Associate Professor
Programme Director, Japan Studies

Nakano, Yoshiko

Japanese Studies
PhD, MA Georgetown University
BA Meiji Gakuin University


Yoshiko Nakano grew up in Kawasaki, went to graduate school in Washington, D.C, and moved to Hong Kong in April 1997, three months before the territory’s historic return to Chinese sovereignty.

After joining the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Japanese Studies in 2000, Yoshiko began looking into the globalization of “Made in Japan” products. Using the rice cooker as an example of this process, she has examined how this electrical appliance was localized for the Chinese market, and how it has followed in the footsteps of Asian migrants and made its way around the world.

As a teacher in the Department of Japanese Studies, Yoshiko also looks for chances to involve Hong Kong’s Japanese community in our programs. She won a University Teaching Fellowship (2007) (later renamed as “Outstanding Teaching Award”) in recognition of her efforts to promote experiential learning programs. In June 2007, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Hongkong Japanese Club to sit alongside over 20 Japanese business leaders in Hong Kong. She is the only academic and one of two women on the Board.

In 2021, Yoshiko has been awarded the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation (外務大臣表彰)for her contributions to the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and Hong Kong.

KE Activities

Yoshko is a regular contributor to Japanese public broadcaster   NHK's radio program (ラジオ深夜便).   (2018-)

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Research Area

Globalization of Japanese products and services, Food technology and culture, International tourism advertising, Oral history of transnational experiences, Early Japanese Travelers and Residents in Hong Kong

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