VOSSE, Wilhelm M.

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VOSSE, Wilhelm M.
International Christian University
College of Liberal Arts Division of Arts and Sciences
Job title
Dr. phil.(University of Hanover, Germany), M.A.(University of Hanover, Germany)
Research funding number


Wilhelm M. Vosse is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan, where he also serves as Director of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI). He held visiting research positions at the University of Oxford and Harvard University. His research interests include Japanese foreign and security policy and the domestic discourse on defense and security. Current research projects deal with Japan’s new security partnerships, maritime piracy, and most recently cybersecurity. Recent books include "Japan’s New Security Partnerships" (Manchester University Press, 2018) and "Governing Insecurity in Japan. The Domestic Discourse and Policy Response" (Routledge, 2014).

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Oct 1994
Mar 1995
University of Hanover (Germany) Institute of Political Science Lecturer
Sep 1995
Aug 2000
Keio University Faculty of Policy Management Part-time Lecturer
Sep 2000
Mar 2006
International Christian University (ICU) Division of Social Science Assistant Professor
Jul 2002
Mar 2003
International Christian University Rotary Peace Center Assistant of the Rotary Peace Center
Apr 2006
Mar 2011
International Christian University (ICU) Department of Politics and International Relations Associate Professor


Apr 1993
May 2000
Political Science, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, University of Hanover, Germany
Sep 1990
Jun 1991
Political Science, International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Oct 1986
Dec 1992
University of Hanover, Germany

Committee Memberships

New Directions of East Asian History (Book Series), Springer  Advisory Board Member
Critical European Studies (Routledge Book Series)  Editorial Board Member
Sep 2008
Mar 2019
Journal of Social Science, Tokyo  Chair of the Editorial Board
Sep 2008
Social Science Research Institute, ICU, Tokyo  Director
Japan Aktuell. Journal of Current Japanese Affairs, German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg  Editorial Board Member

Published Papers

Renewable Energy Strategies Leading to Closer Europe-Japan Cooperation after 3/11
Asian International Studies Review   19(2) 61-85   Dec 2018   [Refereed]
Middle Power, Civilian Power, or New Power? Comparing Underlying Factors of the Security Policy in Japan and Germany
VOSSE, Wilhelm M.
Journal of Social Science   74 5-25   Sep 2012
European Lessons for East Asia Community Building
VOSSE, Wilhelm M.
International and Comparative Political Studies   20(1)    Mar 2011
Are Americans from Mars and Japanese from Venus? New Approaches in Explaining Different Public Attitudes Towards Foreign Policy in Japan and the United States
VOSSE, Wilhelm M.
Journal of Social Sciences   57 305-330   Mar 2006
The Long Protest for the Long River. The Protest Movement Against the Construction of the Estuary Dam in the Nagara River (Japan)
VOSSE, Wilhelm M.
Asian Cultural Studies, Special Issue: Grassroots Movements in Asia,   10 265-275   Mar 2001


Wilhelm M. Vosse
Research in Focus   2019    Oct 2019   [Refereed][Invited]
This paper analyses how Japan has been extending and deepening the legal and political framework for its cybersecurity policy in recent years. It focuses on the significance of Japan’s bilateral cyber diplomacy and cooperation with its most import...
Wilhelm M. Vosse
Working Paper of the Lessons Learned Project      Nov 2014   [Invited]
Vosse, Wilhelm M. (2015) Opportunities and Challenges of an Independent Deployer in Informal Organizational Structures: Japan’s Contribution to the CGPCS. Working Paper of the Lessons Learned Project. Capturing the Experience of the Contact Group ...
VOSSE, Wilhelm M.
International Relations of the Asia-Pacific   11(3) 534-537   Sep 2011
The German Peace Movement and its Influence on German Politics and Political Culture in the 1970s and 1980s
VOSSE, Wilhelm M.
275-302   Mar 2010
Haba, Kumiko (ed.) The Cold War and the Regional Integration: Comparative Studies on the History of International Relations between Europe and Asia
Recent Developments and Trends in Japanese Foreign Policy. Between Global Economic Crisis and Nuclear Threat
VOSSE, Wilhelm M.
102-128   Nov 2009   [Refereed][Invited]
Wieczorek, Iris and David Chiavacci (eds.), Japan 2009

