Akio Takahara

, JICA Ogata Research Institute
Profile / Bio: 

Educational Background:
1981 Bachelor of Laws, The University of Tokyo
1983 Master of Philosophy (Development Studies), University of Sussex
1988 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sussex

Fields of Research:
Contemporary Chinese Politics, International Relations in East Asia

Career Background:
1988-1989 Programme Officer, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
1989-1991 Visiting Researcher, Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong
1991-1993 Assistant Professor, School of International Studies, Obirin University
1993-1995 Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Obirin University
1995-2000 Associate Professor, Faculty of Law and Politics, Rikkyo University
2000-2005 Professor, Faculty of Law and Politics, Rikkyo University
2005-present Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo
2005-2015 Policy Advisor to the Japan Coast Guard
2009-2011 President, Japan Association of Asian Studies
2011-present Senior Researcher, Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research (previously Tokyo
2011-present Senior Adjunct Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs
2013-present Distinguished Research Fellow, The Japan Forum on International Relations
2016-2018 Vice-Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo
2018-2020 Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo

Major Publications
Publications in English


The Politics of Wage Policy in Post-Revolutionary China, The Macmillan Press, London and Basingstoke.

‘Enterprise Reform and Fiscal Reform in China: Overlapping Webs of Interests’, Asian Economic Journal, Vol.7, No.2, July 1993, pp.147-162.

‘Is There a “Chinese Threat”?’, Japan Views Special Issue Defense: Threats and Options, The Asian Foundation, Spring.

‘Hard and Soft Policies and the Future of Hong Kong’, The World Today,Vol. 52, No. 6,June,pp.152-154.

‘The Outlook for Political Reform in China’, Japan Review of International Affairs, Vol. 12, No.1, Spring, pp.3-18.

’Managing Central-Local Relations During Socialist Marketisation: A Changing Role for the Chinese Communist Party’, IDS Bulletin, Vol. 30, No. 4, pp.23-30.

‘The Present and Future of Japan-China Relations’, Gaiko Forum (English Edition), Summer, 2000, pp.40-49.

(with Robert Benewick) ‘Eight Grannies with Nine Teeth Between Them: Community Construction in China’, Journal of Chinese Political Science, Volume 7, Numbers 1&2, 2002, pp.1-18.
‘Research Note: The Shift in China’s Regional Policy in the Latter Half of the 1990s’, Rikkyo Hogaku, No.61, pp.30-37.

‘Japan and China: New Regionalism and the Emerging East Asian Order’, in Glenn Hook and Hugo Dobson (eds), Japan and Britain in the Contemporary World: Global, regional and local perspectives, RoutledgeCurzon, London and New York, pp.96-112. 
‘Managing Central-local Relations During Socialist Marketisation: A Changing Role for the Chinese Communist Party’, in Marc Blecher, Sarah Cook and Robert Benewick (eds), Asian Politics in Development, Frank Cass, pp.50-64.

‘Japan’s Policy Toward China in the 1990s’, in Ezra F. Vogel, Yuan Ming and Akihiko Tanaka (eds), Age of Uncertainty: The U.S.-China-Japan Triangle from Tiananmen (1989) to 9/11 (2001), Harvard East Asian Monographs Online, Harvard University Asia Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, pp.254-69.
‘Japan’s Political Response to the Rise of China’, in Kokubun Ryosei and Wang Jisi (eds), The Rise of China and a Changing East Asian Order, Japan Center for International Exchange, Tokyo and New York, pp.157-74.

‘Party Work in the Urban Communities’ (with Robert Benewick), Kjeld Erik Broedesgaard and Zheng Yongnian (eds), The Chinese Communist Party in Reform, Routledge, Abingdon and New York, pp.157-72.
‘Japanese NGOs in China’, in Peng Er Lam (ed.), Japan's Relations with China: Facing a Rising Power, Routledge, Abingdon and New York, pp.166-79.
‘The Chinese Communist Party and Ownership Reforms: The Redefinition of Socialism’, in Katsuji Nakagane and Tomoyuki Kojima (eds), Restructuring China: Party, State and Society after the Reform and Open Door, Toyo Bunko, Tokyo, pp.153-75.
‘The Rise of China and Security in East Asia: China's New Concept of Security and Multilateral Diplomacy’, in Glenn D. Hook and Harukiyo Hasegawa (eds), Japanese Responses to Globalization: Politics, Security, Economics and Business , Basingstoke, PalgraveMacmillan, pp. 69-87.

“Resilience and Fragility in Japan-China Relations”, in Niklas Swanström and Ryosei Kokubun (eds), Sino-Japanese Relations: The Need for Conflict Prevention and Management, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp.35-46.
“A Japanese Perspective on China’s Rise and the East Asian Order”, in Robert S. Ross and Zhu Feng (eds), China’s Ascent: Power, Security, and the Future of International Politics, Ithaca, New York, Cornell University Press, pp. 218-37.

“The Rise of China and Its Neighborhood Diplomacy: Implications for Japanese Foreign Policy”, The Journal of Contemporary China Studies, Vol.1, No.1, pp.47-71.

“Putting the Senkaku Dispute Into Pandora’s Box: Toward a ‘2013 Consensus’”, in Tatsushi Arai, Shihoko Goto, and Zheng Wang (eds), Clash of National Identities: China, Japan, and the East China Sea Territorial Dispute, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, pp.65-76.
“The Senkaku Trawler Collision Incident, September 2010”, collected in Akikazu Hashimoto, Mike Mochizuki and Kurayoshi Takara (eds), The Okinawa Question: Futenma, the US-Japan Alliance, and Regional Security (Sigur Center for Asian Studies and Nansei Shoto Industrial Advancement Center), pp. 91-102.

“The Development of Japan-China Relations in the Period of Stability in Cross-Strait Relations”, The Journal of Contemporary China Studies, Vol.4, No.2, pp.119-43.

Japan-China Relations in the Modern Era, co-authored, Routledge, (co-authors: Ryosei Kokubun, Yoshihide Soeya, Shin Kawashima).
“The CCP’s Meritocratic Cadre System”, in Lam, Willy Wo Lap (ed.), Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party, Routledge, 2017, pp.153-64.
“Forty-four Years of Sino-Japanese Diplomatic Relations Since Normalization”, collected in Lam, Peng Er (ed.), China-Japan Relations in the 21st Century: Antagonism Despite Interdependency, The Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, pp.25-65.

“China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy after the 19th Party Congress”, paper presented to Japanese Views on China and Taiwan: Implications for U.S.-Japan Alliance, Center for Strategic & International Studies, Washington, D.C., 1 March 2018.

University Dissertations


‘China’s Technology Acquisition Policies: Post-Mao’, M.Phil. thesis, Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

‘The Politics of Wage Reform in Post-Revolutionary China’, D.Phil. dissertation, Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

Publications in Japanese
There are five co-authored books, seven co-edited books, and 90 articles published in books and journals (of which 8 articles are in Chinese). 

Fields of Research:
Contemporary Chinese Politics, International Relations in East Asia

Related Research Projects:
Japan’s Development Cooperation: A Historical Perspective



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