Junior Research Fellow
Mr. Erik Isaksson is a Junior Research Fellow at ISDP’s Stockholm China Center. He holds a Master of Arts in Asian Languages and Cultures (with a specialization in Japanese) from Stockholm University. Mr. Isaksson has previously studied at Nihon University and Hokkaido University, as well as interned at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo and at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm. He is particularly interested in the role of identity, culture and history in East Asian international relations.
Publications by Erik Isaksson
Pacifist Identity, Civics Textbooks, and the Opposition to Japan’s Security Legislation
Summary: This article looks at how Japanese national identity is constructed in Japanese junior high school civics textbooks and how that narrative relates to recent Japanese security policy. The article […]
If Not North Korea, Who Will Be Japan’s Chief Antagonist?
The last year has seen sharp turns in the relationships between North Korea and its neighbors. After tough rhetoric back and forth between the United States and North Korea, we […]
Japan and North Korea: Toward Engagement for Regional Security
The current situation on the Korean Peninsula has invited debate on Japan’s perennial issue of constitutional revision. While this is a high-profile issue, other measures are needed to reduce tensions. […]