Books etc

Routledge   May 2019   ISBN:9780367174248
Ken Coates, Kimie Hara, Carin Holroyd, Marie Söderberg (eds.) Japan's Future and a New Meiji Transformation: International Reflections, 1st Edition
Manchester University Press   Jul 2018   ISBN:978-1-5261-2312-1
Wilhelm Vosse and Paul Midford (eds.), JJapan's New Security Partnerships: Beyond the security alliance
Japan’s New Security Partnerships: Beyond the Security Alliance
Manchester University Press   Jul 2018   
After decades of solely relying on the United States for its national security needs, over the last decade, Japan has begun to actively develop and deepen its security ties with a growing number of countries and actors in the Asia-Pacific region a...
Recent Developments and Trends in Japanese Foreign Policy 2016/2017: Japan´s reaction to Donald Trump and Kim Jun-un
Wilhelm Vosse (Part:Contributor, 71-95)
Iudicium, Munich   Nov 2017   ISBN:978-3-86205-486-2
Wieczorek, Iris and David Chiavacci (eds.), Japan 2016
Governing Insecurity in Japan: The Domestic Discourse and Policy Response
Wilhelm Vosse, Reinhard Drifte, Verena Blechinger-Talcott (Part:Joint Editor)
Routledge   Dec 2016   
Since the end of the Cold War, Japan's security environment has changed significantly. While, on the global level, the United States is still Japan's most important security partner, the nature of the partnership has changed as a result of shiftin...
Broadening of security- and trade politics Japanese Foreign Policy 2015/2016 [In German]
Iudicium   Nov 2016   
National Security as a Dominating Factor of Japanese Foreign Policy 2014/2015
Wilhelm Vosse (Part:Contributor, 136-165)
Iudicium   Nov 2015   ISBN:978-3862054886
In: Wieczorek, Iris and David Chiavacci (eds.), Japan 2015: Politics, Economics, Society
From Abenomics to “proactive pacifism”: Developments in Japanese Foreign Policy 2013/2014 (in German)
Wilhelm M. Vosse (Part:Contributor, pp. 100-124)
Iudicium   Nov 2014   ISBN:978-3862054893
Wieczorek, Iris and David Chiavacci (eds.), Japan 2014
VOSSE, Wilhelm M., Reinhard Drifte and Verena Blechinger-Talcott (Part:Joint Editor)
Routledge   Jun 2014   ISBN:978-0-415-81130-9
Since the end of the Cold War, Japan's security environment has changed significantly. While, on the global level, the United States is still Japan's most important security partner, the nature of the partnership has changed as a result of shiftin...
Increasing Threat Perceptions and Anti-Militarist Norms
Wilhelm M. Vosse (Part:Contributor, pp. 13- 31)
Routledge   Jun 2014   ISBN:978-0-415-81130-9
Vosse, Wilhelm M. (2014) Increasing Threat Perceptions and Anti-Militarist Norms. In Governing Insecurity in Japan: The Domestic Discourse and Policy Response, edited by Wilhelm M Vosse, Reinhard Drifte, and Verena Blechinger-Talcott. London and N...
From Noda to Abe: Japan's foreign policy reaction to increasing threat perception [In German]
Deutsche Vereinigung fuer sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung   Nov 2013   
Wieczorek, Iris and David Chiavacci (eds.), Japan 2013
The DPJ approach to enhance Japan’s diplomatic role: Japanese Foreign Policy 2011/12 [In German]
VOSSE, Wilhelm M. (Part:Contributor, 91-108)
Deutsche Vereinigung fuer sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung   Nov 2012   
Wieczorek, Iris and David Chiavacci (eds.), Japan 2012
Comparing Japanese, Australian and European Responses to ‘out-of-area’ Security Challenges
VOSSE, Wilhelm M. (Part:Contributor, 160-182)
Palgrave   Oct 2012   ISBN:978-0230279018
Intensifying Australia-Japan bilateral security relations reflect an important trend in alliance politics. Smaller and middle power allies are cooperating with each other more directly on key strategic issues. Five years after the signing of the A...
Im Land der untergehenden Sonne: Japan im Jahr 2030 [In the land of the setting sun: Japan in 2030]
VOSSE, Wilhelm M. (Part:Contributor, 64-89)
Brockhaus   Sep 2012   ISBN:978-3577077705
Japan: Public Opinion and the Political Reaction Concerning the Iraq War
VOSSE, Wilhelm M. (Part:Contributor, 109-136)
Potomac Books   May 2012   ISBN:978-1-59797-492-9
Rarely has a foreign policy event spawned such interest in international public opinion as has the Iraq War. What does this war indicate about the extent to which public opinion influences foreign policy leaders? Have leaders’ decisions about part...
Herausgefordert durch Wirtschaftskrise und Naturkatastrophe: Japanische Außenpolitik 2010/2011 Challenged by an Economic Crisis and a Natural Catastrophe: Japanese Foreign Policy 2010/2011
VOSSE, Wilhelm M. (Part:Contributor, 121-146)
Deutsche Vereinigung für sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung, Berlin   Nov 2011   
Wieczorek, Iris and David Chiavacci (eds.), Japan 2011
In Search of New Global Role: Japanese Foreign Policy 2009/2010
VOSSE, Wilhelm M. (Part:Contributor, 123-147)
Deutsche Vereinigung für sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung Berlin   Nov 2010   ISBN:978-3-9812131-3-3
Wieczorek, Iris and David Chiavacci (eds.), Japan 2010
Toward Theories and Policies of “Peace, Security, and Conviviality
VOSSE, Wilhelm M. (Part:Joint Editor)
Fukosha Publishers   Mar 2010   
Will Japan be the Britain or the Germany of Asia? Domestic Changes and Future Options for Japanese Foreign and Defense Policy
VOSSE, Wilhelm M.
Fukosha   Mar 2010   ISBN:978-4-86258-038-2
Recent Developments and Trends in Japanese Foreign Policy. Enhancing its International Profile by Addressing Global Challenges
VOSSE, Wilhelm M. (Part:Contributor)
Deutsche Vereinigung fuer sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung Berlin   Nov 2008   

