Yuki Tatsumi

Senior Associate
  • East Asia

Yuki Tatsumi was appointed senior associate of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center in September 2008 after serving as a research fellow since 2004. Before joining Stimson, Tatsumi worked as a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and as the special assistant for political affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington.

Tatsumi is a co-author of Global Security Watch: Japan (Praeger, 2010), an author of Japan's National Security Policy Infrastructure: Can Tokyo Meet Washington's Expectations? (Stimson Center, 2008), and an editor/contributing author of The New Nuclear Agenda: Prospects for US-Japan Cooperation (Stimson Center, 2012), North Korea: Challenge for the US-Japan Alliance (Stimson Center, 2010), Strategic Yet Strained: US force realignment in Japan and its impact of Okinawa (Stimson Center, 2008), and Japan's New Defense Establishment: Institutions, Capabilities and Implications (Stimson Center, 2007). In September 2006 Tatsumi testified before the House Committee on International Relations. She is a recipient of the 2009 Yasuhiro Nakasone Incentive Award. In 2012 she was awarded the Letter of Appreciation from the Ministry of National Policy of Japan for her contribution in advancing mutual understanding between the United States and Japan.

A native of Tokyo, Tatsumi holds a B.A. in liberal arts from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan and an M.A. in international economics and Asian studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington.  

Selected Analyses, Commentaries, & Publications

"Don't Expect Too Much of Japan's Defense Reforms" (The Diplomat, October 9, 2015)

"Japan Wants to Streamline Its Defense Industry" (The Diplomat, October 2, 2015)

"Japan's 'Proactive Contribution to Peace': Beyond Development Aid" (The Diplomat, September 29, 2015)

"Security Legislation Points to a Bigger Problem" (The Japan News, September 21, 2015)

"The Democratic Party of Japan: The Beginning of the End?" (The Diplomat, September 17, 2015)

"Japan's New Defense Budget: Fact Vs Fiction" (The Diplomat, September 5, 2015)

"Japan Can't Ignore Rising Tensions in Korea" (The Diplomat, August 22, 2015)

"Why You Should Listen to What Japan's Emperor Says on August 15" (The Diplomat, August 14, 2015)

"Japan History Commission Acknowledges 'Aggression,' Lessons Learned from WW2" (The Diplomat, August 8, 2015)

"Abe's 70th Anniversary Statement: What Should We Expect?" (The Diplomat, August 4, 2015)

"Japan Avoiding Reality in Security Debate" (The Japan News, July 25, 2015)

"Great Expectations During Japan Military Chief's US Visit" (The Diplomat, July 24, 2015)

"Japan's New Security Legislation: A Missed Opportunity" (The Diplomat, July 16, 2015)

"Abe's Okinawa Problem" (The Diplomat, June 24, 2015)

"Japan's Defense Reforms and Shinzo Abe's Image Problems" (The Diplomat, June 16, 2015)

"The Emerging Japan-Philippines Security Partnership" (The Diplomat, June 6, 2015)

"To Fight Terror, Japan Must Fix Its Intelligence Apparatus" (The Diplomat, June 1, 2015)

"What Japan's 'Proactive Contribution to Peace' Looks Like in Nepal" (The Diplomat, May 22, 2015)

"The Japanese Defense Reform No One Is Talking About" (The Diplomat, May 16, 2015)

"Japan Must Deliver Under New Defense Rules" (The Japan News, May 13, 2015)

"Stop Obsessing Over Abe's Congressional Speech" (The Diplomat, May 7, 2015)

"4 Takeaways from the New US-Japan Defense Guidelines" (The Diplomat, April 29, 2015)

"Is This What Shinzo Abe Will Say in Washington Next Week?" (The Diplomat, April 24, 2015)

"Congressional Speech, the Key to Abe's Visit to the US" (The Japan News, April 17, 2015)

"US-Japan-Australia Security Cooperation: Prospects and Challenges" (The Stimson Center, April 16, 2015)

"Japan's Global Diplomacy: Views from the Next Generation" (The Stimson Center, March 10, 2015)

"Obama's Strategy Poses Challenge for Japan" (The Japan News, February 21, 2015)

"Obama's Foreign Policy Efforts Meet Reality at Home" (The Japan News, December 5, 2014)

"Can Japan's National Security Strategy Outlive Abe?" (East Asia Forum, November 18, 2014)

"Abe (Finally) Meets Xi: A Step Towards Stabilization of Japan-China Relations?" (E-International Relations, November 16, 2014)

"GOP Congress an Opportunity for Japan?" (The Japan News, November 14, 2014)

"Can Abe Walk His 'Proactive Peace' Talk?" (The Japan News, September 25, 2014)

"Self-Defense Forces and Implications on Japan's Role" (Video) (The Center for New American Security, August 22, 2014) 

"History Impedes Future Progress in Northeast Asia" (Video) (The Heritage Foundation, August 19, 2014)

