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Daisuke Akimoto

Daisuke Akimoto, Ph.D. is an adjunct lecturer of the School of Correspondence Education (Faculty of Economics) at Hosei University, an adjunct fellow of the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) at Temple University Japan Campus, and an associated senior research fellow of the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP), Asia Program.

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
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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.
June 22, 2021

Can Japan Fix the Gender Gap in Its Politics?

By Daisuke Akimoto
Japan remains hesitant to formally tackle its male-dominated political system. But one woman might beat the odds and force real change.

May 13, 2021

Japan’s Ambivalent Diplomacy in Myanmar

By Daisuke Akimoto
Given its political and economic influence over the Myanmar military, the Japanese government can do more to help the international community pursue non-military R2P options.

April 07, 2021

Can Japan Be Both Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free?

By Daisuke Akimoto
Japan can – and should – pursue an energy mix that is both carbon-neutral and avoids reliance on nuclear energy.

March 23, 2021

Does Japan Need to Control Land Purchases by Foreigners?

By Daisuke Akimoto
A debate on the national security implications of foreign land ownership is underway in Japan.
March 12, 2021

Japan’s Changing Immigration and Refugee Policy

By Daisuke Akimoto
Tokyo has long been criticized for restrictive immigration policy. Can it change?

February 27, 2021

It’s Time to Enact Japan’s Magnitsky Act

By Daisuke Akimoto
Such legislation would boost Japan's credentials as a defender of human rights and practitioner of values-based diplomacy.
February 12, 2021

Japan Expects Biden to Rejoin the TPP

By Daisuke Akimoto
The U.S. was critical in convincing Japan to join the trade pact. Now Tokyo wants to bring Washington back into the fold.

October 01, 2020

Is Japan’s Defense Industry in Decline?

By Daisuke Akimoto
Despite worrying indicators, Japan’s defense industry is expected to remain in good health.

August 07, 2020

Explaining Japan’s Policy Debate on Strike Capability

By Daisuke Akimoto
The policy debate over Japan’s acquisition of a strike capability against enemy bases is not a new topic.

March 31, 2020

What is the Future of Japan’s Nuclear Diplomacy?

By Daisuke Akimoto
It’s time for Tokyo to sign and ratify the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.
March 18, 2020

Japan’s Emerging ‘Multi-Domain Defense Force’

By Daisuke Akimoto
Japan’s new defense budget foresees cross-domain operations in space, cyberspace, and electromagnetic domains.

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