Areas of Expertise

Professor Horiguchi is a socio-cultural and medical anthropologist whose geographical focus has been on Japan.

Teaching Interests

Professor Horiguchi has taught General Education courses on youth and cultural diversity as well as specialized courses in the anthropology of Japan and medical anthropology.


Professor Horiguchi's research interests lie in the social and medical anthropology of Japan, with a particular focus on youth mental health issues, education, and emerging multiculturalism in contemporary Japan. She has also been involved in medical anthropology education for medical professionals (especially those in primary care).

Representative Publications

  • “Challenging the ‘global’ in the global periphery: performances and negotiations of academic and personal identities among JET-alumni Japan scholars based in Japan” in Akihiro Ogawa and Philip Seaton (eds) New Frontiers in Japanese Studies. Routledge (2020)
  • "Mental Health and Therapy in Japan: Conceptions, Practices, and Challenges" in Jeff Kingston (ed) Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan. (Second Edition). Routledge (2019)
  • “Are Children Who Do Not Go to School “Bad,” “Sick,” or “Happy”?: Shifting Interpretations of Long-Term School Nonattendance in Postwar Japan” in Akiyoshi Yonezawa, Yuto Kitamura, Beverley Yamamoto, and Tomoko Tokunaga (eds) Education in Japan in a Global Age: Sociological Reflections and Future Directions. Springer (2018)
  • “’Unhappy” and Isolated Youth in the Midst of Social Change: Representations and Subjective Experiences of Hikikomori in Contemporary Japan” in Barbara Holthus and Wolfram Manzenreiter (eds) Life Course, Happiness and Well Being in Japan. Routledge (2017)
  • Co-editor, Foreign Language Education in Japan: Exploring Qualitative Approaches (with Yuki Imoto and Gregory S. Poole). Sense Publishers (2015)
  • "Hikikomori: How Private Isolation Caught the Public Eye" in Roger Goodman, Yuki Imoto, and Tuukka Toivonen (eds) A Sociology of Japanese Youth: From Returnees to NEETs. Routledge (2012)


  • D.Phil. and M.Phil. Social Anthropology, University of Oxford (St. Antony's College)
  • M.A. (with distinction) English Language Studies and Methods, University of Warwick
  • B.A. English Literature, Sophia University

Professional Associations

  • Anthropology of Japan in Japan (AJJ)
  • Japan Anthropology Workshop (JAWS)
  • European Association of Japanese Studies (EAJS)
  • Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA)