Akira Igata is a visiting Aoi Global Researcher (2015-2016) at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge University. He is also currently a resident SPF fellow at Pacific Forum, CSIS and a doctoral student at the Department of Law, Keio University. He received his undergraduate training at Georgetown University as a Heiwa Nakajima Foundation scholar and International Christian University as a Chris-Wada scholar.
As a Japanese government fellowship scholar, Mr. Igata earned his MA in International Relations from Columbia University. He was a recipient of the security studies fellowship from the Research Institute for Peace and Security, a research assistant at Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation at Japan Institute of International Affairs, and a researcher for several projects by the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation.
He notably contributed, as a researcher, to “The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Disaster: Investigating the Myth and Reality”(Routledge, 2014) and wrote the chapter entitled, “The Gulf War and Japan’s National Security Identity” (Routledge, 2015, co-authored with Michael J. Green), for a book examining Japan’s “lost decades.” Mr. Igata’s research focus is on Japan’s foreign and security policies after the end of the Cold War, Japan-US relationship, and East Asian politics.