Global Governance and Regional Strategy(GR)

 Let's talk about the reality of governance

Professor Program Chairperson

In "The Great Learning," one of the "four books" in Confucianism, there is a Chinese proverb that states, "Those who wish to rule the land must first cultivate their own characters, then manage their families, then govern their states; only then can they bring peace to the land." It could be said that this concept describes "Global Governance" from a bottom up approach, or world order starting from one's way of thinking. "Global Governance" may sound like something that is imposed on us from above by actors such as the United Nations, International Organizations, and NGOs, but it actually originates with people. Without people knowing and connecting with each other, the supposed "realism" in global governance will only stray from actual reality.

However, that is not to say that there is no need for governance from above. The American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, who was known for Christian realism, was a major influence on US diplomacy. He examined the tendency of people to corrupt the good, and called for us to confront it in society. In 2018, Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech at the Hudson Institute on the administration's policy toward China, and his words were clearly influenced by Niebuhr. Because human nature is multifaceted, there must be some rationality to nation states having control over systems and organized violence.

What the author of "The Great Learning" did not mention are the actors in the middle, which are now becoming more and more important in recent years. For example, local governments, which connect the family and state government, and the EU and ASEAN, which connect state government and global governance. Autonomous intermediary organizations in particular are expected to create platforms with careful deliberation and cooperation as described in "A Place for Us" by Benjamin Barber and address government and market failure.

You cannot envision governance without including all actors, such as those moving up from the bottom, those leading from the top, and those in the middle connecting the two together. Our program provides you expertise in all of these areas in topics such as politics, international relations, security, cyber security, regions, religion, history, the intimate sphere, human movement, and language. Although the area of focus depends on the person, the faculty members in our program overseeing the upper, bottom, and mid layer of the fields await you and the formation of the next evolution of governance.

Affiliated Academic Projects

  • Lifeworld and Publicness
  • China Perspective
  • Area Studies for Global Governance
  • Security Studies 1
  • Security Studies 2
  • Global Governance and Regional Strategy (Global)
  • Global Governance and Regional Strategy (Regional)

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Faculty Members(as of April, 2021)

Note: "◎" indicates the Program chairperson. " "(Underline) indicates not Graduate School Committee Members.

Name Title Research Interrest(S)
Eiichi TAJIMA Professor The Study on China, Especially on Chinese Civil Society, Public Religions, and Chinese Christian Associations
Haolan ZHENG Associate Professor Modern and Contemporary History of China, Chinese Area Studies
Kazumi OGASAWARA Professor

Public safety policy,Gender based violence, Victim support,Gender studies

Ken JIMBO Professor International Security, Security in Asia-Pacific, Regionalism in East Asia, Japan's Defense and Security Policy
Koichiro TANAKA Professor International relations in West Asia (Middle East) region, with a strong focus on Iran and Afghanistan
Michito TSURUOKA Associate Professor International security,European politics,NATO,European integration,nuclear policy


Assistant Professor Global health, Wellbeing/Me-byo, Communication for Development, Individual and Community Level Behavior Change, Health Behavioral Economics, Africa
Motohiro TSUCHIYA Professor Cyber Security, International Relations, and Studies on Information Society
Tomoki KAMO Professor Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy, Comparative Politics, International Relations(East Asia)
Toshihiro NAKAYAMA Professor U.S. Politics and Foreign Policy, US-Japan Relations, International Relations
Vu Le Thao Chi Project Assistant Professor Risk Behavior, Choices, Human Security, Narrative Approach, Development
Yo NONAKA Associate Professor Southeast Asian Studies (esp. Indonesia), Malay-Indonesian language
Yoko HIROSE Professor International Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Development Studies, The Transcaucasus Area Studies


Name Title Research Interrest(S)
Hajime OISO Associate Professor ICT policy
Wakana BABA Assistant Professor German Language Education, Modern German History
Yuichiro SHIMIZU Professor Japanese Politics, Modern Japanese History, Politics-Administration Relationship, Oral History

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Possibilities after Graduation

With regards to specific places of employment, there are opportunities in political/private research institutes, domestic and overseas civil service, media, and education related agencies. For instance, past placements include the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), the Development Finance Research Center, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Japan Center for International Finance (JCIF), private consulting firms, international NGOs, a branch of government work, foreign affairs officials, international civil servants, and international journalism, etc. Those seeking careers in education and research have the option of progressing to the Doctoral Program.