Tonami Aki

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Tonami Aki
University of Tsukuba
Faculty of Business Sciences
Job title
Associate Professor
PhD in Global Environmental Studies(Kyoto University), Master of Arts in Economics(Kyoto University), Bachelor of Science in Commerce(Santa Clara University)
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Academic & Professional Experience

Sep 2018
Adjunct Lecturer (Global Environmental Politics & Policies), School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University
Oct 2016
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Business Sciences, University of Tsukuba
Aug 2016
Sep 2016
Associate Professor, NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen
Aug 2011
Jul 2016
Researcher, NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen
Jan 2008
Jan 2010
Research Advisor, Political Section, Embassy of Japan in The Netherlands


Apr 2004
Mar 2007
Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University
Apr 2002
Mar 2004
Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University

Committee Memberships

Jul 2019
Japan Consortium for Arctic Environmental Research (JCAR)  5th Steering Comittee, Committee Member

Published Papers

Can foreign investment pose threats? EU’s perception and investment screening scheme
Defense Studies   (60) 21-41   Mar 2019   [Refereed]
Tonami, Aki
Third World Quarterly   39(6) 1211-1225   Jan 2018   [Refereed]
Japan remains a developmental state where the state guides and oversees economic development, and the strong bureaucracy and businesses in turn complement each other in leading and shaping policies to achieve developmental goals. Japan retains the...
Polar Record   53(5) 489-497   Sep 2017   [Refereed]
How does a state that is not a ‘natural’ Arctic or Antarctic state perceive the polar regions, interpret their roles in its foreign policy and translate this into actual polar policy? This paper seeks to answer these questions by comparing the Arc...
Future-Proofing Japan’s Interests in the Arctic: Scientific Collaboration and a Search for Balance
Aki Tonami
Asia Policy   18 52-58   Jul 2014
The Arctic policy of China and Japan: multi-layered economic and strategic motivations
Aki Tonami
The Polar Journal   4(1) 105-126   Jul 2014
Trajectories of Japanese and South Korean Environmental Aid: A Comparative Historical Analysis
Aki Tonami and Anders Riel Müller
The Journal of Environment & Development   23(2) 191-219   Jan 2014
Japanese and South Korean Environmental Aid: What are their life stories?
Aki Tonami and Anders Riel Müller
DIIS Working Paper   2013(8)    Apr 2013
Japan and Singapore in the Arctic: Considerations for Greenland
Stewart Watters and Aki Tonami
Journal Greenland   2013(1) 2-17   Jan 2013
Singapore: An Emerging Arctic Actor
Stewart Watters and Aki Tonami
Arctic Yearbook 2012   105-114   Nov 2012
Japan's Arctic Policy: The Sum of Many Parts
Aki Tonami and Stewart Watters
Arctic Yearbook 2012   93-103   Nov 2012

Books etc

Developmental states beyond East Asia
Tonami, Aki (Part:Contributor, Exporting the developmental state: Japan's economic diplomacy in the Arctic)
Routledge   May 2019   
Emerging Legal Orders in the Arctic: The Role of Non-Arctic States
Tonami,Aki (Part:Contributor, The rise of Asia and Arctic legal order-making: political-economic settings)
Routledge   Apr 2019   
Asian Foreign Policy in a Changing Arctic: The Diplomacy of Economy and Science at New Frontiers
Aki Tonami
Palgrave macmillan   Sep 2016   ISBN:9781137537454
岩波書店   Dec 2007   ISBN:4000230204
京都大学学術出版会   Oct 2007   ISBN:4876987270

Conference Activities & Talks

Japan and its Arctic identity: Forming a narrative about the region [Invited]
The NTNU Japan Program "Technology, the Rule of Law, and East Asian Maritime Cooperation"   10 Oct 2019   NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Formation process and threat recognition of EU's investment screening framework
Japan Political Science Association 2019 Convention   6 Oct 2019   日本政治学会
Recent trends of European investment screening schemes
26th Conference of the Japan Association of International Security and Trade   20 Oct 2018   
The Choice is Yours: China’s investment in critical infrastructure in democracies
Japanese Political Science Association Annual Conference 2018   13 Oct 2018   
Japan's Arctic Policy [Invited]
Workshop on “Prospect of Arctic Issues in the Near Future” 2018   6 May 2018   Canadian Trade Office in Taipei

Teaching Experience


Research Grants & Projects

New Economic Diplomacy: China & Japan's overseas infrastructure investment in the Arctic and the role of non-state actors
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(C)
Project Year: Apr 2017 - Mar 2020    Investigator(s): Aki Tonami