Position: Professor

MAIL: okamoto [at] cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp

Research Departments

Political & Economic Coexistence


Area Studies, Political Science

Research Interests

Local Politics in Southeast Asia
Politics of Peast Swam Restoration in Indonesia
Politics of ICT in Southeast Asia

Local Politics in Southeast Asia
I have conducted a comparative research on local governance in Southeast Asia, a comparative and rather comprehensive research on local elite in three Southeast Asian countries (Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia) with a quantitative method and also a historical transformation of local politics in Indonesia. The second quantitative research is the first trial in the world and show the characteristics of local governnance in three countries with a quantitative and comparative perspective. The thrid one shows the continuity and discontinuiry of local politics in Java since the colonial period. The intreguing fact is the survivavility of local bureaucrats as local heads and vice local heads in Java.

Politics of Peast Swam Restoration in Indonesia
The haze caused by the fire on peat swamp in Indonesia was devastating not only in Indonesia but also in the archipelago Southeast Asia in 2015. That prompted the Indonesian government to start the peat swamp restoration project. This research aims to analyze the politics of the project from the national to the village level. Most of the government projects have been implemented without detailed information on the realities and, therefore, they have tended to be going badly. The peatswam restoration project is not exceptional. The research aims to find out the political bottlenecks that hamper the smooth implemantation of the project and give some policy recommendations.

Politics of ICT in Southeast Asia
ICT-zation has been giving siginificant impacts on Southeast Asian societies and politics. Without understanding the cyber-space politics, we fail to understand the newly developing politics in Soutehast Asia. As a first step, I have started to conduct the cyber-space politics during the 2019 presidential election in Indonesia. It is a phenomenal post-truth politics. Based on this analysis, I am hoping to expand my research by including ICT politics in other Soutehast Asian countries.

    Research Publications

  • Ota Atsushi, Okamoto Masaaki and Ahmad Suaedy eds., Islam in Contention: The Rethinking of Islam and State in Indonesia., 2010, Jakarta: CSEAS, CAPAS and Wahid Institute.x+468p
  • Okamoto Masaaki and Abdur Rozaki eds., Kelompok Kekerasan dan Bos Lokal di Indonesia Era Reformasi, 2006, Yogyakarta: IRE Press. xxii p.+161p.


    Academic Articles

  • 2014 Okamoto Masaaki and Honna Jun, Introduction: “Local” Politics in Jakarta: Anomaly from Indonesia’s Local Politics?, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Studies, Vo. 33, No. 1, 3-6
  • 2014 Okamoto Masaaki, Jakartans, Institutionally Volatile, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Studies Vo.33, No.1, 7-28
  • 2014 岡本正明, 「インドネシアにおけるイスラーム主義政党の脱モラル化」, 小杉泰編『環インド洋地域における宗教復興・テクノロジー・生命倫理』(京都大学大学院アジア・アフリカ地域研究研究科附属イスラーム地域研究センター・同附属現代インド研究センター)、75-86頁
  • 2014 岡本正明、砂原庸介、籠谷和弘、永井史男、ワフユ・プラスティアワン 「インドネシア地方自治体エリートサーベイ調査」, 『法学雑誌』(大阪市立大学)第60巻第2号、1−40頁
  • 2014 岡本正明 「環境にやさしいアブラヤシ農園というディスコースの誕生:インドネシアのアブラヤシ農園拡大戦略から」, 『地域研究』14巻1号、238-263頁