Chiaki Akimoto

Distinguished Ambassador to Japan, RUSI

Dr Chiaki Akimoto was a senior defence analyst and news commentator at the NHK-Japan Broadcasting Corporation, specialising in military, security and intelligence affairs.

He has been a defence correspondent for thirty years, covering US-Soviet Arms Control issues during the Cold War era, nuclear proliferation, Chinese military development, the Iraq war and other recent regional conflicts. He frequently appears in the media as a commentator on international security issues. 

Dr Akimoto was previously a visiting fellow to RUSI in the year 1992-93.

He is the author of several books, including Asian Nightmare (NTT Publishing). He has lectured at Osaka, Waseda, Keio and many other universities in Japan, as well as broadcasting on radio and television at the NHK.