Yoshimitsu Sato

Nonresident Fellow

East Asia, Japan

Yoshimitsu Sato is a Nonresident Fellow at the Stimson Center with the East Asia/Japan Program, on assignment from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). Sato is a Surface Warfare Officer who has engaged in ballistic missile defense patrol mission, anti-piracy maritime escort operation off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden, and warning and surveillance activity in East China Sea. Previously, Sato served as Communication and Intelligence Officer at the Escort Flotilla Two Headquarters based on Sasebo, Nagasaki, and was in charge of electronic warfare and information operations. Sato has 11 years of experience coordinating with foreign militaries and conducting bilateral/multilateral navigational and combat exercises. Sato earned his B.A. in Science and Engineering from the National Defense Academy in Kanagawa, Japan and holds a M.A. focused on International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

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