Peacebuilding and Japan: Views from the Next Generation

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Peacebuilding and Japan: Views from the Next Generation presents policy briefs exploring Japan’s development of the concept of peacebuilding as well as its practical contributions. As Japan looks for ways to be an active force in spreading peace, it is working to expand the types of non-military contribution to peacebuilding, opening doors for broader Japanese participation and impact, as well as potentially creating options for other countries as well. Such efforts are welcome in a world where new and unexpected challenges require equally innovative responses. Japan is well-positioned to craft and test innovations for peacebuilding, both unilaterally and in partnership with the U.N. and the U.S.

Joining Yuki Tatsumi for a panel discussion are the four authors of the report: Kei Koga, Assistant Professor of the Public Policy and Global Affairs Program at Nanyang Technological University, Hiromi Nagata Fujishige, Associate Professor at the Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies at Hosei University,  Nobuhiro Aizawa, Associate Professor at Kyushu University, and Rie Takezawa, Researcher at the Institute for International Policy Studies in Tokyo.

WHAT: The launch of Peacebuilding and Japan, a volume of policy briefs exploring Japan’s development of the concept of peace building as well as its practical contributions.


Kei Koga is an Assistant Professor of the Public Policy and Global Affairs Program in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). His current research focuses on international relations theory, international security, international institutions, and East Asian security, including the transformation of U.S.-bilateral security networks and ASEAN-led institutions. Previously, he was a Japan-U.S. Partnership fellow at the Research Institute for Peace and Security, Tokyo; a postdoctoral fellow in the International Studies Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School; a Vasey fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS from 2009 to 2010; and the RSIS-MacArthur visiting associate fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU in 2010. He has published on East Asian security, U.S. and Japanese foreign policies, the U.S.-Japan alliance, and ASEAN. He received a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Hiromi Nagata Fujishige is an Associate Professor at the Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies at Hosei University, Tokyo. She is a specialist in security studies and conflict resolution studies. Her familiarity covers a wide variety of areas, including the U.N. and other peacekeeping/peacebuilding debates, state reconstructions challenges, Japan’s security agendas, and the U.K.’s “stabilization” efforts. Previously, she lectured at Nagoya University of Business and Commerce and was a research associate at the Japan Institute of International Affairs. She co-edited the first ever Japanese book focusing on security sector reform (Kokusai-Shoin, 2012) and Japan’s whole-of-government approach in spring 2016 (Naigai Shuppan). In early 2017, she will publish a book on the changing role of Japan’s military forces (Naigai Shuppan, forthcoming). She holds a B.A. from Doshisha University, a postgraduate diploma in War Studies from King’s College London, a M.Sc. in International Relations and Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Ph.D. in Political Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Nobuhiro Aizawa is an Associate Professor at Kyushu University. He is a specialist on Southeast Asian politics and earned his Ph.D. at Kyoto University in 2006.  Previously, he was a researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies at the Japan External Trade Organization. He also has worked at the National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies and has been a Visiting Fellow at both Cornell University and Chulalongkorn University.

Rie Takezawa is a Researcher at the Institute for International Policy Studies, a Tokyo-based think tank, and an adjunct lecturer at Musashino University on African politics. She previously served as a researcher at the Intelligence and Analysis Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, focusing on the sub-Saharan African countries. She was a research associate at the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation and a senior visiting researcher at the Keio Research Institute at SFC. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate studying international relations at Hitotsubashi University and a member of the Young Leaders Program at Pacific Forum CSIS. She holds an M.A. in Media and Governance and a B.A. in Policy Management from Keio University. Her areas of interests include Japan’s ODA and peacebuilding policy, and politics and regional security in Africa.

Yuki Tatsumi is a Senior Associate of the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center. Previously, she worked as a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as the special assistant for political affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington. In September 2006 she 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, she 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 at Johns Hopkins University in Washington.

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