Takatoshi Oyama

Associate Professor, Institute of Liberal Arts, Kyushu Institute of Technology*Profile is at the time of the award.

2024Inamori Research GrantsHumanities & Sociology

Research topics
The Transformation of the 'Peaceful Nation' from the Global South Perspective: Dialogues with Stakeholders in Aid and Development within the Mekong Region
Since around the mid-2010s, Japan's development cooperation policy has undergone a qualitative transformation. Regarding this policy transition by the Japanese government, this study examines how it has materialized in the specific context of the Mekong region, while investigating how aid actors from Thailand, China, and international NGOs have perceived Japan's changes. Through international collaborative research that highlights the parallax surrounding the Mekong region, positioned at the core of the Japanese government's Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) vision and having become an arena for international aid competition, we examine what kind of international impact Japan's transition in development cooperation policy has had.


This research will be conducted with three collaborators: Satoru Matsumoto (Hosei University), Soyeun Kim (Sogang University), and Muyun Wang (University of Tokyo). Through exchanging information and opinions, we will proceed with the research, aiming to capture the parallax that has not been grasped in Japanese or English.

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