Establishment of an Information Platform to Support the Liberal Democratic Order

Supported by the research grant for diplomacy and security of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the RCAST Open Laboratory for Emergence Strategies will conduct a research project from fiscal year 2023 titled, "Establishment of an Information Platform to Support the Liberal Democratic Order,” to examine disruptions to liberal democracies.

Working groups

"Disruption and Reformation of Liberal Democracy" Working Group

In recent years, the internal dynamics of liberal democratic states have been in turmoil. This working group will delve into the political and social disruptions of liberal democracies who support the so-called "liberal international order" with particular attention to U.S. politics and the American presidential election given its  significant implications for global politics. Analysis will extend to how the disruptions within liberal democracies affect alliance relations.

"Interdisciplinary Methods to Analyze Discourse Spaces" Task Force

Advancements in information and communication technology (ICT), and the influence of the Internet, especially Social Network Services and video sites, are ever increasing. This task force will closely examine the “cognitive domain” with particular focus on  both ICT and artificial intelligence.

"Historical Study of Japan’s Post-WWII Diplomacy" Working Group

This working group will collect, compile, and publish historical materials while examining the state of postwar Japanese politics and diplomacy as a free and democratic nation. In particular, the group will focus on Japan's return to the international community in the 1950s, and analyze how Japan developed its political, diplomatic, and security policies.

"Empirical Methods of Analyzing Liberal Democracy" Task Force

To understand and think about the current state and future of liberal democracies, it is essential to analyze the circumstances in each country, as well as  its institutions and principles. The purpose of this working group is to empirically analyze democratic institutions from various perspectives. Through quantitative and comparative political analysis, this task force seeks to understand these states’ by examining the condition of their democratic systems.

"Regimes and International Relations of Illiberal Democracies" Working Group

As the competition and conflicts between liberal democracies and authoritarian states deepen, one of the key issues are democratic states that have illiberal elements. This working group will analyze the trends of these non-liberal democracies in the African, Middle Eastern, and Southeast Asian regions.

"Liberal Democracies in Eastern and Central Europe and the Balkans" Task Force

Currently, Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans are undergoing a major turning point due to external factors such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and internal developments such as transformations in their democratic regimes. This task force will closely monitor and study trends in the foreign policies and domestic regimes of the Central and Eastern European and Balkan countries.



Professor, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences
Specialised in international relations theory, European international politics, EU Eastern enlargement and external relations.

Ichiro KAJI, Ph.D.

Project Researcher

Ichiro Kaji is a Project Researcher of Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), the University of Tokyo.
His research focuses on the provisions of the Japan-US Security Treaty, especially Article X which defines the duration of the treaty. He is currently building an online database of historical records of Japan-US relations on ROLES website.
He obtained his Ph.D. in Law and Politics from Osaka University in 2021. He was a Specially Appointed Fellow at Center for the Study of Co*Design, Osaka University(2018-2021).


Part-time Lecturer, Ryukoku University
After working as a part-time lecturer at Ryukoku University, he has been a full-time lecturer at the Department of International Tourism, Faculty of International Studies, Bunkyo University since April 2023.

His speciality is sociology of tourism. Based on research on religion and tourism, creation of traditions and nationalism/globalisation, etc., he studies the symbiosis between tourism and local communities and the conversion of local culture and cultural heritage into tourism resources through tourism pollution and over tourism issues, mainly in Kyoto.


Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo
From 2000 to 2008, he worked as an associate professor at the School of International and Comprehensive Studies, University of Tsukuba. From 2008, he was an associate professor at Hokkaido University's School of Public Policy before being appointed professor in 2011. 2012-2013: visiting fellow at Princeton University's Institute of International and Area Studies; from 2013-2015: member of the UN Security Council Panel of Experts on Iran Sanctions; from 2020: current position. Participated in the Panel of Experts; in his current position since 2020.


Editorial Writer, The Yomiuri Shimbun
As a Yomiuri Shimbun reporter, she served as a cap at the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Club, stationed in Naha, international director, US general bureau chief, London correspondent and visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in the US.


