Former Resident SPF Fellows

Former Resident SPF Fellows:


Crystal PRYOR (USA) is a Political Science Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Washington, where she focuses on International Relations and Security Studies. Her dissertation is on strategic trade controls, for which she has conducted fieldwork in Japan, the United States, and Europe. Her chapter, “From Global Straggler to Regional Exemplar: Japan’s Export Control System 1990–present,” was published in Modelling Dual-Use Trade Control Systems (2014). She has also published policy briefs with Asia House and the Asia Pacific Bulletin. In addition to a research grant from the University of Washington European Center of Excellence (2014), she has been a fellow with the East-West Center in Washington (2012), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2014), and the Japan Foundation (2015). Crystal holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University (2004), a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Tokyo (2009), and a Master’s Degree from the University of Washington (2012). Crystal has public sector experience working at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo (2008-2010).


Akira IGATA (JPN) is a doctoral student at the Department of Law, Keio University. He received his undergraduate training at Georgetown University and International Christian University as a Heiwa Nakajima Foundation and Chris-Wada scholar. As a Japanese government fellowship scholar, Akira earned his MA in International Relations from Columbia University. He was a recipient of the security studies fellowship from the Research Institute for Peace and Security and has been involved in several projects by the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation. He notably contributed, as a researcher, to “The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Disaster: Investigating the Myth and Reality”(Routledge, 2014) and wrote the chapter entitled, “The Gulf War and Japan’s National Security Identity” (Routledge, 2015, co-authored with Michael J. Green), for a book on Japan’s lost decades.


Dr. Tomoko KIYOTA (JPN) was recently awarded a PhD in security studies from Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Takushoku University, Tokyo. She taught post-graduate students on India and the Great Powers in the Asia-Pacific at the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal University, Karnataka (India). She has working experience at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan as a Political Analyst. Kiyota was also a Research Intern at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies in India and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies Analyses. Her dissertation explores India’s arms development. She also presented papers on Indo-Japanese relations and Japanese national security to several international workshops.


Dr. James E. PLATTE (USA) is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Merrimack College and was a 2014-15 resident Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellow at Pacific Forum. He specializes in energy security, nuclear proliferation, and East Asian politics. He recently completed a visiting fellowship at the East-West Center in Washington, DC, where his research focused on nuclear safety cooperation in Northeast Asia, and his SPF fellowship research analyzes US-Japan civil nuclear cooperation. He received his PhD in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His dissertation was a comparative study of nuclear fuel cycle decision making in India, Japan, and South Korea, for which he conducted research in all three countries. He also studied Japanese nuclear policy as a 2012-13 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Japan. Previously, he was a 2011-12 Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and worked as a counterproliferation analyst for the US Department of Defense from 2008 to 2010. He holds an MA in Science, Technology and Public Policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs and an MS and BS in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan.


Ms. Aiko SHIMIZU (JPN) was the 2013-2014 Japan resident SPF Fellow and a JD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Shimizu's professional experiences include working at the United Nations, Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Her works have been published in the Journal of International Affairs and She received her MA in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a BA in political science and international studies from the University of Chicago.


Dr. C. Sachi GERBIN (USA) was the 2013-2014 US resident Sasakawa Peace Foundation fellow at Pacific Forum Pacific Forum. She received a BS in biology from Harvey Mudd College, and a PhD in biological chemistry from UCLA, where she gained a background in cell and cancer biology. She has taught science to a broad audience, as a high school biology teacher in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, and as a writer for Nature Publishing Group's education website. Sachi was a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate fellow at the National Academies, where she helped promote engineering through various communication outlets, including a radio series on engineering innovations. Her current research focuses on ways for the US and Japan to cooperate on combating antimicrobial resistance, a global health security issue. Sachi's paper out of the SPF Fellowship: "Enhancing US-Japan Cooperation to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance." November/December 2014, 12(6): 337-345. doi:10.1089/bsp.2014.0034.


Mr. Hideshi FUTORI (JPN) was the SPF Resident Fellow at the Pacific Forum from July-October 2012. He is currently a Japan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington and has been a Research Associate for the Program on US-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 2011 to 2012. Previously he served as chairman of the Harvard Commemorative Cherry Tree Planting Initiative for the 100th anniversary of cherry trees given to the United States from Japan. During 2009-2011, he worked as a visiting fellow at the Center for US-Japan Studies and Cooperation at Vanderbilt University. He was also a Japan Studies fellow at the East-West Center in Washington in 2012. Prior to his fellowship in the United States, He served as Chief of Staff at the office of Akihisa Nagashima, a House of Representatives member and former Vice Minister of Defense. He earned his BA in law and MA in political science from Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan.


