Yukio Satoh was Japan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations until 2002. He is also one of the five commissioners of the National Public Safety Commission.

During his forty years in the diplomatic service, his postings included director of the Japan-U.S. security treaty division, secretary to Foreign Minister Sunao Sonoda, director-general of the North American bureau, as well as secondments to the finance ministry and the Miyazaki prefectural police as its chief. He also served as ambassador to Australia and the Netherlands.

He was research associate at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, where he wrote "Evolution of Japanese Security Policy" for the Adelphi Paper series.



Seki Tomoda was professor of international relations at Asia University, Tokyo. A long time journalist, he was an editorial board member at Sankei Shimbun. Expert on Japanese foreign policy and Southeast Asia, he is the author of numerous books in Japanese, including The Vietnamese Revolution Betrayed and Introduction to Japanese Diplomacy. He is fluent in French and English.


Takashi Osanai is on leave from the Foreign Ministry. He is an expert on Russian Affairs. He has 10-years experience in Russia, during which he served as Consul-General of Japan in Khabarovsk and Minister at the Japanese Embassy in Russia. He holds a degree in Social Studies from Hitotsubashi University.


Toshiyuki Fujiwara was ambassador to Azerbaijan and Georgia. Fluent in Turkish, he is Japan's leading expert on the Turkic region, including the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. He has worked on conflict resolution in the Caucasus. He holds a degree in law from Keio University.


Yukihiro Nikaido was Director of Japan Information Center at Consulate General of Japan in New York. Previously, he was Deputy Head of Mission at the Japanese Embassy in Iran. Before joining JIIA in 2007, he spent a year as professional fellow at the East Asian Institute of Columbia University. He holds a degree in law from Keio University.



Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (CPDNP)

Takaya Suto was ambassador to Denmark, Iran and Egypt. He is an expert on disarmament and Middle Eastern politics and economics. He has authored numerous books and articles on Middle Eastern affairs and Japan-Middle Eastern relations.

Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC)

Yoshihisa Ara is professor at Saitama Institute of Technology and president of the Philippine Society of Japan. He was ambassador to the Philippines and Algeria, and managing director of the Japan Foundation.

Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP)

Katsunari Suzuki was Japan's representative for the normalization talks with North Korea and representative to the executive board of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) until 2005. He was ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Viet Nam and Brazil, and executive director of the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters at the Prime Minister's Office.



Kohji Inomata is resident senior fellow of The Japan Institute of International Affairs.
Expertise: Russian politics and foreign policy.
Language: English and Russian.

Hirofumi Tosaki is resident senior fellow of the Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.
Expertise: Arms control, disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation.
Language: English.



Hideaki Asahi is professor of international security at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo. He was ambassador to East Timor.

Tsutomu Kikuchi is professor of international political economy at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo.
Expertise: International political economy of the Asia-Pacific, APEC, Japanese foreign policy.
Language: English.

Fumiaki Kubo is professor in the faculty of law at the University of Tokyo.
Expertise: American politics and foreign policy.
Language: English.

Hideya Kurata is professor of sociology and policy studies at Kyorin University.
Expertise: North and South Korean politics and foreign relations, international security.
Languages: Korean, English and German.

Seiichiro Takagi is professor of the School of International Politics, Economics and Business at Aoyama Gakuin University. He was director of area studies at the National Institute of Defense Studies.
Expertise: Chinese foreign relations, Japan-China relations, Asia-Pacific security.
Languages: Chinese and English.



Nobumasa Akiyama is associate professor at Hitotsubashi University.
Expertise: Arms control, peace building and conflict prevention.
Language: English.

Yoshihiko Mizumoto is lecturer at Nishogakusha University.
Expertise: Japan-US security relations, alliance politics.
Language: English.

Toshihiro Nakayama is associate professor at Tsuda College.
Expertise: American politics and foreign policy.
Language: English.

Noriko Sado is associate professor at Hiroshima Shudo University.
Expertise: Peace building and conflict prevention, international security.
Language: English.



Narihiro Bono
Expertise: International political economy in the Asia-Pacific, regional cooperation/integration.
Language: English.

Hiromi (Nagata) Fujishige
Expertise: Japan's security policy, Peacebuilding.
Language: English.

Sukeyuki Ichimasa
Expertise: Arms Control, disarmament, non-proliferation, security studies, CTBT
Language: English.

Tetsuro Iji
Expertise:Conflict resolution, International negotiation and mediation.
Language: English.

Chihaya Kokubo
Expertise: European integration, European foreign and security policy, French politics.
Languages: French and English.

Satoru Miyamoto
Expertise:Security in Northeast Asia, Civil-military relations, Nuclear deterrence.
Languages: Korean, English and Chinese.

Nao Shimoyachi
Expertise:Japanese foreign policy,international law.
Languages: English.

Takayuki Yokota
Expertise: Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.
Languages: Arabic and English.

Takeshi Yuzawa
Expertise: Asia-Pacific security, Japan-US security relations, International relations theory.
Languages: English.



Nandakumar Janardhanan(2006-2007 JIIA Fellow) is a research assistant ofthe Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA), India. His research topic is "Role of Japan in the Regional Energy Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia."

XiaoJun Ma (2006-2007 JIIA Fellow) is a professor in international politics at the Institute of International Strategic Studies of CCPS, China. Hisresearch topic is "Strategic Security and International Cooperation of Energy in East Asia."

Anuar E. Ayazbekov (2005-2006 JIIA Fellow) is research fellow of the Foreign Policy Unit of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He is working on "Problems of Security Mechanism Formation in the Asia-Pacific region."

Ziba Farzinnia (2005-2006 JIIA Fellow) is director of the Publication Center at the Institute for Political and International Studies, Iran. Her research topic is "Japan and Southwest Asia in light of new trends in international politics."

Bae Jung-Ho (2005-2006 JIIA Fellow) is a senior research fellow of the Institute for National Unification, Seoul. His research topic is "U.S.-Japan Alliance, the Korean Peninsula, and Korean-Japanese Cooperation."

Raviprasad Narayanan (2005-2006 JIIA Fellow) is an associate fellow of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. His research topic is "China's Foreign Policy Decision-Making in the Reform Period with Japan: A case Study of the Senkaku-Diaoyu Islands Dispute."

Khong Thi Binh (2005-2006 JIIA Fellow) is editorial board secretary of the Journal of International Studies, Institute of International Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam. She is working on "Recent Japan-China Relations and Implications for East Asian Security."



Masayuki Kimura is professor of the International Research Institute of Health and Welfare, International University of Health and Welfare.

Nobutaka Miyahara was minister-counselor and deputy chief of mission in Afghanistan.

Hideo Watanabe was consul general in Guangzhou and Shenyang, China, and in Jesu, South Korea.



Ryoichi Hamamoto is a senior research fellow at the Yomiuri Research Institute, The Yomiuri Shimbun. He was the paper's chief of Hong Kong and Beijing bureaus.

Yasunori Kawakami is on the editorial board of The Asahi Shimbun. He was the paper's Middle Eastern and African General Bureau chief.



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