Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is pleased to announce that Yuka Koshino has been selected as API’s Matsumoto-Samata Fellow1/, and has been sent to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in the UK as a Research Fellow2/.
1/ The Matsumoto-Samata Fellowship is an API program aiming to send young researchers to foreign think tanks to foster next-generation leaders. The program has benefitted from the generous support of Mr Yasukane Matsumoto, CEO and Representative Director of RakSul Inc., and Mr Anri Samata, General Partner at ANRI.
2/ The IISS is an independent think tank in London and organizer of the world-renowned IISS Shangri-La Dialogue. Ms Koshino will conduct independent research on Japanese security and defence policy and economic statecraft as part of the newly established IISS Japan Chair Programme.
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Yuka Koshino is the inaugural Matsumoto-Samata Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Initiative (API). Through this fellowship, Ms Koshino works full-time as Research Fellow for Japanese Security Policy and Defence Industry at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. In her capacity, she conducts independent research on Japanese security and defence policy and economic statecraft as part of the newly established IISS Japan Chair Programme. She also contributes to The Military Balance and provides analysis for research projects carried out by the Defence and Military Analysis Programme team.
Prior to joining the IISS, she served as a research associate with the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she managed projects and provided independent analysis on US–Japan relations and US strategy in the Indo-Pacific region. She also has experience providing policy and business analysis on Asia’s high-tech and defence industries at the Avascent Group and the Asia Group in Washington, DC. She previously reported and published news stories on Japanese political, economic and business affairs at the Tokyo bureaus of the Wall Street Journal, the Economist and the Japan Times.
She holds an MA in Asian Studies from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a BA in law from Keio University. While a student at Keio, she completed an academic year at the University of California, Berkeley.
Established in July 2017, Asia Pacific Initiative (API) is a think tank and forum which aims to uphold and strengthen the liberal international order in the Asia-Pacific so as to maintain peace and prosperity in the region. API’s objectives are to promote joint research and networks, to create platforms for proposals, to bolster cross-border dialogue, to form a robust intellectual community among the nations of the region, and to discover, educate and collaborate with next-generation leaders.
Planning & External Relations, API