Dr Daisuke Akimoto is an adjunct lecturer of the School of Political Science and Economics at Meiji University, an adjunct fellow of the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) at Temple University Japan Campus, and an associated research fellow of the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) Stockholm Japan Center, Sweden.
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