Professor Akio Takahara
Akio Takahara is Professor of Contemporary Chinese Politics at the Graduate School of Law and Politics, the University of Tokyo. He received his D.Phil. in 1988 from the University of Sussex, and later spent several years as Visiting Scholar at the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong (1989-91), the Japanese Embassy in Beijing (1996-98) , the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University (2005-06), and at the School of International Studies, Peking University (2014-15). Before joining the University of Tokyo, he taught at J. F. Oberlin University (1991-95) and Rikkyo University (1995-2005) . He also served as a Programme Officer of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (1988-89), Member of the Governing Body of the Institute of Development Studies, UK (1999-2003) , President of the Japan Association for Asian Studies (2009-11), and Secretary General of the New Japan-China Friendship 21st Century Committee (2009-14). He currently serves as senior fellow of the Tokyo Foundation, adjunct fellow of the Japan Institute of International Affairs, and senior fellow of the Japan Forum on International Relations.
His publications include The Politics of Wage Policy in Post-Revolutionary China, (Macmillan, 1992) , New Developments in East Asian Security (Akashi Sh ote n, 2005, co-editor, in Japanese) , Beyond the Borders: Contemporary Asian Studies Volume One (Keio University Press, 2008, co-editor, in Japanese) , The History of Japan-China Relations 1972~2012 Volume One Politics (University of Tokyo Press, 2012 , co-editor, in Japanese ), Modern History of Japan-China Relations (Yuhikaku Publishing Co., 2013, co-author, in Japanese), and To the Era of Developmentalism, 1972-2014, Series on China’s Modern History, Volume 5 (Iwanami Shoten, 2014, co-author, in Japanese) .