Akira Igata 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.