Osamu Sakura
Osamu Sakura (Ph.D.)
Team Leader


  • Team leader
    Osamu Sakura
  • Deputy team leader
    Shin-ichi Fukuzumi
  • Visiting scientist
    Yoko Fujishima
  • Visiting scientist
    Yueh-hsuan Weng
  • Visiting scientist
    Yukiko Tanikawa
  • Visiting scientist
    Terumi Umematsu
  • Part-time worker I
    Nozomi Ohtsuki
  • Part-time worker II
    Hikaru Asano


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Our research focuses on the public image of AI/robots in Japan and other East Asian countries. More specific targets are its historical transitions and its representations in fictional materials including sci-fi. Also planned is comparative research of the public images among East Asian, or Buddhist, countries. It is expected that the public images may be somewhat different from those in the Western countries which put their base of cultural norm on Judeo-Christianity. The discontinuity has been emphasized between humans and animals in Christian thinking, while from the Buddhist view human beings are placed in part of the nature. We are tackling to propose rather unique perspectives on human-AI relation from the East Asian viewpoint.

Main Research Field
Research Field
Social Sciences & General / Environment & Ecology
Research Subjects
Relation of science knowledge and human values
How the developments of science and technology has been changing humans and society
Biological and cultural evolution of human beings

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