Ra Mason
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After completing his double-degree PhD (University of Sheffield/Tohoku University), and a teaching fellowship in Japanese Studies at the University of Leeds, Ra secured a full-time post as Lecturer and Course Leader of Asia Pacific Studies at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Whilst at UCLan, he was then awarded a JSPS Fellowship to research nationalism in Okinawa at the University of the Ryukyus, before being appointed as Associate Professor of Public Policy at Tohoku University. Ra has authored or co-authored a number of books and articles on Japan’s foreign policy and regional security, with a specific disciplinary focus on the role of risk in international relations, as well as having written regularly for the ASAN Forum, Asahi Shimbun’s Asia Japan Watch (AJW) and The Conversation.

Key Responsibilities

Teaching (International Relations Theory, China and Japan's Foreign Relations, International Security, Global Politics, Contemporary Politics)

Research and publishing (Japan's Int. Relations, Okinawa, North Korea)

Supervision (Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations etc.)



Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Tohoku University

Award Date: 21 Apr 2012

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield

Award Date: 14 Mar 2012

External positions

Associate Professor, Ritsumei-kan Asia Pacific University

11 Sep 201819 Jan 2019


  • International relations
  • Japan
  • Risk
  • Security
  • Okinawa
  • Political institutions