Mitsuda, Tatsuya



Faculty of Economics (Hiyoshi)


Associate Professor

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  • Tatsuya Mitsuda is Assistant Professor at Keio University, Tokyo/Yokohama, Japan.

    He was educated at Keio, Bonn and Cambridge, where he completed his PhD in History.

    His broad research and teaching interests span the intertwined social and cultural histories of food and animals, with particular reference to the German and Japanese experience in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

    His most recent publications include: “Entangled Histories: Germany Veterinary Medicine, c. 1770-1900”, Medical History 61/1 (2017), 25-47 and “‘Sweets Reimagined’: The Construction of Confectionary Identities, 1890-1930”, in Andreas Niehaus and Tine Walvarens (eds), Feeding Japan: The Cultural and Political Issues of Dependency and Risk (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

    Dr Mitsuda is currently writing a book on the history of sweets and snacking in Japan and a monograph on the history of infectious animal diseases in modern Germany.

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  • <Research>
    I am involved in the following four research projects:

    1. Meat in Germany 1700-1900
    2. Infectious animal diseases in Germany, 1750-1930
    3. Sweets and snackig in Japan, 1850-1980
    4. Imperial dimensions of meat consumption in Japan, 1890-1930

    My teaching spans topics close to my research field and takes place in a variety of formats, from individual supervisions to lectures with 100-200 students. Third and fourth year students - as well as overseas students - with a research interest in either food or animals are welcome to discuss with me dissertation projects.

    1. Lecture: History of Food (Liberal Arts)
    2. Lecture: History of Animals (Liberal Arts)
    3. International Center: History of Animals in Japan (Overseas students)
    4. Seminar: History of Food (English)
    5. Seminar: History of Animals (English)
    6. Research Seminar: History of Food (Japanese)
    7. Academic Skills
    8. Thesis supervision (on topics related to the history of animals or food)

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  • 2007.10

    Research Associate, Clare College, Cambridge

  • 2009.04

    Keio University, Faculty of Economics, Assistant Professor

Academic Background 【 Display / hide

  • 1998.10

    Bonn University, Faculty of Philosophy, History

    Germany, University, Other, Master's course

  • 2000

    Keio University, Graduate School of Economics

    Graduate School, Other

  • 2000.09

    Keio University, Faculty of Laws, Department of Politics

    University, Graduated

  • 2002.09

    Cambridge University, Faculty of History

    Graduate School, Completed, Master's course

  • 2002.10

    Cambridge University, Faculty of History

    Graduate School, Other, Doctoral course

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Academic Degrees 【 Display / hide

  • BA (Politics), Keio University, 2000.09

  • MPhil, Cambridge University, National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation, 2002.10

  • PhD, Cambridge University, National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation, 2007.10


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  • Humanities & Social Sciences / Japanese history

  • Humanities & Social Sciences / History of Europe and America

  • Humanities & Social Sciences / Area studies

  • Modern European Social and Cultural History

Research Keywords 【 Display / hide

  • Europe Japan Germany Animals Food Meat Horses Confectionary


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  • Portable Food Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2022

    Mark McWilliams, Prospect Books, 2023.07

    Scope: The Perils and Promises of Portability: Sweets and Snacks in Modernizing Japan ,  Contact page: 261-71 , Accepted

  • "Snacking, Health, Modernity: Moralizing Confections in Japan, 1890-1930", in Angela Ki Che Leung and Melissa L. Caldwell (eds), Moral Foods: The Construction of Nutrition and Health in Modern Asia

    Tatsuya Mitsuda, University of Hawaii Press, 2019.09

  • "'Vegetarian Nationalism': Critiques of Meat Eating for Japanese Bodies, 1880-1938", in Michelle T. King (ed), Culinary Nationalism in Asia

    MITSUDA Tatsuya, Bloomsbury, 2019.07

  • 飼う―生命の教養学13

    光田 達矢, 慶應義塾大学出版会, 2018.07

    Scope: ペットしか見えない都市空間ができるまでー近代ヨーロッパにおける動物たちの行き(生き)場

  • "‘Sweets Reimagined’: The Construction of Confectionary Identities, 1890-1930" in Andreas Niehaus and Tine Walvarens (eds), Feeding Japan: The Cultural and Political Issues of Dependency and Risk

    MITSUDA Tatsuya, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.05

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  • From Endurance to Escape: The Tokyo Summer as Lived Experience in the Twentieth Century

    Tatsuya Mitsuda

    Journal of Urban History (Sage)   2024.06

    Research paper (scientific journal), Single Work, Lead author, Accepted


  • Communist Pigs: An Animal History of East Germany's Rise and Fall by Thomas Fleischman (review)

    Mitsuda T.

