SAITO Kazuhiko


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Hiroshima University
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Major Professional Backgrounds

  • Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (1993)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Special Postdoctoral Researcher (2001-2005)
  • National Institute of Technology, Tokuyama College of Technology, Associate Professor (2005-2009)
  • Kanazawa University, Associate Professor (2009-2013)
  • Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Education, Associate Professor (2013-2015)
  • Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Education, Professor (2015-2020)

Please refer to the following link for more research achievements. Kazuhiko Saito (

Research Areas and Themes

My main research areas can be broadly divided into two areas:

(1) sports pedagogy and (2) international development and peace through sports. 


(1) Sports Pedagogy 

Sports pedagogy is a discipline that studies the relationship between sports and education as a social and cultural phenomenon without being constrained by the school system. I am currently researching the theory and practice of school physical education using various approaches. I am also researching the ideal method for Olympic and Paralympic education. 


(2) International  development and  peace through  sports

International development and peace can be described as a discipline that explores how a prosperous society can be built through physical education and sports. Currently, I am conducting research with a particular emphasis on the function of sports as a means of creating education, health, development, and peace with a focus on Japan, the United Nations, other countries, and other international organizations. A recent research theme is “International Comparative Research on Measures for Sports to Attain Development and Peace.”

Research Areas and Themes of the Students

It is possible to provide thesis guidance regarding sports in humanities and social sciences, focusing on sports pedagogy and international development and peace through sports.


The main research topics of the supervising students are as follows:
Master’s thesis = M
Doctoral dissertation = D

  • A case study of the outcomes of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers in the field of physical education: From perspectives of “Host country,” “Volunteer” and “Japan” [D]

  • The effect of Physical Education Teacher Training using Lesson Study in Republic pf Zambia [M]

  • A study on the actual conditions of school physical education in schools for the blind in the Republic of Senegal [M]

Message to Prospective Students

We are waiting for those who want to deeply study sports education and social development through sports.