Kiichi FUJIWARA is professor of International Politics and the Director of the the Policy Alternatives Research Institute at the University of Tokyo, teaching courses on international relations and international conflict at the Faculty of Law, Graduate Schools of Law and Politics, and the Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo. A graduate of the University of Tokyo (B.A. and M.A.), Professor Fujiwara studied as a Fulbright student at Yale University, before he returned to Japan at the Institute of Social Science (ISS). He first joined the faculty at Chiba University, and then returned to ISS for seven years before moving into the present position. He has held positions at the University of the Philippines, the Johns Hopkins University, and was selected as a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center at Washington D.C. Professor Fujiwara is a regular commentator on international affairs and Japanese foreign policy on Japanese TV networks, along with the BBC World Service and CNN. He is also a film buff and currently writes a column on cinema for the weekly journal AERA.

Keisuke IIDA

Keisuke IIDA is Professor in the Graduate School for Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has formerly taught at Princeton University and Aoyama Gakuin University. His current research interests include the politics of regional integration in East Asia, the politics of trade, including energy trade, and the political economy of financial and currency crises.


Hideaki SHIROYAMA is a Professor of Public Administration at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (the former Director), the Graduate School of Public Policy (the former Dean), and the Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo. His research focuses on international administration, science, technology and public policy, and public policy process. His publications include Transformation of Political Space and Policy Innovation 1 Political Theory of Policy Innovation (University of Tokyo Press, 2008), The Structure of International Aid Administration (University of Tokyo Press, 2007), Governance of Science and Technology (Toshindo, 2007), "The Harmonization of Automobile Environmental Standards between Japan, the United States and Europe" in Pacific Review vol. 20-3, "Administrative Reorganization and Public Sector Reform in Japan" in The Public Sector in Transition: East Asia and the European Union Compared (Nomos, 2007), "Technology Innovation and Diffusion for Environmental Protection," in Energy Market Restructuring and the Environment (The University Press of America, 2002). He also served as the Chairman of the Planning Committee of New Initiatives for Humanities and Social Sciences Program at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science from 2003-2008, as President of the PI forum, an NPO for consensus building in Japan from 2006-2008 and as a member of various government advisory councils on higher education, nuclear safety, food safety, fire protection, scenarios for climate mitigation, and industrial policy.


Akio TAKAHARA is professor of Contemporary Chinese Politics at the Graduate School of Law and Politics, the University of Tokyo. He received his DPhil in 1988 from the University of Sussex, and later spent several years as Visiting Scholar at the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong (1989-91) and the Japanese Embassy in Beijing (1996-98), and at the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University (2005-06). Before joining the University of Tokyo, he taught at J. F. Oberlin University (1991-95) and Rikkyo University (1995-2005). He also served as a Member of the Governing Body of the Institute of Development Studies, UK (1999-2003), and President of the Japan Association for Asian Studies (2009-11). He currently serves as the Secretary General of the New Japan-China Friendship 21st Century Committee, senior researcher of the Tokyo Foundation, and adjunct fellow of the Japan Institute of International Affairs.

Masahiro KOHARA

Dr. Masahiro Kohara is currently Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo. Before he assumed the current post in September, 2015, he had served as a career diplomat in Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 35 years.
He served as Counselor (1998) of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, Director of the Regional Policy Division of the Asian Bureau (1999), Director of Grant Aid Division of the Economic Cooperation Bureau (2001), Deputy Director General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau (2007), Consul-General of Japan in Sydney (2010) and Consul-General of Japan in Shanghai (2013).
Professor Kohara graduated from the University of Tokyo, earned his MA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley, and received his Ph.D. degree in International Relations from Ritsumeikan University.
His works include East Asian Community (Nihon Keizai Shimbun,Inc., Tokyo, 2005), National Interest and Diplomacy (Nihon Keizai Shimbun,Inc., Tokyo, 2007), Japan in the midst of Two Superpowers (Jiji Press, 2012), China's Dilemma (Discover21, 2012).

