He received an LL.B. from Keio University and a M.Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge.
Planning & External Relations, API
Senior Research Fellow
Adjunct Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Special Fellow, Waseda Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (WIAPS)
KATO Yoichi joined Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation (RJIF) in January 2016, where he directs projects on diplomacy, security and strategy. Prior to joining RJIF, he was national security correspondent of the Asahi Shimbun and covered foreign policy and national security issues of Japan, Japan-U.S. alliance and the overall strategic issues in the Asia-Pacific region. He was bureau chief of Asahi’s American General Bureau in Washington, DC.
He was visiting scholar at the School of International Studies of Peking University, where he conducted a research on the strategic chemistry between the United States and China. He was also visiting fellow at both the Institute for National Strategic Studies of U.S. National Defense University (INSS/NDU) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. He taught national security strategy at Gakushuin University in Tokyo.
He earned his MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, U.S.A. and BA from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
Jonathan Soble joined AP Initiative in 2018 after a 15-year career in journalism, during which he served as Tokyo correspondent for the New York Times and Tokyo bureau chief for the Financial Times. Born in Canada, he attended the University of Toronto and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Jonathan cultivated an interest in Japan as a high school and university exchange student, and later as a participant on the Japanese government’s Japan Exchange and Teaching program, in Kochi Prefecture. After graduating from Columbia with a Masters degree in journalism, he joined the Tokyo bureau of Dow Jones Newswires in 2002, and later moved to Reuters, the FT and the Times.
Project: “Galapagos Cool” “the World Economic Forum Fourth Industrial Revolution Japan Center”
Senior Consulting Fellow
OYA Shin received his B.A. in Law from Tohoku University, L.L.M. from Law School at Boston University, and M.Sc. in Finance from Business School at George Washington University. He joined Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) in 1991 and experienced various positions including Director, Asian Operation; Director, Oil and Gas Operation; Chief Representative for New Delhi office. Now he serves as Chief Representative for Strategic Research of JBIC.
IISS Research Fellow (API Matsumoto-Samata Fellow)
KOSHINO Yuka 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.
MUKOYAMA Jun joined AP Initiative in September 2019. Prior to AP Initiative, she served over 10 years as a business development and investment professional in Mitsubishi Corporation, one of the largest trading houses in Japan. She worked on financing and M&A transactions in infrastructure sector and spent 2 years at OMERS, a Canadian pension fund based in Toronto.
She holds B.A in Law, Political Science from Keio University, M.P.A from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. Nitobe Leadership Program Fellow.
Project: “’Social Implementation’ of The Fourth Industrial Revolution” “Policy Entrepreneurs’ Platform”
SAGARA Yoshiyuki has 15 years of career experience working in the Japanese government and the United Nations system, as well as in the technology industry. Before joining API, he served as Assistant Director of the Second Northeast Asia Division (North Korea desk) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan from 2018 to 2020. From 2015 to 2018, he served in the Guidance and Learning Unit within the Policy and Mediation Division of the UN Department of Political Affairs in New York, where he analyzed and disseminated best practices and lessons learned from UN preventive diplomacy and political engagements, such as in Nigeria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. From 2013 to 2015, he served in the International Organization for Migration Sudan, based in Khartoum. As a project development and reporting officer in the Chief of Mission’s Office, he developed and implemented peacebuilding and social cohesion projects in conflict-affected areas of Sudan, especially Darfur. While serving in the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Headquarters from 2012 to 2013, he managed rural and fishery development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean region. From 2005 to 2011, he worked at DeNA Co., Ltd. in Tokyo and engaged in expanding tech businesses.
He holds a Master of Public Policy from the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, and a BA in law from Keio University.
Project: “API Institute of Geo-economics Studies” “Japan-U.S. Military Statesmen Forum”
Adam Barton is a visiting fellow at API. An educational researcher, Adam studies global education innovations. He is particularly interested in participatory design and the dynamics of social change.
Adam most recently designed and directed global citizenship programming for an educational nonprofit in Columbia, Maryland. Before this, he served as a junior researcher at the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution; there, he co-authored a book on the potential of education innovations, Leapfrogging Inequality. Adam has worked extensively in Brazil, Bolivia, and Washington, DC, as an English educator, ethnographic researcher, and language program director. He earned his bachelor’s from Georgetown University.
Adam joins API as a 2019-20 Luce Scholar.
Project: “’Social Implementation’ of The Fourth Industrial Revolution”
Patrick Madaj is Research Assistant to Yoichi Funabashi and Staff Director of the “Liberal International Order”.
He holds a Master of Arts (Asian Studies) from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. His internship experience includes work at the U.S. House of Representatives and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), among other institutions.
He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Japanese) and a Bachelor of Arts in International and Area Studies (International Security Studies) from the University of Oklahoma.
Project: “Liberal International Order (LIO)”