japan compared", The Origins of Nonliberal Capitalism: Germany and Japan in Comparison (W. Streeck & K. Yamamura, eds.), Cornell University Press, 2001. with Kathleen Thelen.
  • "Institutionalizing Postwar Japanese Political Economy: Industrial Policy Revisited" in Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard and Susan Young, eds., State Capacity in East Asia: Japan, Taiwan, China and Vietnam (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).
  • "Cooptation or New Possibility? Japanese Labor Politics in the Era of Neo-Conservatism" in Michio Muramatsu and Frieder Naschold, eds., State and Administration in Japan and Germany: A Comparative Perspective on Continuity and Change (de Gruyter, 1997).
  • "Institutionalizing the Active Labor Market Policy in Japan: A Comparative View," in Hynug-ki Kim, Michio Muramatsu, T.J.Pempel, and Kozo Yamamura, eds., Japanese Civil Service and Economic Development (Clarendon-Oxford University Press, 1995).
  • "A Tale of Twin Industries: Labor accommodation in the Japanese private sector," in Gary Allinson and Yasunori Sone, ed., Political Dynamics in Contemporary Japan, Cornell University Press, 1993.


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