The Japan Forum on International Relations

Director of Research

Wakako Ito is Director of Research and Executive Director at JFIR. She is also the Senior Program Coordinator at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, and Specially appointed Research Fellow at Institute for Future Engineering (IFENG). She served as a Research Fellow at Shinjuku Institute for Policy Studies and an Adjunct Lecturer at Hosei University, Kanagawa University and Keiai University. She holds an M.A. and a PhD in Political Science from Hosei University. Her research focuses on China’s space, science and technology, and dual-use technology policies. Her English-language publication includes “The State-oriented Model of Internet Regulation: The Case of China,” Tomoko Ishikawa and Yarik Kryvoi eds., Public and Private Governance of Cybersecurity: Challenges and Potential (Cambridge University Press, 2023).