President of NDA

President Profile

President of NDA

Ryosei Kokubun
Date of Birth
  • November 1, 1953
Academic Background
  • Ph.D, Keio University, 1981
  • M.A in Laws, Keio University, March 1978
  • B.A. in Laws, Keio University, March 1976
Professional Career
Apr.2012-President, National Defense Academy
Apr.2007-Mar.2012Dean, Faculty of Law and Politics and Graduate School of Law and Politics, Keio University
Apr.1999-Mar.2007 Director, Institute of East Asian Studies (former Center for Area Studies), Keio University
Feb.1998Visiting Scholar, Taiwan University, Taiwan
Oct.1997-Dec.1997Visiting Scholar, Beijing University, China
Apr.1992-Professor, Keio University
Sep.1987-Aug.1988Visiting Scholar, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Apr.1985-Mar.1992Associate Professor, Keio University
Sep.1983-Aug.1984Visiting Scholar, Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan
Aug.1982-Aug.1983Visiting Scholar, Fairbank Center, Harvard University
Apr.1981-Mar.1985Assistant Professor, Keio University
Major Publications(Japanese)
  • China Problems: Party and State, Iwanami Shoten, 2009.
  • Politics and Bureaucracy in Contemporary China, Keio University Press, 2004(Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities, 2004).
  • The People’s Republic of China, Chikuma Shobo, 1999.
Major Publications(English)
  • Getting the Triangle Straight: Managing China-Japan-US Relations(co-edited with Gerald Curtis and Wang Jisi), Japan Center for International Exchange and Brookings Institution Press, 2010.
  • Sino-Japanese Relations: The Need for Conflict Prevention and Management(co-edited with Niklas Swanstrom), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.
  • The Rise of China and a Changing East Asian Order(co-edited with Wang Jisi), JCIE and Brookings Institution Press, 2004.
  • Challenges for China-Japan-US Cooperation(ed.), JCIE, 1998.

Past Presidents of NDA

NameYears in OfficePrevious Position
Tomoo MakiAugust 1952 - January 1965Professor, Keio University
Hiroshi OmoriJanuary 1965 - July 1970Chief of Staff, Ground Self-Defense Force
Masamichi InokiJuly 1970 - September 1978Professor, Kyoto University
Kuniyasu TsuchidaSeptember 1978 - March 1987Superintendent General, Metropolitan Police
Haruo NatsumeMarch 1987 - September 1993Administrative Vice-Minister, Japan Defense Agency
Saburo MatsumotoOctober 1993 - March 2000Professor, Keio University
Masashi NishiharaApril 2000 - March 2006Professor, National Defense Academy
Makoto IokibeAugust 2006 - March 2012Professor, Kobe University

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