Nobuhiro Kishigami is currently executive director of the National Institutes for the Humanities, Tokyo, Japan, in addition to professor of the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan. Since the mid-1980s, he has been conducting research on Indigenous cultures and societies in Arctic North America as well as urban centers of Canada, with a focus upon the Inuit of Canada. In recent years, his studies have extended to Indigenous bowhead hunting in northwestern Alaska and Arctic Canada. Having an interest in indigenous cultures along the North Pacific Rim, he plans to organize and carry out his research of the history and socio-cultural changes among the indigenous peoples along the North Pacific Rim.