Professor Yoichiro Sato currently teaches at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and is the dean of the Department and the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies. He is also Visiting Senior Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.

Prof Sato holds a BA (Law) from Keio University, MA (International Studies) from University of South Carolina, and Ph.D (Political Science) from University of Hawaii.

His major works include The Rise of China and International Security (co-edited with Kevin Cooney, Routledge, 2008), The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance (co-edited with Takashi Inoguchi and G. John Ikenberry, Palgrave, 2011), Regional Institutions, Geopolitics and Economics in the Asia Pacific (co-edited with Steve Rothman and Utpal Vyas, Routledge, 2017), Re-Rising Japan (co-edited with Hidekazu Sakai, Peter Lang, 2017), Identity, Culture and Memory in Japanese Foreign Policy (co-edited with Michal Kolmaš, Peter Lang, 2021), and Handbook of Indo-Pacific Studies (co-edited with Barbara Kratiuk, Jeroen Van den Bosch, and Aleksandra Jaskólska, Routledge, forthcoming in 2023).

Articles by Yoichiro Sato (3)

Japan’s Counter-Strike Capabilities: Southeast Asians Should be Circumspect

Yoichiro Sato

Japan is increasingly moving towards a more muscular defensive posture focused on ground attack capabilities. While these capabilities are aimed at deterring attacks on the Japanese home islands, they also have implications for Southeast Asia.

Japan’s Responses to Chinese Grey-Zone Tactics: Giving Southeast Asia A Leg-up

Yoichiro Sato

With some experience in managing Chinese assertiveness in the East China Sea, Japan is helping Southeast Asian countries manage Beijing’s actions in disputed maritime areas.

Japan’s Counter-strike Missiles and Southeast Asia’s “Nuclear” Question

Yoichiro Sato

Japan is considering the deployment of non-nuclear counter-strike capabilities in the face of growing threats from North Korea and China. This might have a bearing on Southeast Asia.