Conference Activities & Talks

Annual Conference of the International Studies Association (ISA) International Security Studies Section   18 Oct 2019   International Studies Association (ISA)
Wilhelm M. Vosse
Human-Centered Digitalization   20 Sep 2019   European Japan Experts Association
UK-Japan cooperation in cybersecurity and/or the development and governance of artificial intelligence [Invited]
Post-Brexit: UK-Japan Relations   10 Sep 2019   University of Warwick (UK) and Waseda University (Japan)
EU-Japan Cyber Diplomatic Cooperation [Invited]
Wilhelm M Vosse
EU-Japan Forum   19 Mar 2019   Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
EU-Japan Co-operation on Cyber Security [Invited]
EU-Japan Agreements – What Now?   13 Sep 2018   Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) and European Japan Advanced Research Network (EJARN),


Survey on Attitudes and Global Engagement (SAGE)
Wilhelm M. Vosse and Andrew Appleton   Database   Nov 2004 - Jan 2005
This study reports the findings of a mail survey of 970 American and 581 Japanese citizens in late 2004 and early 2005. The questions were aimed at measuring the respondents’ attitudes toward global issues, knowledge of global issues, global exper...

Research Grants & Projects

JSPS: Basic Research (C)
Project Year: Apr 2017 - Mar 2020    Investigator(s): Wilhelm M. Vosse
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
Project Year: Apr 2012 - Mar 2015
This is a study in critical foreign policy (Paul Williams 2005), and will identify factors which positively or negatively influence Japan’s security discourse and formal negotiations with Australia, the EU, some of its member states, and NATO, and...
日本学術振興会: Basic Research (C)
Project Year: Apr 2009 - Mar 2012    Investigator(s): Wilhelm M. Vosse
The overall purpose of the proposed project is to gain a better understanding of the structure of attitudes and views concerning foreign policies related issues and value among major industrial democracies. The study attempts to identify common un...