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Building an intellectual foundation for broader thinking

  • Yohei Matsuda
  • Yohei Matsuda
  • 2012 (1st cohort)

Profile

Affiliation
Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Academic background
BA in Economics, Kyoto University
Dispatched to:
First year: International Politics and East Asia Program (post-graduate), Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick
Second year: Diplomacy and International Strategy program, London School of Economics and Political Science
Duration
July 2012-July 2014
Final case study camp at a manor house near London
Final case study camp at a manor house near London
With Prof. Cox of LSE and classmates with diverse backgrounds including diplomacy and finance
With Prof. Cox of LSE and classmates with diverse backgrounds including diplomacy and finance
Q1
What are you focusing on during your fellowship period?

As Japan’s external relations are becoming increasingly difficult, it is becoming more important than ever to ensure that the country’s industry, trade and energy policies are developed in coordination with its security policies. With this in mind, I have conducted a systematic analysis of security and economic development frameworks of the Asia-Pacific region surrounding Japan, a survey on interactive relations among external relations of the US, China and Japan, and research on the economic process that supports China’s economic emergence. By continuously pursuing these topics for two years, I was able to build the intellectual foundation necessary to develop policies for achieving comprehensive national interests.

Q2
Could you explain briefly what exactly you have been doing during the International Fellowship period?

In my first year, I conducted a systematic analysis of security and economic development frameworks of the Asia-Pacific region surrounding Japan in the International Politics and East Asia Program (post-graduate), Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick. In my second year, I did research on interactions among US-China-Japan external policies and the political process that supports China’s economic emergence as visiting fellow of CIDEG, Tsinghua University (China) and an LSE research fellow in the diplomacy and international strategy program. Basically, my research activities consisted of reading a massive volume of documents, discussions at seminars and roundtables, and exchanges with other researchers, all of which helped me write my own research paper.

Q3
Please give your feedback on the International Fellowship.

I think this is a wonderfully unique fellowship for being one of the few programs available to mid-level management in companies and other organizations, the level of freedom allowed in research activities, as well as for the all-out support provided by Nippon Foundation, including networks and information that are made available. I was provided with the best environment imaginable by Nippon Foundation, which supported my desire to be someone capable of developing and implementing policies that lead to more robust and comprehensive national interests. After I return to Japan, I would like to work to contribute to the betterment of society using the results of my research. I also want to have more exchanges with other fellows and extend our network on an ongoing basis.

Q4
How do you want to build on your studies in the US after returning to Japan?

I was able to build an intellectual foundation that allows me to think from a broader perspective to achieve comprehensive national interests with security frameworks surrounding Japan in mind instead of working on policy development with a focus on economic and industrial aspects. I would like to utilize this knowledge on a personal level and also in ways that will lead to a reexamination of Japanese policy and organizational frameworks that are often focused on the optimization of individual areas.