Professor Akira Igata participated in a virtual seminar titled “Rising to the challenge: Why we need supply chain resilience and economic security in the COVID era” hosted by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a Canadian policy think tank, on November 23-24, 2020 (Japan time).
You can see the entire video on YouTube below. Please check it out.

The crisis brought about by COVID-19 has been a moment for many countries, including Canada, to underscore the importance of strengthening cooperation among like-minded allies and enhancing secure supply chains. And the lockdowns around the world have revealed critical weaknesses in the systems that transport and manufacture critical goods. We have lost out because the world’s democracies have relied too heavily on authoritarian regimes.
In this virtual seminar, we examine how our democratic allies can work together to protect our economic security in the pandemic and after that.


  • Akira Igata, Executive Director, Centre for Rule Making Strategies, Tama University
  • Juita Mohamad, Fellow, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS)-Malaysia
  • Ainikki Riikonen, Research Assistant, Technology and National Security Program, Center for a New American Security


  • J. Berkshire Miller, Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute and Japan Institute of International Affairs