Tokumori Makoto is lecturer in the Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies at the University of Tokyo. He specializes in comparative studies of Japanese literature and culture. He has been working on a shared research project on rethinking ancient Japanese literature as part of East Asian Classical tradition. His current research focuses on textual analyses of the oldest historiographical texts in Japan and the history of their interpretations. In addition he has been interested in the currents of thought in eighteenth century Japan. His book about a comparative study of a Confucian economist in eighteenth century Japan will be published in 2012.