I am Associate Professor at the College and Graduate School of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. I am also a Research Associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland.
My research focuses on global IR theory, peacebuilding/conflict management, and the role of non-Western powers (especially Russia, Japan, and China) in the transformation of international orders. I have received grants from the Japanese government, the Japan Securities Scholarship Foundation, the Rotary Foundation, the Honjo International Scholarship Foundation, and the Swiss National Science Foundation, among others.
I received a Ph.D in International Relations and Political Science from the Graduate Institute in 2018. Before 2018, I studied at Tohoku University in Japan, at the University of California at Davis/ UC Washington DC Center (UCD/UCDC) in the United States, and at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in Russia.
As a part of the CCDP research team in Geneva, I have advised various governments and UN agencies, including ILO, OCHA, and DFID, among others. Recently, I also served as an advisor to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology on the rise of new political technologies and emerging global challenges.
I was born in Yamagata, an agricultural province in Northern Japan known for its mountainous terrain. For much part of the last 530 years, my family lived in the mountains (we still own several mountains in the region). I was the first in my family to be born on the non-mountainous part of the province (the "city-side").
Photography is one of my hobbies. Most photos appearing on this website were taken by me.