Experts | ISHIKAWA Yusuke


Research Associate & Digital Communications Officer
External Contributor, Transparency International (Germany)


ISHIKAWA Yusuke is a Digital Communication Officer and Research Associate at Asia Pacific Initiative (API), Institute of Geoeconomics (IOG), and Global Council in International House of Japan. Since 2024, he also works remotely as an external contributor for the Anti-Corruption Helpdesk at Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) in Berlin.

His research focuses on (anti-)corruption and democratic backsliding in Europe and beyond.

He also coordinates the program for the translation of the book “Critical Review of the Abe Administration: Politics of Conservatism and Realism” (Bungei Shunju, 2022) into English. At API, he previously assisted the Abe administration program and CPTPP program as intern (Oct 2020 – Jan 2021) and research assistant (Jan 2021 – Jun 2022).

As a Digital Communications Officer, he facilitates and coordinates the production of API/IHJ website, YouTube videos, and newsletters, while supporting the technical aspects of online symposiums and webinars.

Prior to joining API, he worked as a full-time research intern at Transparency International Hungary on a project to measure and interview concerned parties on the transparency of major banks in Hungary. This research was funded by Central European University (ISP Remote Internship Fund). He has also worked as a part-time consultant at Transparency International Defense & Security in the UK for Defense Companies Anti-Corruption Index.

He received his BA in Political Science from Meiji University, MA in Corruption and Governance (with Distinction) from the University of Sussex, and another MA in Political Science from Central European University. During his BA and MAs, he also acquired teacher’s licenses in social studies in secondary education and a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language) certificate.


European comparative politics / Contemporary Japanese politics / Policy-making process / Governance / Politics of education / Anti-corruption

Associated Projects

Critical Review of the Abe Administration
CPTPP Project


Book chapter
“NGOs, Advocacy, and Anti-Corruption”. In R. Bratu and J. Pozsgai-Alvarez. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Anti-Corruption Research and Practice. London: Routledge, forthcoming.

Anti-Corruption Awareness Raising: Effective Messages and Best Practices“. U4 Helpdesk Answer 2024:21, p.1-24.
Research Internship Report: Bank Transparency in Hungary,” Transparency International Hungary, 2020, p.1-89.

Peer reviewed journal articles
Anti-Corruption NGOs as Think Tanks: The Effect of Transparency International UK on the UK Bribery Act 2010“. Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science 51, 2021, p.4–16.
“G-PACS”: Process of Development and Effects of Political Simulation Games”. PanSIG Journal, 2018, p.75-80.

Book reviews
Book Review: Oyamada, E., ‘Corruption and Development – New Challenges in Anti-Corruption in Developing Countries’, Akashi Shoten, 2019, 344p”. Asian and African Area Studies 19 (2), 2020, p. 207-209 [in Japanese].


Geoeconomic Briefing

2024.05.03 / Transparency International

Anti-corruption awareness raising: Effective messaging and best practices

Geoeconomic Briefing

2023.04.24 / Japan Times

Challenges await EU over continued assistance to Ukraine

Geoeconomic Briefing

2022.12.13 / Japan Times

As war in Ukraine continues, Poland and Hungary threaten EU stability