Chiyuki AOI

Chiyuki Aoi is Professor of International Security at the Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo. Aoi was educated at Sophia University (BA), the University of Tokyo, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS), and Columbia University (PhD). From September 2008 to September 2009, she was Visiting Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King's College London. Her main research interest is counterinsurgency history and theory (British and American), use of force in the post-Cold War era, and the transformation of warfare, especially with regard to technology and information. Her main publications include Legitimacy and the Use of Armed Force: Stability Missions in the Post-Cold War Era, Routledge (Contemporary Security Studies Series), 2011; Asia-Pacific Nations in International Peace Support and Stability Missions, Palgrave (Asia Today Series, Co-editor with Yee-Kuang Heng), 2014; UN Peacekeeping Doctrine Towards the Post-Brahimi Era?: Adapting to Stabilization, Protection & New Threats (Co-editor with Cedric de Coning and John Karlsrud), Routledge (Global Institutions Series), 2017; "Japan and Stabilisation: Contributions and Preparedness," RUSI Journal, Vol. 156, No.1 (February/March 2011), pp. 52-57.

For five years she held professional positions at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations University (UNU).

Yee Kuang HENG

Yee Kuang Heng is Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo. Before joining UTokyo, he was Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, where he also served as Assistant Dean for Research. Heng spent many years studying and then lecturing in the United Kingdom and Ireland. He graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a B.Sc. (First Class Honours) and then PhD in International Relations funded by a British Government research scholarship. After completing his PhD, he held faculty positions lecturing at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (2004-2007) and the University of St Andrews, United Kingdom (2007-2011). His work on Japan’s soft power includes peer-reviewed articles in journals such as The Pacific Review; International Relations of the Asia-Pacific; and Journal of Strategic Studies. Heng also conducts research on the transformation of warfare, globalization of risk and security studies. His fourth and most recent book is‘Managing Global Risks in the Urban Age: Singapore and the making of a Global City’ (Routledge, 2015).


Lully Miura, is Lecturer at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI) of the University of Tokyo. She graduated from the University of Tokyo and the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), and earned her PhD from the Graduate School for Law and Politics of the University of Tokyo. Miura was a researcher of PARI, the University of Tokyo until 2013. Her work has primarily been in International Politics and Comparative Politics covering both theoretical and policy research focusing on broadly defined security issues. Miura is an author of Civilian’s War: On the Origins of Aggressive Democracies (Civilian-no Senso) Iwanami, 2012, and her new book is Understanding Contemporary Japanese Politics and Diplomacy (Nihon-ni Zetsubou-shiteiru hito-no-tameno Seiji Nyumon) Bungei Shunju Publishers 2015.

Roberto ORSI

Roberto ORSI is currently Project Lecturer at the Security Studies Unit of the Policy Alternative Research Institute, and at the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he authored a dissertation about the concept of order in international politics. His main research interests are theory of international politics, critical theory, history of political concepts (especially European conservative thought) and East Asia regional security.

Nobuhiko TAMAKI

Nobuhiko Tamaki is a Project Researcher at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo. He also serves as a Lecturer at Kanagawa University, Aoyama Gakuin University, Rikkyo University, and Gakushuin University. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. His research focuses on international relations, alliance politics, U.S.–Japan relations, and international politics in the Asia-Pacific region. He studied at Boston University from 2009 to 2010 as a Fulbright student and at the Department of History, Yale University from 2011 to 2012 as a Visiting Assistant in Research. His main works (in Japanese) include “Japan Hands: The Transformation of U.S.–Japan Alliance and the Perception of Japan Experts in the U.S. Government, 1965–68,” Shiso 1017, (January, 2009); “Empires and Alliances: A Theory of Asymmetrical Alliance,” Ph.D. Dissertation (The University of Tokyo, 2014); “The Concept of Alliance Revisited: The Future of U.S-Alliance in the International Order,” Asian Review of Kanagawa University (March, 2016); “U.S.–Philippine Relations and the Vietnam War: The Paradox of Power in Asymmetrical Alliances,” Kokusai Seiji [International Relations], (April, 2017); and “The Dilemma of Alliance Management: U.S.–South Korea Alliance and Japan-Korea Normalization,” Kanagawa Hogaku (forthcoming).