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Taku Tamaki

Taku Tamaki

Lecturer in International Relations, Loughborough University

Taku Tamaki is a Lecturer in International Relations, specialising in the international political dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region. After gaining his PhD at Aberystwyth, he was Research Fellow at the Institute of Asian Cultural Studies at International Christian University in Tokyo, and taught International Relations at Plymouth before moving to Loughborough in 2007. He has taught a wide range of courses on international politics and international political economy, including International Relations Theory, the United Nations and International Organisations, The Asia-Pacific in Global Politics, and the International Political Economy of the Asia-Pacific Region.

Having spent four years as a US Treasuries broker at Cantor Fitzgerald (Tokyo office), he brings first-hand experience of political economy to the classroom, having experienced the market turmoil immediately following the announcement of the collapse of Barings Bank in 1995.

Taku is interested in applying the concepts of International Relations and Social Theory to the international political-economic dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region. His main focus is on Japanese foreign policy in East Asia, spanning both Tokyo’s diplomatic- and economic relations with Asia and the US.

His current research investigates the images of Asia in contemporary Japanese foreign- and economic policy pronouncements. Here, he explores how policy elites understand and explain Asia as both a threat and opportunity—an interpretation that transcends both the past and present. He is also looking into Japan’s soft power projection in Western Europe, researching on the way Japanese government perceives its political- and economic activities in the EU and the UK.

He has published in leading journals in international relations and the international politics of the Asia-Pacific, including The Pacific Review, International Relations, and the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific.

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Caught between Trump and Kim, Japan is nervous and alone

Sep 11, 2017 14:53 pm UTC| Insights & Views

North Koreas nuclear test, by far its largest, came less than a week after it test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile that flew over northern Japan, triggering a national text-message system known as the...

Japan has turned its culture into a powerful political tool

Apr 26, 2017 07:49 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Much has been made of Japans recent turn away from pacifism and growing military muscle, but Tokyo is also extending its global reach in more subtle ways. Japan is especially serious about increasing its soft power, the...

An ageing emperor steps down – and leaves Japan at an awkward crossroads

Aug 10, 2016 15:42 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Emperor Akihitos recent statement to the Japanese nation had been anticipated for some time, but it was nonetheless a startling moment. Akihito refrained from uttering the a-word, but the message was clear: he wants to...

Obama's Hiroshima visit was hugely momentous – and bitterly ironic

May 27, 2016 16:03 pm UTC| Insights & Views

After accepting an invitation from the Japanese government, Barack Obama has become the first sitting president of the US to visit Hiroshima, the site of the first ever atomic bombing. Speaking in front of the Hiroshima...

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Economy

The NBA’s Phoenix Suns were recently valued at more than US$2 billion by Sportico and US$1.8 billion by Forbes.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, ex-Disney CEO Bob Iger, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, and Steve Jobss widow Laurene Powell Jobs have been named as parties interested in acquiring the Phoenix franchises after majority owner...

The deal allows the Boston-based Rapid7 to feature its logo on the team playing jerseys and practice tops from the start of the 2022/23 season

The NHLs Boston Bruins have secured their first multi-year jersey patch partnership deal with cybersecurity firm Rapid7. The deal allows the Boston-based Rapid7 to feature its logo on the team playing jerseys and...

The adhesive is biodegradable and compostable because it has been created with a high percentage of renewable, non-fossil-sourced components

AM Labels has added sugar cane and grass-based paper labels to its portfolio to meet consumer demand for environmentally-friendly labeling solutions. The new sugar cane paper labels are composed of 95 percent sugar cane...

With its acquisition of Stone Brewing, which operates on both the US Pacific and Atlantic coasts, Sapporo has secured US production bases that can help reduce logistics costs.

Sapporo Breweries Ltd. gained a couple of bases to expand in the US following its $168 million acquisition of California-based craft beer producer Stone Brewing Co. Sapporos subsidiary, Sapporo U.S.A. Inc., bought Stone...

The companies believe more people will spend more in virtual department stores and amusement parks as they spend more time online.

South Koreas retail giants, Shinsegae and Lotte have ignited their competition in the virtual world, which is emerging as new a future growth engine. The companies believe more people will spend more in virtual...

Politics

The Senate ratified the Kigali Amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol by 69-27.

The United States Senate this week ratified an amendment to the Montreal Protocol that would phase out the use of greenhouse gases contributing to global warming. The chamber ratified the Kigali Amendment that would end...

Truss reportedly informed Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid about her review of relocating the British embassy to the contested city.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss is reportedly considering moving the British embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Truss apparently told Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New...

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said the "acts of chaos" in the demonstrations are unacceptable.

The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of Irans Morality Police has sparked widespread unrest in the country, which has escalated into violence. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi warned against the violence as...

UN human rights envoy for Myanmar Tom Andrews warned countries not to take any measures that would legitimize the junta's planned elections.

Myanmar has been in a state of unrest since February last year, when the generals seized power in a coup and ousted the countrys elected government. With the junta planning elections that would take place next year, a...

Science

Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone payments after successfully passing key stages of the development and approval cycle.

South Koreas Celltrion Inc. will jointly develop and work on the market release with Abpro Corp. of the US on a breast cancer treatment candidate ABP 10 Under the deal, Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone...

Current Canadian and American management efforts do not go far enough to decrease entanglement hazards and encourage the recovery of the North Atlantic right whale.

The Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch program added the American red lobster, caught in both US and Canada to its red list. Other species also added to the list are the snow crab, Atlantic rock crab, and others that...

The microscope unit, which also manufactures industrial endoscopes and x-ray analyzers, will be transferred to Bain on January 4, subject to antitrust regulatory approvals in Japan and elsewhere.

Olympus had agreed to sell its microscope unit to private equity firm Bain Capital for $3.1 billion as it speeds up the overhaul of its business portfolio to focus solely on medical technology The microscope unit, which...

The research team discovered that steamed mealworms emit a strong, corn-like odor, and when grilled or fried, they gave off a shrimp and frying oil-like scent.

South Korean researchers from Wonkwang University have developed a new process that uses edible insects to create meat-flavored seasoning. The research team came up with 98 volatile compounds with varying amounts of...

The resulting thermoplastic resin could be purified through a distillation process to make food-grade potassium lactate.

Wind turbine blades could eventually be recycled into gummies according to a Michigan State University professor, This was discussed during the American Chemical Societys fall conference, which kicked off in Chicago...

Technology

CD Projekt Red celebrates ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ for having 1 million daily visitors in the last week

CD Projekt Red revealed that at least one million players have opened Cyberpunk 2077 in the past week. Online charts show that the daily numbers of concurrent players are also climbing up, especially after the release of...

Microsoft’s 2022 Surface event is happening on October 12

Fall is typically the season when the biggest tech companies unveil new flagship products every year. And Microsoft just confirmed that it would once again host a Surface event next month, where it is expected to unveil...

Twitch rejects calls for a 70/30 revenue split and announces it will standardize 50/50 share from subscriptions

Twitch announced upcoming changes to its policy on revenue share from subscriptions. The update, which will be implemented next year, will primarily affect streamers who are under a premium agreement with the...

Pixel 7 leak suggests Google is not planning to increase prices this year

Googles Pixel launch event is happening in a few weeks, but details about the Pixel 7 series pricing may have already leaked. And the company may not be planning to implement price increases for its new flagship phones...
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