Security Studies, Policy Simulation-Areas of Expertise

Dr AKUTSU Hiroyasu (Senior Fellow, Policy Simulation Division and Asia and Africa Division, Regional Studies Department, National Institute for Defense Studies)


1994 Bachelor of Law, Keio University
1996 Master of Law, Keio University
1999 Intensive Korean Language Course, Korean Language Institute, Yonsei University
Visiting Fellow, New Asia Research Institute (NARI), Seoul
2006 PhD in Political Science and International Relations, Australian National University
2010-2011 Visiting Fellow, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), London
2013 Visiting Scholar, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington DC
2018 Exchange Scholar, Development, Concepts, and Doctrine Centre (DCDC), UK Ministry of Defense, Shrivenham

Research Interests

-Political and military affairs on the Korean Peninsula

-Security issues in Northeast Asia

-Japan's strategic cooperation with the US, the ROK, and Australia

-Mathematical modeling and quantitative analysis of security concepts

-Strategic and security operations research (OR)

Selected Publications (English)

  • 'North Korea's Evolving Strategy toward the United States: Kim Jong Un's New Buy-Time Tactic,' North Korea's Security Threats Reexamined (National Defense Academy, March 2019)
  • 'EU-Japan Military Relations,' EU-Japan Security Cooperation: Trends and Prospects (Routledge, October 2018), co-authored with Simon Duke
  • 'Options to Update the U.S.-Japan Alliance: Common Strategic Objectives and the Indo-Pacific Strategy,' U.S. National Security Strategy: Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance (Wilson Center, May 2018)
  • 'North Korea's Nuclear and Missile Threats and Their Impact on Japanese Security,' The Future of East Asian Security (National Defense Academy, October 2017)
  • ‘The Security Strategy of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Regime: A Japanese Perspective,’ The Kim Jong Un Regime and the Future Security Environment Surrounding the Korean Peninsula (Chapter 6) (The 17th NIDS Symposium (FY 2016), July 25, 2016)
  • Strategic Japan: New Approaches to Foreign Policy and the U.S.-Japan Strategic Alliance (CSIS/Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)(Co-authored.)
  • China's Power and Asian Security (Routledge, 2015)(Co-authored.)
  • The Koreas Between China and Japan (Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2014) (Co-authored.)
  • Information Modeling and Knowledge Bases XVIII (IOS Press, 2007) (Co-authored.)
  • The Hegemon’s Alliance Security Dilemma: US accommodation with Japan and the ROK from 1994 to 2004 (ANU, 2006)
  • Korea-Japan Security Relations: Prescriptive Studies (Oruem Publishing House, 2000)(Co-authored.)
  • U.S.-Korea-Japan Relations: Building Toward a ‘Virtual Alliance’(CSIS, 1999)(Co-authored.)

Selected Journal Articles (English)

  • 'North Korea's Missile Shower Cements Japan's Defence Strategy,' East Asia Forum (ANU, March 3, 2018)
  • ‘A Japanese Perspective on North Korea at the Crossroad,' Journal of International Strategic Studies (European Centre of International Strategic Researches (CERIS), Spring, 2012)
  • 'Japan-China Maritime Relations: Dealing With New Dimensions,' Strategic Snapshots, Lowy Institute for International Policy/MacArthur Foundation (October, 2010)
  • ‘Towards a New Security Partnership between Japan and South Korea,’ Japan aktuell-Journal of Current Japanese Affairs (December, 2008)
  • ‘A New Era for Japan-ROK Relations,’ A JIIA Commentary (March, 2008)
  • ‘The New Shape of Asian Security,’ The Journal of International Security Affairs (Spring, 2007)
  • ‘Tokyo and Taipei Try to Tango,’ Far Eastern Economic Review (January, 2007)
  • ‘Japan’s Response to the US-Led War on Terrorism and Implications for the Korean Peninsula,’ New Asia (Spring, 2002)
Administration Division
The National Institute for Defense Studies :
5-1 ichigayahonmuracho, shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-8808 Japan
Phone: +81-3-3260-3019
FAX: +81-3-3260-3039