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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.

Global Geopolitics Series

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

Polish economy begins 2019 on strong footing, retail sales likely to have accelerated in January

Polands initial hard data for 2019 show that the biggest economy in Central Europe is still doing quite well in spite of a visible deceleration in the German manufacturing. The data published yesterday and today by the...

UK gilts gain after January consumer inflation disappoints investors; 10-year auction in focus

The United Kingdoms gilts gained during Wednesdays afternoon session, after the countrys consumer price inflation (CPI) data for the month of January, disappointed market participants, also down from the previous reading...

German bunds remain narrowly ahead of Q4 2018 GDP, Eurozone December trade balance

The German bunds remained narrowly mixed during European session Wednesday ahead of the countrys gross domestic product (GDP) for the fourth quarter of 2018, scheduled to be released on February 14 by 07:00GMT and the...

USD/SGD likely to trade lower in line with rebound in EUR and CNH, says Scotiabank

The USD/SGD currency pair is expected to trade lower in line with a rebound in the EUR and the CNH, according to the latest research report from Scotiabank. The SGD has been running a close correlation with the EUR and the...

JGBs continue mixed trading ahead of Q4’18 GDP data amid lingering hopes of U.S.-China trade deal

The Japanese government bonds continued to trade mixed towards the end of Asian session Wednesday, as investors await the countrys gross domestic product (GDP) for the fourth quarter of this year, scheduled to be released...

Politics

Melania Trump Reveals Romantic Relationship With Donald Trump; They Are Actually Closer Than What People See or Think

People always think that Melania Trump and Donald Trump do not have a good relationship as husband and wife. In fact, many see them as a mismatched couple who is only sticking together because they are currently the FLOTUS...

Vladimir Putin Set to Deliver State of the Nation Address Amid Significant Popularity Decline

Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia will deliver his state of the nation address on Feb. 20. It was reported that this would be his first address to the houses of parliament since being re-elected to the presidency for...

Donald Trump Wants to Cancel $929 Bullet Rail Funding; California Gov. Gavin Newsom Called the Move ‘Political Retribution’

Donald Trump is threatening to cancel the $929 high-speed rail grant to California. The White House stated on Tuesday, Feb. 19, that the administration is looking into every legal option to recover $2.5 billion funds that...

Donald Trump to Sign Smaller Border Wall Funding to Avoid Another Government Shutdown

After a 35-day shutdown, the government has temporarily reopened but what happens after the Feb. 15 deadline is still quite uncertain. However, there are reports that United States President Donald Trump will most likely...

Vladimir Putin’s Aide Tackles Alleged Russian Interference in 2016 U.S. Presidential Election; Writes Choice Is an ‘Illusion’

The relationship of Russian President Vladimir Putin and United States President Donald Trump has been a highly debated topic. Many critics believe the Russian government interfered with the election that Trump won in...

Science

Cancer Cure 2019: Experts Doubt Israeli Company’s Promise of Delivering ‘Complete Cure’ in 1 Year

Scientists from Israel recently announced they are one year away from delivering a complete cure to cancer. But some experts are explaining why the promised time frame is questionable. In late January, scientists and...

HIV/AIDS Cure 2019: Study of HIV ‘Accessory Protein’ Can Lead to Improved Treatment Plans for Patients

Aside from continuously researching for the absolute cure to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), scientists are also working on improving the treatment plans for infected...

Cancer Cure Found in One of World’s Most Rare Elements That Caused Dinosaur’s Extinction?

Iridium is one of the elements believed to have contributed to the extinction of dinosaurs. And, recently, scientists announced it is possible that it could also help them develop a cure for cancer. Scientists from...

HIV/AIDS Cure 2019: Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address Includes 10-Year Program to Weaken Epidemic

U.S. President Donald Trump will reportedly pledge on immensely diminishing the human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) epidemic while scientists are still looking for the ultimate...

HIV/AIDS Cure 2019: New Research Grants Focus on Body's Natural Control of the Virus Post-Treatment

Scientists around the world are exploring various angles to further understand HIV/AIDS and find a cure. Several research grants were previously awarded to groups who are aiming to focus on post-treatment control. The...

Technology

NBA 2K20 Release Date, Gameplay, Features: WNBA Star Confirms She's Part of Upcoming Video Game

The annual update of the National Basketball Associations video game simulation could arrive later this year and will be most likely called NBA 2K20. A major clue was recently dropped that the title will feature a star...

Apple Watch Series 5 Release Date, Specs: Glucose Sensor Is One of the New Health Features?

Apple has become more aggressive in improving the health-related features of its wearable device. For Apple Watch Series 5, one of the speculated additions is a new sensor that tracks the users glucose level. The iPhone...

OnePlus 7 Release Date, Specs, Features: 'Leaked Photo' Hints at All-Screen Design, Pop-Up Camera

A photo claiming to show the leaked design of OnePlus 7 is making rounds online. If it represents a real prototype, an upcoming smartphone with an all-screen design and a pop-up camera might be in the pipeline. The...

‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Update: Third Entry Deemed Highest Selling Game in January

Kingdom Hearts 3 has snatched the title of the best-selling game in the month of January. And while its predecessor achieved the same accolade when it was released in 2005, the latest entry got it beat in terms of sales...

GTA 6’ Release Date And Update: Massive Hiring Hints at Development of Sixth Entry for the Franchise

Although GTA 5 is one of the most successful and memorable game titles in history, its now over five years old. As such, fans of the franchise have been incessantly asking when Rockstar is going to create GTA 6. Right...
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