"Change in Collective Self-Defense Must Be Meaningful" (The Japan News, June 26, 2014)

"Obama's 'Reactive' Asia Trip" (Political Studies Association, May 5, 2014)

"Obama's Asia Trip: Manifestation of Its Own Limits" (The Japan News, May 3, 2014)

"US-Japan Cooperation in Southeast Asia" (Video) (The Heritage Foundation, April 25, 2014)

"Obama's Visit to Japan: Changing Perceptions is Key to Success" (The Stimson Center, April 23, 2014)

"What Obama Should Say About China in Japan" (ChinaFile, April 22, 2014)

"Obama's Asia Trip: Assurance is the Key" (The Hill, April 2, 2014)

"Abe Must Reestablish Trust with Obama" (The Japan News, April 1, 2014)

"Japan's Foreign Policy Challenges in East Asia: Views from the Next Generation" (The Stimson Center, March 11, 2014)

"The Myth of Pro-Japan Republicans" (The Japan News, February 21, 2014)

"ASEAN's Role in Providing Maritime Security" (The Center for New American Security, February 13, 2014) 

"Political Influence on Japanese Nuclear and Security Policy: New Forces Face Large Obstacles" (Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for  Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, February 2014)

"Abe's Yasukuni Visit Lost in Translation" (The Japan News, January 14, 2014)

"Opportunity Out of Necessity" (The Stimson Center, January 13, 2014)

"Japan Prime Minister's Visit to a Controversial War Shrine" (Video) (CNN, December 27, 2013)

"Japan's Wartime Behavior Still Complicates Relations with Asian Neighbors; How Much Apologizing Is Enough?" (International Business Times, November 4, 2013)

"No More Pie-In-The-Sky in US-Japan Ties" (Asia Times, October 11, 2013)

"Big Choices Face Japan's Prime Minister" (International Business Times, July 26, 2013)

"The New Politics and Economy of Japan" (Audio) (NPR's "On Point," July 24, 2013)

"Yuki Tatsumi on Japan's Economic Prospects" (Video, starting at 22:45) (CCTV Biz Asia America, July 23, 2013)

"Is Japan's Sun Rising Again?" (Video) (Al Jazeera, July 22, 2013)

"Senkaku Islands/East China Sea Disputes--A Japanese Perspective" (Center for Naval Analyses workshop report, April 2013)

"Yuki Tatsumi on Shinzo Abe's Second Term" (CCTV, February 22, 2013)

"Japan under DPJ Rule" (Harvard International Revie-w, January 31, 2013)

"Shinzo Abe gets a Second Chance: What is in Store for Him?" (CSIS Japan Chair Forum, October 22, 2012)

"US-Japanese Tensions Flare" (The National Interest, October 18, 2012)

"Maintaining Japan's Non-Nuclear Identity: The Role of U.S. Security Assurances" in Security Assurances and Nuclear Proliferation (Jeffrey w. Knopf ed. Stanford Security Studies, July 2012)

"A New US-Japan Military Alliance Starts Choppy" (quoted in the Medill National Security Zone, August 2, 2012)

"Thinking Through Japan-ROK Security Relations" (The Japan Times Online, August 1, 2012)

"DPRK Deadlock: Implications for the Future of US-Japan Defense Cooperation
(38 North, July 9, 2012)

"A View from Tokyo on Regional Politico-Military Developments(co-author, CIGS-EASQ, June 7, 2012)

"The US and Japan Make a Good Step Forward, for Now" (PacNet Newsletter, Pacific Forum/CSIS, May 3, 2012)

The New Nuclear Agenda: Prospects for US-Japan Cooperation (February 2012)

"Future of the US Marines in Okinawa – Long-term Risks for Short-term Gain?" (PacNet Newsletter, Pacific Forum/CSIS, February 16, 2012)

"Spotlight: Regional Implications and the Passing of Kim Jong-il" (December 20, 2011)

"US-Japan Security Relations: Toward a ‘Deeper and Wider Alliance’?" (June 28, 2011)

"One Month After Tsunami, What are Japan’s Biggest Needs?" (Featured on PBS NewsHour special, April 11, 2011)

"Viewpoint: Japan plant – who is in charge?" (BBC News Asia-Pacific, April 1, 2011)

"North Korea: Challenge for the US-Japan Alliance(editor, March 29, 2011)

"Spotlight: The Role of the Japan Self-Defense Forces in the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake(March 17, 2011)

Nakaima Wins in Okinawa: Implications for the US-Japan Alliance (Asia-Pacific Bulletin published by East-West Center on December 2, 2010)

North Korea: A Challenge for the US-Japan Alliance (editor, Stimson, 2010)

Global Security Watch Japan: A Reference Handbook (coauthor, Praeger, 2010)

Japan's National Security Policy Infrastructure: Can Tokyo Meet Washington's Expectation? (Washington: Henry L. Stimson Center, November 2008)

Stategic Yet Strained (Washington: Henry L. Stimson Center, September 2008)

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