HANEDA Masashi is Professor of History at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia and Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo. Formerly, he served as Director of the Institute of Oriental Culture (2009) and as Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (2010–2012) at the University of Tokyo. His main research topics include global/world history, history of the East Asian maritime world, Islamic urban studies, Iranian history of the 16th–18th centuries and studies of European travel accounts on Persia. He has published a number of academic works in Japanese as well as in English, French and Chinese. He has received many prestigious awards, including the Mainichi Award for Publishing Culture (2002), the Asia-Pacific Award (2006), the Farabi International Award, Iran (2010), the Silver Award of Asia-Pacific Publishers (2010) and the Shiju Hosho (medal of honor with purple ribbon; 2017).