Hidekazu Wakatsuki

Hidekazu Wakatsuki

Professor, Faculty of Law, Hokkai Gakuen University

Hidekazu Wakatsuki is a professor at the Faculty of Law, Department of Political Science, Hokkai-Gakuen University, where he has been teaching since 2003. After graduating from the Faculty of Law at Doshisha University in 1993, he completed a master's course at Rikkyo University Graduate School of Law in 1996 and a doctoral degree in 2002. His major publications include The Era of 'Omnidirectional Diplomacy' (2006), Political Guidance of Japan as a Great Power (2012), and The End of the Cold War and Japan Diplomacy (2017). His specialisation is postwar Japanese diplomatic history, and his research theme is Japanese diplomacy before and after the end of the Cold War.

World leaders at the Asia Zero Emission Community (AZEC) Leaders Meeting as part of the ASEAN-Japan 50th Year Commemorative Summit in Tokyo, Japan, on 18 December 2023. (Ministry of Communications and Information, Singapore)

Japanese academic: Japan's declining national power must be considered in its security policy

While the Fukuda Doctrine introduced by former Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda was meant to promote peace and stability in Southeast Asia and ASEAN, the current approach of getting countries to choose between Japan and China might prompt ASEAN countries to hesitate from cooperating with Japan, says Japanese academic Hidekazu Wakatsuki.