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Daisuke Akimoto

Daisuke Akimoto, Ph.D. is an adjunct lecturer at the School of Political Science and Economics at Meiji University, an adjunct fellow of the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) at Temple University Japan Campus, and an associated research fellow of the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) Stockholm Japan Center, Sweden.

He is the author of “Japan as a Global Pacifist State (Peter Lang, 2013), “The Abe Doctrine” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), “Japan’s Nuclear Identity and Its Implications for Nuclear Abolition” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), and “Japanese Prime Ministers and Their Peace Philosophy” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022). His publications are available here.

Posts by Daisuke Akimoto
May 11, 2022

Will Australia and Japan Move Beyond the ‘Quasi-Alliance’?

By Daisuke Akimoto
The Russia-Ukraine War has only accelerated the deepening defense ties between Canberra and Tokyo. Will the two countries consider a formal alliance?

April 25, 2022

Japan’s New Diplomatic Bluebook: Revised by the Russia-Ukraine War

By Daisuke Akimoto
Japan has changed its approach to Russia compared to past editions of the annual report. Has Tokyo given up on a peace treaty with Moscow?
April 06, 2022

Offshore Wind Power May Be the Key to Japan’s Energy Security

By Daisuke Akimoto
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has forced the Japanese government to confront its energy sufficiency woes. Speeding up the development of offshore wind power is one solution.

March 31, 2022

TICAD: The Evolution of Japan’s Africa Diplomacy

By Daisuke Akimoto
The Tokyo International Conference on African Development has come a long way since its debut in 1993.

February 10, 2022

Japan’s Changing ODA Diplomacy

By Daisuke Akimoto
From ending aid to China to a new emphasis on health amid the pandemic, Japan’s Official Development Assistance is evolving.

January 14, 2022

In Memory of ‘Kaifu Diplomacy’ During the Gulf War Turmoil

By Daisuke Akimoto
The late Kaifu Toshiki is regarded as a symbol of Japan’s changing diplomacy in the post-Cold War period.
December 28, 2021

The Gates-Kishida Talks and Japan’s New ‘Global Health Strategy’

By Daisuke Akimoto
The Gates Foundation has consistently collaborated with Japanese business leaders for the betterment of global health.

December 16, 2021

What to Expect From Japan’s ‘Economic Security’ Legislation

By Daisuke Akimoto
The Kishida administration has emphasized economic security, but what does it mean?

October 14, 2021

What Is Kishidanomics?

By Daisuke Akimoto and Larissa Stünkel
Can Japan achieve the new prime minister’s plan for income doubling and economic security?

September 10, 2021

What If Kono Taro Becomes Japan’s Next Prime Minister?

By Daisuke Akimoto
The spirit of the Kono Statement will be welcomed by Beijing and Seoul - if Kono Taro truly intends to follow in his father's footsteps.

September 07, 2021

The Arrival of Kishida Diplomacy?

By Daisuke Akimoto
If Kishida Fumio, Japan's longest-serving foreign minister, becomes prime minister, what will his foreign policy agenda look like?
July 03, 2021

A Brief History of UFOs in Japan

By Daisuke Akimoto
As in the United States, the question of UFOs is gaining more attention, particularly as it relates to Japanese security.

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