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.
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...
国境を越える人の流れと北東アジア地域統合への道 (Human flows across national borders and a path to regional integration in northeast Asia), ERINA Report (2004)
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...
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...
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...
Russia and East Asia: informal and gradual integration (with Anna Vassilieva) (2014)
The US-Japan Alliance : Balancing Soft and Hard Power in East Asia (with David Arase) (2010)
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
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...
The Future of North Korea (2002)
This collection of essays by noted scholars of Asian security examines the perspectives and interests...