Yasuhiro Sakata, 2017, Japan

 Prior education: 

  • Master of Security Studies, National Defense Academy of Japan
  • Bachelor of Social Science, International Relations, National Defense Academy of Japan
Prior experience: I have worked in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force for more than fifteen years, including a two-year assignment at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Most recently, I worked in the Defense Plans and Policies Division of the Air Staff Office, where I was in charge of overseeing cooperation with the air forces of other Asian countries. 

What you hope to achieve through MA Program: Since the program is for mid-career professionals, it will give me many opportunities to learn from the practical experiences of my classmates, while also sharing my own varied career experiences. In MA program, I would like to study US foreign policy to identify the principles that I can apply in Japan. I look forward to being an active member of Fletcher’s internationally diverse community both within and beyond the classroom. 


  • Japanese
  • English