Hiroko Maeda initially joined Sasakawa USA in December 2015 as a Visiting Fellow for a four-month fellowship from the PHP Institute’s Center for International and Strategic Studies in Tokyo. Though that fellowship has ended, Maeda remains a Non-Resident Fellow with Sasakawa USA, with an emphasis on China’s impact on the U.S.-Japan relationship. She also is a Research Fellow at the PHP Institute.
Previously, Maeda has worked as a visiting scholar with the Institute of Contemporary China Studies in Beijing and as a visiting professor with the Center for Japan Studies at Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan.
Maeda has researched and written extensively on topics including the impact of terrorism on Japan’s security policy, Japan’s comprehensive China strategy, U.S.-China relations under the Obama administration, the age of developmentalism in China and China’s impact on the U.S.-Japan alliance. She currently is working on two projects related to China’s foreign policy after the Cold War and the impact of China’s demographic problem to foreign policy.
Maeda received her bachelor’s degree from Osaka University in 1996 and a master’s degree for international politics from Kyoto University in 1999, where she focused on international relations in East Asia and Japan’s postwar security and foreign policy. She additionally attended Tsinghua University in Beijing while studying Mandarin.
She speaks native Japanese, fluent Mandarin, and proficient English.
Diplomacy in modern China; international relations in East Asia; security studies
Following their assertive actions in the East China Sea in recent years, Chinese foreign policymakers now find themselves under considerable pressure. China’s expansionist strategies in the East and South China Seas have earned Beijing widespread criticism from the international community. These emerging challenges have prompted the current debate in Japan about how best to respond to China.
China’s military buildup has shaken regional stability and poses a challenge to the U.S.-Japan alliance. This view is broadly shared in the U.S. and Japan, but the respective reasons for concern might be slightly different.