Visiting Scholar, Keio University Global Research Institute
He specialises in cybersecurity and global governance, and has worked for the JPCERT Coordination Centre since 2006 in international incident response and coordination. PhD (Policy and Media) 


Research Fellow, The Japan Institute of International Affairs
Formerly a researcher at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation's Security Projects Group, Foreign Affairs Officer at the Office of the Strategic External Dissemination Centre, Minister's Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a researcher at the Future Engineering Research Institute. He specialises in international public policy, public diplomacy, strategic communications, disinformation campaigns, media studies and soft power.


The President and CEO, Dafna Co. Ltd.
After finishing his career as a professional rugby player, he joined Dentsu Inc. For more than 10 years, he was in charge of all aspects of communications in the information and communications and retail industries. From 2011 to 2014, he also participated in the launch of a public interest foundation established to support reconstruction following the Great East Japan Earthquake, planning and promoting reconstruction assistance projects in Fukushima From 2017, he was appointed project manager responsible for developing services utilising cutting-edge technology. In 2021, he was appointed to his current position.

Masashi MURANO

Masashi Murano is a Japan Chair fellow at Hudson Institute. He leads policy work on US-Japan defense cooperation, building out the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy, and nuclear and conventional deterrence analysis. As part of that work, he frequently briefs official delegations, news media, public intellectuals, academics, and business leaders from around the world. 
Mr. Murano has more than ten years of experience in research, analysis, tabletop exercises, and facilitation of numerous classified products related to strategic intelligence assessment and policy planning for the Japanese government. 

Prior to joining Hudson Institute, Mr. Murano was a fellow at the Okazaki Institute, a Tokyo-based think tank. He is a member of several government grant research programs, including the subcommittee on Security Issues in New Domains and the Government Grant Research Program for Foreign Affairs and Security Studies hosted by the University of Tokyo Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology. Mr. Murano’s writings and analyses have been published in leading news media and academic journals, including the Washington Post, Japan Times, Nikkei, Diplomat, Real Clear Defense,, the Japan Review, and the Texas National Security Review

Mr. Murano received both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Takushoku University in Tokyo, pursuing graduate work in security studies and undergraduate work in Asia-Pacific studies.

Michitaka HATTORI

Professor of Laboratory of Slavic-Eurasian Studies, Hokkaido University
Specialises in the economic and political situation in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries of the former Soviet Union.
After working as an expert researcher at the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Belarus and as the director of the Russian NIS Trade Association and the Russian NIS Institute, he has been in his current position since October 2022.


Professor, Faculty for the Study of Contemporary Society Department for the Study of Contemporary Society, Kyoto Women's University
In 2001, she was appointed assistant professor at the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University; in 2002, she was also a visiting researcher at the National Development Research Institute, National Taiwan University; in 2003, she was appointed assistant professor at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies; in addition, she was a visiting researcher at the Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan; in 2007, she became associate professor at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies. In 2010, she was appointed Associate Professor at the Faculty of International Studies, Tenri University, and in 2014, Professor at the same Faculty. She specialises in comparative politics, contemporary Taiwanese politics, Sino-Taiwanese relations and East Asian political economy.


Project Professor


Project Assistant Professor/Project Research Associate

His areas of specializations are Asian Politics and International Relations, Strategy and Defense, Transport Security

Working Group 4 on the Emerging Issues in Security Studies
Working Group 5 on Indo-Pacific Transport Security (Chair)
Sub-Working Group 1 on Satellite Imagery Analysis Project
Sub-Working Group 2 on Tabletop Exercises (Chair)

Ryo HINATA-YAMAGUCHI is a Project Assistant Professor at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo; Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security Indo-Pacific Security Initiative; and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Pacific Forum. Ryo has presented, published, and consulted on a variety of topics relating to defense and security, and transport governance in the Indo-Pacific. Ryo previously served as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (reserve) and also held positions at the Pusan National University, Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, FM Bird Entertainment Agency, International Crisis Group Seoul Office, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Embassy of Japan in Australia, and the Japan Foundation Sydney Language Centre. Ryo received his PhD from the University of New South Wales, MA in Strategic and Defense Studies and BA in Security Analysis from the Australian National University and was also a Korea Foundation Language Training Fellow.

