Mr. Futori has been a Research Associate for the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 2011 to 2012. And he was a chairman of the Harvard Commemorative Cherry Tree Planting Initiative for the 100th anniversary of cherry trees given to the United States from Japan. During 2009-2011, Mr. Futori worked as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Japan Studies and Cooperation at Vanderbilt University. Also he was a Sasakawa Peace Foundation Research Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS and a Japan Studies Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington in 2012. Prior to his fellowship in the United States, Mr. Futori served as Chief of Staff at the office of Akihisa Nagashima, a House of Representatives member and former Senior Vice-Minister of Defense. Mr. Futori earned his Bachelor of Laws and M.A. in Political Science from Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan.

Project Summary

Mr. Futori ’s current research specializes on Japan’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) in the Context of the Rise of China. Japan will be able to contribute to the world through HA/DR missions. In an age of fiscal austerity, Japan and the United States need to exercise joint HA/DR missions to effectively use the resources of both countries. In order to emphasize the importance of U.S.-Japan cooperation in the missions, he will focus on the element of growing Chinese maritime HA/DR capabilities. The HA/DR mission is a rare chance to engage in military cooperation with China, and the United States and Japan would be able to counterbalance China’s influence in the world through promoting joint HA/DR missions. The U.S.-Japan alliance should work to make sure the rise of China will progress toward a peaceful and prosperous future for the United States, Japan, China, and the rest of the world.

Read Mr. Futori's recent essay, Japan's Role in Asia's Nuclear Security.

Major Publications

“U.S.-Japan Alliance and Rising China’s Naval Power” (Forthcoming, 2012), USJP Occasional Paper 12-04, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University