Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the Monterey Institute of
International Studies, Professor Akaha specializes in Japanese foreign and security
policy, international relations of the Asia Pacific, international political economy, and
international marine affairs. He came to the U.S. as an American Field Service (AFS)
student during high school. He was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Tokyo and
Seikei University (Tokyo), and a Japan Foundation Research Fellow at Hokkaido
University's Slavic Research Center (Sapporo). He is a Visiting Professor at the
University of Shimane. He has served as President of Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast
(ASPAC) and of the Comparative Interdisciplinary Studies Section of the International
Studies Association. 

Articles

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Japanese Policy toward the North Korean Problem: Balancing Bilateralism and Multilateralism, Journal of Asian and African Studies (2007)

North Korea became an urgent problem for Japan as a result of the 1994 nuclear...

 

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Cross-border Migration as a New Element of International Relations in Northeast Asia: A Boon to Regionalism or a New Source of Friction?, Asian Perspective (2004)

This article explores the implications of the growing cross-border human flows in Northeast Asia for...

 

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Restructuring Environmental Policy in Japan: The 1990s and Beyond, Journal of East Asian Studies (2001)

Japan's environmental policy has shifted its focus from domestic pollution control in the 1960s and...

 

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Beyond Self-Defense: Japan’s Elusive Security Role under the New Guidelines for US-Japan Defense Cooperation, Pacific Review (1998)

During the Cold War, Japan's foreign policy was greatly influenced by the strategic policy of...

 

Books

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国境を越える人々: 北東アジアにおける人口移動 (with Anna Vassilieva) (2006)

Translation of: Crossing national borders: human migration issues in Northeast Asia

 

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Crossing National Borders: Human Migration Issues in Northeast Asia (with Anna Vassilieva) (2005)

International migration and other types of cross-border movement of people are becoming an important part...

 

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The Future of North Korea (2002)

This collection of essays by noted scholars of Asian security examines the perspectives and interests...

 

Contributions to Books

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Images in Tinted Mirrors: Japanese-Russian Perceptions in Provincial Japan (with Anna Vassilieva), Japan and Russia: Three Centuries of Mutual Images (2008)
 

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Japan and the Recurrent Nuclear Crisis, North Korea Policy: Japan and the Great Powers (2006)
 

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Non-traditional Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia, Broadening Asia's Security Discourse and Agenda: Political, Social, and Environmental Perspectives (2004)
 

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Environmental Consciousness in Sakhalin: Background and Views on theSakhalin Offshore Oil-Gas Development (with Anna Vassilieva), Russian Regions: Economic Growth and Environment (2000)
 

Book Reviews

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Review of Wolf Mendl, Japan’s Asia Policy, Journal of Asian Studies (1997)
 

Conference Papers

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The Russian Presence in Contemporary Japan: Case Studies in Hokkaido and Niigata (with Anna Vassilieva), “Cross-border Human Flows in Northeast Asia: A Human Security Perspective," May 10-11, 2004, Center for East Asian Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies (2004)
 

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Russian Migrants in Niigata and Hokkaido: A Research Update (with Anna Vassilieva), International seminar on “Human Flows across National Borders in Northeast Asia,” Center for East Asian Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, and the United Nations University, Tokyo, November 20-21, 2002 (2002)
 

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The Russian Presence in Niigata and Hokkaido: Preliminary Analysis of Surveys and Interviews (with Anna Vassilieva), International seminar on “Human Flows across National Borders in Northeast Asia,” Center for East Asian Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, November 2-3, 2001 (2001)
 

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