Masahiro Akiyama


Chairman, Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP). President, Akiyama Associates. 

Projects: Japan-Russia Strategic Dialogue; National Security Policy; Toward a New Economic Constitution of Japan; Building an Independent Fiscal Model.

Professor at Rikkyo University and, since 2008, visiting professor at CISS, Peking University.

Previous positions: professional career in government includes a number of key and senior positions, such as counselor in the Embassy of Japan in Canada, budget examiner in MOF’s Budget Bureau, head of the Banking Investigation Division in MOF’s Banking Bureau, chief of the Nara Prefectural Police Headquarters, and director general of Tokyo Customs; moved to the Defense Agency, serving as director general of the Defense Policy Bureau and the Finance Bureau, and administrative vice-minister of defense (1991–1998); visiting scholar at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University in 1999; chairman of the Ocean Policy Research Foundation (2001–2012; President & Senior Fellow, Tokyo Foundation (2012-2016).

Research interests: defense, national security, maritime issues, Arctic ocean, economic and financial issues. Selected publications: Maritime Security and Japan (2014); How to Handle Disputes in the South China Sea (2014); Maritime Security and the Right of Self-Defense in Peacetime (2013); Developing a Japan Policy towards the Arctic Ocean (2012).


Russia-Japan Summit Could Improve Relations, but No Breakthrough Expected
With the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Russia for a summit with President Vladimir Putin expected in April, Russia and Japan continue to have unsolved questions regarding their

Masahiro Akiyama
Compromise Possible on the Northern Territories
The present political situation in the two countries, moreover, is not favorable for advancing territorial negotiations.

Masahiro Akiyama
The Objectives of Japan’s New Security Legislation
The security-related legislation submitted by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has become very controversial, both in Japan and elsewhere. People are wondering why such bills were

Masahiro Akiyama
Japan’s Difficult Choices in Navigating its Ties with Russia
Japan has a keen interest in economic cooperation with Russia, including in the energy sector, which could make a positive contribution to the development of Russia’s Far East, Eastern Siberia, and

Masahiro Akiyama
The Limits of Governability
We are now confronted with the limits of global governability in the field of security, but this does not imply a need to overhaul the rules of the global order. The order should continue to be based

Masahiro Akiyama


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