Chie Nakane is Professor Emerita of Social Anthropology at the University of Tokyo. Her work focuses on cross-cultural comparisons of social structures in Asia, notably Japan, India and China. In 1970, Nakane became the first female professor at the University of Tokyo, where she served as Director of the Institute of Oriental Culture in 1980-82. In 1995, she became the first and only female member of the Japan Academy. She is also an honorary member of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.