Ryuzo Masaoka, 2017, Japan

Ryuzo Prior experience: I am a civil official of the Japanese Ministry of Defense. I have been working for the Ministry for about 10 years, and my previous mission includes Japanese- U.S. defense cooperation. It was one of the hardest but most curious missions in my professional experience, and it shapes my current academic interest: alliance politics, especially Japan-U.S. alliance. 

Why the MA Program: At Fletcher, I will avoid sticking to my existing interest; this school seems to provide a wide range of learning, and I want to utilize this valuable opportunity. I am looking forward to studying with the diverse and experienced Fletcher students.


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