Akira Igata is currently the Executive Director and Visiting Professor at the Center for Rule-making Strategies, Tama University. He is also a Economic Security Advisor to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) and a Senior Adjunct Fellow at Pacific Forum, a US-based thinktank. He advises the Japanese government, bureaucracy, and the private sector in various capacities.

He also runs the Japan Association for Cellular Agriculture, which was established in 2019 as a forum for industry-academia-government cooperation on rule-making in the area of cellular agriculture and cell-cultured food.

He received his undergraduate training at Georgetown University (one-year exchange program, Heiwa Nakajima Foundation scholar) and International Christian University (Chris-Wada scholar). He subsequently received his MA in political science from Columbia University (Japanese government fellowship scholar). He was awarded the Aoi Global Research Award to study at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge University in 2016. He was a recipient of the security studies fellowship from the Research Institute for Peace and Security (2010-2012)。

His research expertise includes: Economic statecraft; Human rights diplomacy; International Politics in the Indo-Pacific; and Japanese security and foreign policies.


Economic security
・Akira Igata and Brad Glosserman. “Japan’s New Economic Statecraft.” The Washington Quarterly. Vol. 44, Issue 3, 2021: 25-42.
・井形彬「『先進民主主義国』の言論空間が見落としている『発展途上国』の対中認識-中国のエコノミック・ステイトクラフトを含む高圧的外交政策はどう受け止められているのか」『笹川平和財団 コロナ対応から考えるアジアと世界』2021年9月17日
・Akira Igata and Brad Glosserman. “Japan Is Indispensable Again: The Need for Economic Security Is Reviving Washington’s Alliance With Tokyo.” Foreign Affairs. July 15, 2021.
・Akira Igata. “Economic Security and Japan’s Economic Statecraft.” Issues & Insights. Vol.21, SR1. April 2021: p.1-12.
・Brad Glosserman、井形彬「『日本の安全保障政策』にかけている視点:『Economic statecraft』とは何か」『東洋経済Online』、2018年2月26日。

Intelligence analysis
・井形彬「ハッキングされた上海公安部データ 垣間見えるデジタル・パノプティコン化する中国」『論座』2021年6月10日

Japan’s foreign and security policies
・Michael Green and Akira Igata. “The Gulf War and Japan’s National Security Identity.” In Yoichi Funabashi and Barak Kushner Eds. Examining Japan’s Lost Decades. New York: Routledge, 2015.
・Brad Glosserman and Akira Igata. “A pragmatic public: Observations of Japan’s 2016 Public Opinion Survey on Diplomacy.” PacNet #30, March 22, 2016.
・Akira Igata. “Japan’s submarine bid is a first date, not a marriage proposal.” The Interpreter. April 13, 2016.
・Brad Glosserman and Akira Igata. “Japan’s Search for Plan C.” PacNet #70, October 22, 2018.
・Akira Igata. “Post-International Space Station project: Japan-US cooperation in outer space.” A New Era for Cooperation: Next Generation Views of the US-Japan Alliance. Issues & Insights, Vol.16, No.18. November 2016.


「(経済安保 米中のはざまで)ウイグル問題で対立、日本の対応は」『朝日新聞』2021年5月23日

・ Ju-min Park and John Geddie. “Japan state-funded hotel deal pays rent to Myanmar defence ministry.” Reuters. March 24, 2021.
「香港・ウイグルで弾圧 人権問題 日本外交の焦点 制裁法検討」『毎日新聞』2021年2月23日
「立法めざす議連、発足へ 外国の人権侵害に制裁」『朝日新聞』2021年2月7日
・「脱『中国依存』4割超 部品調達・供給網 周辺国へ分散-抜本的再編、選択肢に」『共同通信』2020年12月30日
“Chinese Communist Party present at many global companies, group says.” Nikkei Asia. December 30, 2020.
“Japan eyes US-style law to sanction Uighur human rights abuses.” Nikkei Asia. November 12, 2020.
「中国ウイグル弾圧に制裁圧力 人権目配り、企業に迫る」『日本経済新聞』2020年11月6日
「<経済安保政策を追う>先端情報共有に『資格』-研究者らの秘密保持保証 政府・自民、中国警戒し制度議論」『日本経済新聞』2020年8月28日
“Japan’s deeper ties with Five Eyes hinge on how it keeps secrets.” Nikkei Asia. August 13, 2020.
「機密情報共有、英が秋波  『ファイブ・アイズ』協力探る-中国警戒 日本、保秘強化が不可欠」『日本経済新聞』2020年8月13日

【TV appearances】
“Companies criticize China’s alleged treatment of Uighur Muslims.” CBS News. April 16, 2021.
・ミャンマーにおける人権侵害問題に対する国際社会の反応と日本の対応について。TOKYO MX「モーニングクロス」2021年3月17日

Economic Statecraft I, Economic Statecraft II