    Technology and culture (Technology and culture)  63 ( 2 ) 525 - 527 2022

  • Consumed by Sweets: Parents, Children, and Snacking in Modern Japan

    Tatsuya Mitsuda

    The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (Johns Hopkins University Press)  14 ( 1 ) 63 - 84 2021.02

    Research paper (scientific journal), Single Work, Accepted

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    This article investigates the interplay between children, sweets, and parents in Japan before and after the Second World War. Focusing on the problems posed by the penny sweet shop and the street sweets it sold to children, it analyzes society's attempts to control and reform the contents of sweets and the practice of snacking. It demonstrates that street sweets served as powerful referents shaping middle-class notions of "proper" confections, how they should be made, with whom they should be shared, and where and when they should be purchased and eaten. It argues that children were formidable consumers who bought less into the nutritional or hygienic value of confections and more into the broader experience of snacking.

  • Imperial Bovine Bodies: Rendering Chinese Milk and Meat Fit for German and Japanese Consumption

    Tatsuya Mitsuda

    Asia Pacific Perspectives 16 ( 2 ) 4 - 33 2020.08

    Research paper (scientific journal), Single Work, Accepted

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  • From Colonial Hoof to Metropolitan Table: Imperial Biopolitics and the Commodification of Korean Bovine Bodies

    Tatsuya Mitsuda

    Livestock as Global and Imperial Commodities: Economies, Ecologies and Knowledge Regimes, c. 1500 – present, Commodities of Empire International Workshop, 


    Symposium, workshop panel (public)

  • Towards a nation of beef eaters? Fears, tastes and the edibility of "fresh" meat in Japan, c. 1870-1930

    Tatsuya Mitsuda

    Making East Asian Foods: Technologies and Values, 19th - 20th Centuries, University of Hong Kong, 


  • Mapping New Technologies of Slaughter: the ‘Model’ Abattoir in Tsingtao Under German, Japanese, and Chinese Rule, 1898-1930

    MITSUDA Tatsuya

    Closing the Gap – How Technology Changes Spatial Relationships Between Humans and Animals (Shanghai) , 


    Oral presentation (general), Nordic Centre

  • Bovine imperialism: Japanese livestock, the threat of animal diseases, and the supply of ‘safe’ meat and cattle in East Asia, c. 1890-1940

    MITSUDA Tatsuya

    Animal Agriculture from the Middle East to Asia (Cambridge, MA, USA) , 


    Symposium, workshop panel (public), Harvard Law School

  • Imposing confectionary identities in Japan, 1890-1935

    MITSUDA Tatsuya

    Culinary Nationalism in Asia (Chapel Hill, North Carolina) , 


    Oral presentation (invited, special), Department of History, University of North Carolina

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Research Projects of Competitive Funds, etc. 【 Display / hide

  • The Globalization of the Livestock Trade and Animal Health in Comparative Perspective


    Principal investigator

  • A comparative history of meat in Germany and Japan: production, safety, society


    MEXT,JSPS, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C), Principal investigator

  • A comparative history of meat-based societies: production, security and diet in modern Germany and Japan


    Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Tatsuya Mitsuda, Research grant, No Setting

  • Medicalization of meat in modern Germany: animals, food, veterinarians


    Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Principal investigator

  • From adults to children: the production, popularization and consumption of chocolate in Japan


    Keio University, Keio Gijuku Academic Development Funds, Research grant, Principal investigator

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Memberships in Academic Societies 【 Display / hide

  • Association for the Study of Food & Society (ASFS), 

  • Japanese Society for Veterinary History, 

  • Human Animal Relationship Society

  • Veterinary History Society

  • Social and Economic History Society (Japan)


Committee Experiences 【 Display / hide

  • 2017.05

    オブザーバー, 味の素食の文化センター 食の文化フォーラム

  • 2017.04

    評議員, 日本獣医史学会

  • 2016.03

    常任理事, ヒトと動物の関係学会