Masaaki Yatsuzuka

Research Fellow of Chinese politics, National Institute for Defense Studies, Japan

Masaaki Yatsuzuka is a research fellow at China Division, Regional Studies Department, National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) in the Ministry of Defence of Japan. His main research fields focus on modern history of Chinese politics and the current China’s security policy. He has experience as a research fellow in the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (2011-2013), a researcher at Political Section of Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong (2013-2015), an analyst at Intelligence and Analysis Service in Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2015-2016), and a deputy director in International Policy Division, Bureau of Defence Policy, Ministry of Defence of Japan (2018-2019). He received his B.A. in Policy Management and M.A. in Law from Keio University. His recent publications include China Security Report 2021: China’s Military Strategy in the New Era (2020).

Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army march during the Victory Day Parade in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, 24 June 2020, marking the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. (Sergey Pyatakov via REUTERS)

Japanese academic: Can the PLA succeed in its smart warfare transformation?

Japanese academic Masaaki Yatsuzuka examines the PLA's latest efforts to move towards smart technology and smart warfare, and what this might mean for China and other countries.