Chapter title: How did Japanese university students survive the COVID-19 pandemic?

Author: Daichi Sugawara, Ph.D.

Affiliation: University of Tsukuba, Japan

Author: Akihiro Masuyama Ph.D.

Affiliation: Iryo Sosei University, Japan

Author: Takahiro Kubo, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Iryo Sosei University, Japan

Author: Masashi Mizuno, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Tokyo Kasei University, Japan

Author Biographies:

Daichi Sugawara, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the University of Tsukuba specializing in clinical psychology, positive psychology, and affective science. As a clinical psychologist, he provides reinstatement support to those on leave. He is currently leading an international project on mental health and resilience in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Akihiro Masuyama, Ph.D., is a researcher in clinical psychology at Iryo Sosei University. He has also engaged in clinical psychological practice in the field of education from elementary school to university. His current research interests are depression and cognitive control, depression and anxiety in adolescents, and COVID-19 and mental health.


Takahiro Kubo, Ph.D., is a specially appointed associate professor at Iryo Sosei University. He also works as a school counsellor in Iwaki, Fukushima. His research focuses on positive psychological concepts such as resilience and passion in teachers and children as a coping strategy for problems related to school maladjustment.

Masashi Mizuno, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer at Tokyo Kasei University, and a clinical psychologist at a psychiatric clinic. His research interests include career development in young people and self-compassion interventions for human service professionals.