Seiji Takaku, PhD

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Seiji Takaku joined Soka University of America in 2002 as a professor of psychology. Before joining the faculty at SUA, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Minnesota State University. He received his BA with magna cum laude from UCLA, his MA from California State University, Long Beach, and his PhD from Claremont Graduate University. His dissertation on a cross-cultural examination of forgiveness won the Arthur H. Brayfield Dissertation Award for the Most Meritorious Dissertation in Psychology in 2000.

His research interests focus on cross-cultural examinations of people’s apology (and excuse)-giving behavior, interpersonal forgiveness, and various strategies involved in interpersonal/inter-group conflict resolutions. He published several articles and book chapters on these topics.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading good books and playing golf. He also enjoys pumping iron every morning as he once dreamed of becoming a professional bodybuilder. His morning work-out routine has inspired a group of many “alpha male” students on campus who call themselves “Seiji Wannabees,” and he just wishes them the best.

He resides in Aliso Viejo with his wonderful wife Takako (Kiko), their adorable, smart, and very funny twin boys, Max and Leo, and their “show-quality” pet Maltese Milky.

  • PhD, Claremont Graduate University
  • MA, California State University, Long Beach
  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Attribution, Motivation, & Emotion
  • Core: Enduring Questions
  • Introduction to Pacific Basin
  • Learning Cluster
    • Lies, Excuses, and Apologies
    • Exploring Forgiveness
    • Detecting Lies and Deceits
  • Apology and forgiveness
  • Cross-cultural studies on interpersonal & intergroup conflict resolutions
  • Motivation theories in psychology and Weiner's theory of attribution in particular
  • Apology and account giving. In K. Ohbuchi (Ed.), Psychology of Conflict, Aggression, and Justice. Kyoto: Kitaoji Shobo. 2016.
  • A Cross-National Examination of the Perpetrator - Victim Account Estimation Bias as a Function of Different Types of Accounts, Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 2010
  • A cross-cultural study on victim's responses to apology in interpersonal and intergroup conflicts, Tohoku Psychologica Folia, 2008
  • Conflicts and forgiveness. In K. Ohbuchi (Ed.), Social Psychology of ConflictKyoto: Kitaoji Shobo, 2008
  • Reducing "road rage": An application of the dissonance-attribution model of interpersonal forgiveness, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 2006
  • What can Eastern philosophies teach us about psychology of human conflict? Daibyaku-Renge, Seikyo Shimbun Press, 2005
  • Immigration and ethnic conflict in comparative perspective. The Psychology of Ethnic and Cultural Conflict, Westport, CA: Greenwood, 2004
  • Perception and interpretation of terrorism, justice, and peace: Three cultures and two sides of one coin. Psychology of Ethnic and Cultural ConflictWestport, CA: Greenwood,2004
  • A cross-cultural examination of the effects of apology and perspective taking on forgiveness, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 2001
  • The effects of apology and perspective taking on interpersonal forgiveness: Introducing a dissonance-attribution model of interpersonal forgiveness, Journal of Social Psychology,2001
  • Culture and status influences on account-giving: Comparison between the U.S.A. and Japan, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 2000
  • 2002-present, Professor, SUA
  • 2000-2002, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Professor of the Year Award, 2010
  • Recipient of the Arthur H. Brayfield Most Meritorious Dissertation of the Year Award from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, 2000
  • Nominated for the most outstanding master's thesis of the year, California State University, Long Beach, 1997
  • Magna Cum Laude from UCLA, 1993