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Yuki Tatsumi

Yuki Tatsumi

Yuki Tatsumi is Director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C.

Yuki Tatsumi is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center. She is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Canon Institute for Global Studies in Tokyo, Japan. She is a co-author of Global Security Watch: Japan (Praeger, 2010), an author of Opportunity out of Necessity: Impacts of US Defense Budget Cuts on the US-Japan Alliance (Stimson, 2013), and Japan’s National Security Policy Infrastructure: Can Tokyo Meet Washington’s Expectations? (Stimson Center, 2008).  She also is an editor of several books, including US-Japan-Australia Security Cooperation: Prospects and Challenges (Stimson, 2015), Japan’s Global Diplomacy: View from Next Generation (Stimson, 2015) and Japan’s Challenges in East Asia: View from Next Generation (Stimson, 2015).

Tatsumi 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 (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington.

Posts by Yuki Tatsumi
March 29, 2022

How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Changed Japan’s Security Policy

By Yuki Tatsumi
The current crisis in Ukraine will have a significant impact on the ongoing process to revise Japan’s National Security Strategy.

November 25, 2021

Will Japan-South Korea Relations Ever Get Back on Track?

By Yuki Tatsumi
There has been a fundamental shift in the dynamics surrounding Japan-South Korea relations, with both sides hardening their approach.
September 28, 2021

AUKUS: Lessons for Japan’s Defense Industry

By Yuki Tatsumi
If Japan’s leaders were surprised to be left out, they shouldn’t be. The culture surrounding Japan’s defense industry is not ready for an AUKUS-like partnership.

July 07, 2021

Tokyo Local Elections Are a Wake-up Call for Japan’s Ruling Party

By Yuki Tatsumi
Japan’s ruling coalition failed to win a majority in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election. Is this the beginning of a leadership vacuum in Japan?

May 21, 2021

Prospects and Challenges for Japan-Taiwan Security Cooperation

By Yuki Tatsumi
Tokyo has finally begun to openly recognize that the peace and security of the Taiwan Strait directly impacts that of Japan.

January 23, 2020

The Tough Road Ahead for US-Japan Host Nation Support Negotiations

By Yuki Tatsumi
With election season looming in the U.S., the question of Japan's financial contribution to the alliance could become politically fraught.
February 27, 2019

The Second Trump Kim Summit: No Good Option for Japan?

By Yuki Tatsumi
Realistically, the best Japan can hope for is a least-bad outcome.

May 16, 2018

Trump-Kim Meeting Is Set. What Now For Japan?

By Yuki Tatsumi
Japan's singular focus on the abductee issue is marginalizing Tokyo in the current round of North Korea diplomacy.

January 11, 2018

The Japan-South Korea ‘Comfort Women’ Agreement Survives (Barely)   

By Yuki Tatsumi
After months of speculation, Moon's administration decides to keep to the 2015 agreement.

January 03, 2018

Japan's Defense Policy Decisions in 2018

By Yuki Tatsumi
How will Japan make the most of a limited defense budget amid rising threats?

December 21, 2017

The US National Security Strategy: Implications for the Indo-Pacific

By Yuki Tatsumi
The Trump administration makes clear the Indo-Pacific is at the top of its strategic agenda.
December 12, 2017

What North Korea's ICBM Means for Japan's Defense Planning

By Yuki Tatsumi
Japan's defense planning will need to account for the increased threat from North Korea.

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