Naofumi Nakamura is a professor at the Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo. He obtained a Ph.D. in history from Kyushu University in 1997. His main research subjects are the economic and business history of modern Japan, which includes railroad history, local history, history of technological transfer, the business history of international relations, and oral histories of managers and laborers. His publications (book only) include Nihon Tetsudo-gyo no keisei (The Formation of Japan’s Railways: 1869-1894) (Nihon Keizai Hyoron-sha, 1998), Chihō karano Sangyō-kakumei (Reconsidering Japan’s industrial revolution: A local perspectives) (The University of Nagoya Press, 2010), Umi wo wataru Kikansha (Trading locomotives: The first globalization and the development of Japan’s railways, 1869-1914) (Yoshikawa Kōbun-kan, 2016), La Révolution Industrielle des régions du Japon, (Les Belles Lettres 2021, translated by Alexandre Roy and Claude Michel-Lesne), and Iwanami-koza Nihon Keizai no Rekishi (The Iwanami Series to Japanese Economic History) 6 volumes (co-eds. with K.Fukao and M.Nakabayashi, Iwanami Shoten, 2017-2018).