Civil-military relations and Japanese domestic politics; Japanese foreign policy; and comparative civil-military relations
Takako Hikotani is Associate Professor at the Department of Public Policy and Graduate School of Security Studies at the National Defense Academy of Japan. She also serves as faculty advisor at the Center for International Exchange at the academy, and lectures at the Ground Self Defense Force and Air Self Defense Force Staff Colleges, and the National Institute for Defense Studies. Her research focus on civil-military relations and Japanese domestic politics, Japanese foreign policy, and comparative civil-military relations. Her publications (in English) include, “Japan’s New Executive Leadership: How Electoral Rules Make Japanese Security Policy (with Margarita Estevez-Abe and Toshio Nagahisa), in Francis Rosenbluth and Masaru Kohno eds, Japan in the World (Yale University Press, 2009) and “Civilian Control and Civil-Military Gaps in the United States, Japan, and China” (with Peter Feaver and Shaun Narine), Asian Perspective 29:1, March 2006. She advised and appeared in PBS Wide Angle Program, “Japan’s About Face,” July 8, 2008. She was a Visiting Professional Specialist at Princeton University as Social Science Research Council/Abe Fellow (2010-2011), as well as a Suntory Foundation Torii Fellow (2000-2001), and Fellow of the US-Japan Leadership Program, US-Japan Foundation (2000- ).
Professor Hikotani received her BA from Keio University, MAs from Keio University and Stanford University, and PhD in Political Science from Columbia University, where she was a President’s Fellow.