RUSI Japan was launched in October 2012 to act as an independent research hub for Asia-Pacific defence and security. RUSI Japan underscores the deep and established relationship between RUSI and Japan's research and policy community.
In the spirit of the Japan-UK defence co-operation memorandum and in the light of the growing strategic importance of the Asia-Pacific region to the UK's national security, RUSI is delighted to open a representative office in Tokyo: RUSI Japan.
Headed by its director, Dr Chiaki Akimoto, a longstanding friend and Associate Fellow of the Institute, the office will serve as an independent research hub for all matters pertaining to Asia-Pacific defence and security.
Governed by an advisory board of senior British and Japanese experts in defence, security and foreign affairs, the office will aim to foster discussion and debate about current and future threats to the region and to provide assessments that will inform the policy arena in Tokyo, London and beyond.
Building on the existing strong relationship with the Japanese government and in particular with the Japanese Ministry of Defence's National Institute of Defence Studies (NIDS), RUSI Japan will act as a conduit for intellectual exchange and joint research projects between the defence research communities of both countries.