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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.)



External Activities

Media engagement via interviews with multiple television, radio and print media (BBC, CNN, France24, LA Times, DW TV, TRT, Asahi Shimbun, The Conversation UK etc.).

Regular external international conference presentation and participation, and think tank/forum participation, outreach and engagement visits to schools.

External examining (PhD), peer-reviewing.

External Activities

In charge of developing institutional relations within Japan, including research and exchange programmes with Tohoku University and Ritsumeikan University.

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, Ritsumeikan University

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