Associated Senior Research Fellow
Daisuke Akimoto Ph.D. is an Associated Research Fellow of the Institute for Security & Development Policy (ISDP), Asia Program. He is a former Assistant Professor at the Soka University Peace Research Institute and a former Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney. His recent publications are “Japan’s Nuclear Identity and Its Implications for Nuclear Abolition” (Palgrave Macmillan 2020) and “Japanese Prime Ministers and Their Peace Philosophy” (Palgrace Macmillan 2022).
Publications by Daisuke Akimoto
Japan’s National Security Strategy: On Road to Upending Post-War Pacifism?
Late in 2022, Japan’s ruling government, led by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, endorsed the makings of a pioneering national security policy. It is one that aligns with former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s goal to […]
Japan Leads the Way in Global Health Diplomacy: The Case of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Abstract: This issue brief aims to investigate Japan’s policy toward “neglected tropical diseases” (NTDs) in light of Japan’s global health diplomacy. It confirms the significance of the so-called ‘Hashimoto Initiative’ […]
Japan’s New Diplomatic Bluebook: Revised by the Russia-Ukraine War
Introduction: On April 22, Japan’s latest Diplomatic Bluebook, an annual diplomatic report published by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), was reported to a cabinet meeting of the Kishida administration. […]
Japanese Prime Ministers and Their Peace Philosophy
This book focuses on the lives and peace philosophy of Japanese prime ministers from 1945 to the present, attempting to extract one consistent political philosophy, namely, the ‘peace philosophy’ that has consistently […]
What Is Kishidanomics? Can Japan achieve the new prime minister’s plan for income doubling and economic security?
Introduction On October 14, new Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio dissolved the House of Representatives to make way for a general election to be held on October 31. Heading into […]
Japan’s Multi-Domain Defense Force: The Space, Cyber, and Electromagnetic Domains
This article sheds light on Japan’s “Multi-Domain Defense Force” formulated in the National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG) as well as the Medium Term Defense Program (MTDP) (FY2019-FY2023) approved by the […]
It’s Time to Enact Japan’s Magnitsky Act
This article was originally published in the Diplomat. Such legislation would boost Japan’s credentials as a defender of human rights and practitioner of values-based diplomacy. On January 27, a group met […]
Japan Expects Biden to Rejoin the TPP
This article was first published in the Diplomat. The U.S. was critical in convincing Japan to join the trade pact. Now Tokyo wants to bring Washington back into the fold. […]
Japan’s Death Penalty System: An Analysis on the Possibilities of Suspending or Abolishing the System
Introduction From April 20-27, 2020, the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, also known as the Kyoto Congress, is scheduled to be held in Kyoto. In […]