Main Focus

  • Ageing and care
  • Transnational retirement migration
  • The phenomenon of unclaimed deaths
  • Post-mortem cleaning work

Curriculum Vitae

2020 -     Researcher, Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung
2012-2020    Professor, University of Rikkyo (Japan)
2008-2012    Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore
2002-2008    Research Fellow, Asia Institute, National University of Singapore
2000-2002    Lecturer, University of Hull (UK)
2000            PhD in Southeast Asian Studies, University of Hull (UK)


Comparing public responses towards "unclaimed deaths" in Japan and Germany

Aging, Mobility and Emotional Labour in East and Southeast Asia

Changing the Feeling Rules. How Emotions Reshape Social Relations, c. 1700 to today (Collaborative Project)

Selected Publications

Toyota, M., "Kokodushi Einsame Tode in Japan", Special Issue on "Einsamkeit. Geschichte sozialer Nichtbeziehungen", Berliner Debatte Initial 33.1 (2022): 101-109.

Toyota, M., "Shut-In abroad: Social incapacitation among low-income male Japanese retirees in Thailand", Special Issue on "(Re-)Constructing ageing futures: Insights from migration in Asia and beyond", American Behavioural Scientist, 66.14 (2022): 1896-1911. DOI: 10.1177/00027642221075259

Toyota, M. and L.L. Thang, "Transnational retirement mobility as processes of identity negotiation: the case of Japanese in Southeast Asia", Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 24.5 (2017): 557-572.

Toyota, M. and M. Ormond, "Confronting economic precariousness through international retirement: Japan's old-age 'economic refugees' and Germany's exported grannies", in J. M. Rickly-Boyd, K. Hannam and M. Mostafanezhad (eds), Tourism and Leisure Mobilities: Politics, Work and Play (Routledge, 2016), pp. 134-146.

Toyota, M. and B. Xiang, "The emerging transnational 'retiring industry' in Southeast Asia", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 32.11/12 (2012): 708-719.

Toyota, M., S. Huang and B. Yeoh, "Caring for the elderly: the embodied labour of migrant care workers in Singapore", Global Networks 12.2 (2012): 195-215.

Toyota, M., "'Guarded globalization': The Politics of skill recognition on migrant health care workers", in D. W. Haines, K. Yamanaka and S. Yamashita (eds), Wind over water: Migration in an East Asian context (Oxford/New York: Berghahn Books, 2012), pp. 229-240.

Toyota, M., "Editorial introduction: International marriage, rights and the state in East and Southeast Asia", Citizenship Studies 12.1 (2008): 1-7.

Toyota, M., "Bringing the 'Left-behind' back into view in Asia: A framework for understanding the 'migration left behind nexus'", special isssue of Population, Space and Place 13.3 (2007): 157-161.

Toyota, M., "Ambivalent Categories: 'Hill tribes' and 'illegal migrants' in Thailand", in P.K. Rajaram and C. Grundy-Warr (eds), Borderscapes: Hidden geographies and isurrectionary politics at territory's edge (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007), pp. 91-116.

Toyota, M., "Ageing and transnational householding: Japanese retirees in Southeast Asia", International Development Planning Review 28.4 (2006): 515-531.

Toyota, M., "Subjects of the state without citizenship: the case of 'hill tribes' in Thailand", in W. Kymlicka and H. Baobang (eds), Multiculturalism in Asia (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 110-135.

Toyota, M., "Contested Chinese identities among ethnic minorities in the China, Burma and Thai borderlands", Ethnic and Racial Studies 26.6 (2003): 301-320.

Toyota, M., "Cross-border mobility and social networks: Akha caravan traders", in G. Evans, C. Hutton and K. Khun-Eng (eds), Where China meets Southeast Asia: Social and cultural changes in the border regions (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000), pp. 204-221.

Toyota, M., "The effects of tourism development on an Akha community: a Chiang Rai village case study", in M. Parnwell (ed.), Uneven Development in Thailand (Avebury: Ashgate, 1996), pp. 226-240.

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