Twitter: @tigerrhy
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Specialised in comparative politics (party politics and elections, nationalism and ethnic issues).
Obtained PhD in 2012. He worked as an assistant at Waseda University, a JSPS Research Fellow, an assistant professor at Rikkyo University and associate professor at the Department of Policy Studies, The University of Kitakyushu before assuming his current position on April 1, 2024.


Associate Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
After working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University and as a specially-appointed assistant professor at the University of Tokyo, he was appointed associate professor (later professor) at the Faculty of Law, Kanagawa University in 2010; in 2014 he was appointed visiting associate professor at the Asia-Pacific Research Centre, Stanford University; from 2019 he is in his current position. Member of the Council for the Promotion of Science and Technology Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Specialises in international politics, particularly US-Japan-China relations and international order.


Project Researcher
Ryoya ISHIMOTO is a Project Researcher at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo.
His research interests are International Relations, especially American diplomatic history, international security, and the history of U.S.-Japan security relations. 
He holds a Ph.D. from Doshisha University, Japan.

Tsuyoshi GOROKU

Associate Professor, Faculty of International Politics and Economics, Department of International Politics and Economics, Nishogakusha University
Specialised in the history of US-European relations and European security.

Assistant Professor at Keio University Graduate School of Law (research fellowship), researcher at EU Studies Institute in Tokyo (EUSI) (stay in Ukraine), part-time lecturer at the Maritime Self-Defence Force Staff College, before becoming a full-time lecturer at the Faculty of International Politics and Economics, Nishimatsu Gakusha University (2017-2022), current position from April 2022. . He is also a visiting researcher at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) (2017-) and a research member of the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) (2017-). 

Yoshihisa NISHIYAMA, Ph.D.

Project Assistant Professor of RCAST, the University of Tokyo
Russian politics, historical awareness, nationalism
After working as a part-time lecturer at Chikushi Jogakuen University, Kitakyushu City University and Nagasaki Prefectural University, he became a specially-appointed assistant professor at Hokkaido University's Organisation for International Cooperation before assuming his current position.


Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise:
Russian Military Thought
Russian National Security Policy
Politics and International Relations of the Former Soviet Republics
Defence Tecunologies

Previously, Yu has held various positions, including Assistant Analyst at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Research Fellow at Institute for Future Engineering (IFENG), Research Fellow at the National Diet Library, and also a visiting researcher at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO RAN).

His publication in Japanese includes (in English translation titles): Whither Russian Military?, 2011; Putin's National Strategy: "Major Power" Russia at a Crossroads, 2016; Russia as a Military Power: New Global Strategy and Principles of Behavior, 2016. 

His book "Teikoku" Roshia no Chiseigaku (Geopolitics of Russian "Empire") published in 2019 was awarded Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities in that year.

His latest book is Gendai Russia no Gunji Shiso (Military Thought in Contemporary Russia) published in 2021.

Yu has presented and published extensively on national security policies and strategies of Russia and the former Soviet republics, as well as defense technologies.

Yu holds a BA in Social Sciences and a MA in Political Science from Waseda University.


Yukimi IKEDA

Associate Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs
After working in the Defence Policy Bureau, Defence Policy Division, International Policy Division and Japan-US Defence Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Defence (2010-2015) and a secondment to the Non-Proliferation, Science and Nuclear Energy Division, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department, General Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2013-2015), she worked at the independent think tank Asia Pacific Initiative in the security field as as a research fellow in the field of security at the Asia-Pacific Initiative, an independent think tank. She then received a Fulbright scholarship to study at the Georgetown University School of Diplomacy in the USA (2017-2019), during which time she worked at the UN Department for Disarmament Affairs (2018) In April 2020, she became a researcher at the Future Engineering Institute; from April 2021, she holds her current position. She specialises in security theory, international relations, science, technology and security, disarmament and non-proliferation.


Project Researcher

Yuma Tanaka is a Project Researcher at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology’s Open Laboratory for Emergence Strategies (ROLES), the University of Tokyo. Before joining ROLES, Yuma was an Attaché for the Political Section at the Embassy of Japan in Ukraine. He was also previously a Project Officer for the East/Central Asia and Caucasus Department at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He also worked as an Attaché for the Economy and Economic Cooperation Section at the Embassy of Japan in Kazakhstan through 2017 to 2020. Yuma holds a M.A. from the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Humanity and Sociology, and a B.A. from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.