Rira Momma

Rira Momma

Professor, Institute of World Studies, Takushoku University

Rira Momma is a professor at the Institute of World Studies at Takushoku University. He was previously the director of the Regional Studies Department at the National Institute for Defense Studies. He earned his MA in area studies from Tsukuba University, majoring in Chinese-Taiwanese relations, Chinese and Taiwanese political and military affairs, and the history of the People’s Liberation Army. He has offered comments on Chinese-Taiwanese relations and military trends in newspapers and on TV.

Shiyu or Lion Islet, which is part of Kinmen County, one of Taiwan's offshore islands, is seen with China's Xiamen in the background, in Kinmen, Taiwan, on 18 December 2023. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

Japanese academic: Taiwan needs to step up security on Kinmen and Matsu

Japanese academic Rira Momma analyses China’s tactics in the Kinmen fishing boat incidents and how Taiwan may need to enhance its vigilance on the security of its remote islands.
Taiwanese soldiers march during the annual Han Kuang anti-landing drill in New Taipei City, Taiwan, 27 July 2023. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

Why Japan may decide to intervene in a Taiwan emergency

While the extent of Japan's role in the event of a Taiwan emergency has not been thoroughly discussed and decided domestically, it appears that Japan’s involvement in some way is expected in most of the scenarios. Japanese academic Rira Momma goes over the possibilities.
Tanks take part in a live-fire military exercise in Pingtung county, southern Taiwan, on 7 September 2022. (Sam Yeh/AFP)

Japanese academic: What Japan will do in a Taiwan emergency

How will Japan respond in a Taiwan emergency? Japanese academic Rira Momma examines the imperatives in the event that China attempts to change the current international order with military power.