Hosoya Yuichi
  • Hosoya Yuichi 
  • By this author: 10 Latest posted: 2017.01.20
Professor at Keiō University. Born in Chiba Prefecture in 1971. Graduated from Rikkyō University in 1994, where he majored in law. Completed his doctoral studies in politics in 2000, and received a PhD from Keiō University. Has also taught at Hokkaidō University and Sciences Po, Paris. Author of Sengo kokusai chitsujo to Igirisu gaikō (The Postwar International Order and British Diplomacy; winner of the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities), Gaikō: Tabunmei jidai no taiwa to kōshō (Diplomacy: Dialogue and Negotiations Across Civilizations), Rinriteki na sensō: Tonī Burea no eikō to zasetsu (Ethical Wars: The Glory and Failure of Tony Blair; winner of the Yomiuri Yoshino Sakuzō Prize), and other works. Member of the Nippon.com editorial committee.
1917 Revisited? The International Order in the Trump Era2017.01.20

How will the stunning political events of last year affect the international order in 2017? Splits in the Republican Party may make it difficult for Donald Trump’s new government to develop a coherent foreign policy. Japan must be patient and flexible in dealing with the incoming US administration.

The G7 Summit: Japan’s Opportunity for Global Leadership2016.05.11

The Group of Seven foreign ministers’ meeting in Hiroshima this past April was a symbolic step toward nuclear disarmament and a milestone in Japanese diplomacy. But can the G7 leaders follow up on that performance with substantive agreements to shore up the global economy and protect the international order? Much will depend on Japan’s leadership, writes Hosoya Yuichi.

Bringing “Internationalism” Back2014.06.23

In May 2014 the Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security presented its final report to the prime minister. Panel member Hosoya discusses the issues this panel addressed, including the constitutionality of collective self-defense.

Japan and South Korea: Time for a Reboot2013.10.08

On the night of September 5, 2013, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and President Park Geun-hye of South Korea chatted briefly just before an official dinner held to welcome delegates to the Group of Twenty summit in St. Petersburg. Since taking office in February, President Park had previously avoided holding formal talks with Abe, who has been back in office since December 2012. The Korean position is …

Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady and Japan2013.04.17

Although Margaret Thatcher kept a low profile during her final years, as she struggled with Alzheimer’s, media fascination with her life continued to keep her name in the public eye—not least in Japan, where the Iron Lady biopic was a big hit after its release in March 2012. Her death on April 8, 2013, at the age of 87, was a major news story in the Japanese media, more than 20 years after her tim…

What Really Comes First for Ozawa Ichirō?2012.07.18

At 12:30 p.m. on July 2, House of Representatives member Yamaoka Kenji walked into the offices of the Democratic Party of Japan with a packet of letters from 50 politicians announcing their resignation from the ruling party over the government's decision to raise the consumption tax. That evening, the leader of the mutiny, former party president Ozawa Ichirō, held a press conference to confirm hi…

Inertia and Drive in the DPJ’s Security Policy2012.07.05

Beginning with its bungled handling of the relocation of Futenma air base, the DPJ administration installed in 2009 has shown confusion about how to handle foreign affairs and national security policy. But it has also made some progress. Keiō University Professor Hosoya Yuichi reviews the problems and the signs of change.

Breaking Away from Indecisive Politics2012.02.29

In his policy speech given to launch the plenary session of the House of Representatives on January 24, Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko stated: “As this year should be ‘the First Year for the Rebirth of Japan,’ I will aim, above everything else, to break away from ‘the politics that can’t decide.’” This was a significant pronouncement. Traditionally Japan’s prime ministers have used their policy spe…

Does Prime Minister Noda Have a British Sense of Humor?2011.10.07

On September 2, 2011 Noda Yoshihiko replaced Kan Naoto as prime minister of Japan, having been elected to succeed Kan on his resignation as president of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan. The overseas media, in reporting on the story, made some disparaging remarks about how Japan has had six prime ministers in five years; they also took note of Noda’s comparison of himself to the eel-like dojō,…

Japan in Search of a New International Identity2011.10.03

Two decades have passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Amid the enormous changes that have occurred since then, Japan has been seeking to forge a new identity for its foreign policy. This article is the first in a series that will examine the course of Japanese diplomacy during the post–Cold War era.

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