Ms. Jenny LIN (USA) was the 2012-2013 Resident Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellow. She was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the US when she was ten years old. She received her MA in public policy from American University and BA in government and Asian studies from the University of Texas in Austin. Her area of research includes: the US-Japan alliance; energy security; and developments of the Chinese military, space industry, and cyber security. Her publications include: The Chinese People's Liberation Army Signals Intelligence and Cyber Reconnaissance Infrastructure; Weather Satellite Surveillance; and China's Energy Security Dilemma. Publications she contributed to include: China's Evolving Space Capabilities: Implications for US Interests; Buy, Build, or Steal: China's Quest for Advanced Military Aviation Technologies. In Spring 2012, She was invited to present her publication at the School of International Service, American University. Jenny's paper out of the SPF Fellowship: "The US-Japan Alliance in Transformation: The Management of the US Marine Corps Futenma Airfield Relocation Facility (FRF)." Issues and Insights, Vol. 15 - No. 3, February 2015. She is currently building her own company Asia Taktik, a “startup risk management service consulting company”.


Mr. Justin GOLDMAN (USA) Justin Goldman is an Associate Research Fellow in Military Studies at the S. Rajartnam School of International Studies (RSIS) where he earned his MSc in Strategic Studies. In this billet he provides instruction for the Singapore Armed Forces up to the Command and Staff College level. Prior to his present stint at RSIS he was a Visiting Scholar in the International Studies Department at De La Salle University in Manila and a SPF Resident Fellow at Pacific Forum in Honolulu where he remains a Non-Resident Fellow. In the summer of 2013 he was as United States-Indonesia Society Summer Studies Fellow at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. He served in the US Marine Corps as a machine-gunner from 1998-2002 including operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan with Task Force 58 during 2001-2002. As an analyst for the Department of the Navy he worked on the US-Royal Australian Navy joint heavyweight torpedo program and deployed in 2008 onboard USS Fort McHenry for Africa Partnership Station. He has published articles for Banyan Analytics, Defense News, the Diplomat, the Diplomatic Courier, Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief, Pacific Forum PacNet series, Rappler, as RSIS Commentary, and with the US Naval War College Review. Justin's paper out of the SPF Fellowship: "An Amphibious Capability in Japan's Self-Defense Force." Naval War College Review, Autumn 2013, Vol. 66, No. 4.


Ms. Mihoko MATSUBARA (JPN) served for nine years as a foreign liaison officer at the Japanese Ministry of Defense, and worked in close contact with the US government and military. Her work has earned her three letters of appreciation and 11 commendation coins from the US Forces Japan and Washington, and one commendation from the Ministry.  She received her BA in literature from Waseda University, Tokyo, and MA in international relations and economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University as a Fulbright Scholar. Her written work on the alliance and Chinese cyberwarfare has appeared twice in journals. Papers out of the SPF fellowship include: Matsubara, Mihoko. “A Long and Winding Road for Cybersecurity Cooperation between Japan and the United States.” Harvard Asia Quarterly Vol. XIV, No. 1 & 2. Spring/Summer 2012.


Mr. Eric SAYERS (USA) is a Professional Staff Member at Senate Armed Service Committee in Washington, DC. Previously he served as the Military Legislative Assistant for Congressman J. Randy Forbes.  He holds an MSc in strategic studies from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He also holds a BA in political science and an MA in political science with a focus on international relations theory from The University of Western Ontario. He previously worked as a research assistant for national security policy in the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation in Washington DC and as a research assistant with the US Research Program at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. His articles have appeared in Joint Forces Quarterly, Defense News, Proceedings, Armed Forces Journal, The Weekly Standard, the RSIS Commentary Series, and the Journal of International Security Affairs. His manuscript, “Military Dissuasion: A Framework for Influencing PLA Procurement Trends,” appeared in the July 2010 edition of Joint Forces Quarterly.


Dr. Masamichi MINEHATA (JPN)  currently works at the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) in the Center for Research and Development Strategy. He received his PhD and MA from the Department of Peace Studies of the University of Bradford on the issues of Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). He worked for the UK Prime Minister’s Initiative on International Education to promote biosecurity education in cooperation with the National Defense Medical College in Japan and Landau Network Centro Volta in Italy (awarded by the British Council, UK). A related publication with his research includes a book chapter in Education and Ethics in the Life Sciences: Strengthening the Prohibition of Biological Weapons (Canberra: Australian National University E Press, 2010). Papers out of the SPF Fellowship include: "Getting the biosecurity architecture right’ in the Asia-Pacific region," Medicine, Conflict and Survival 28(1) 2012.