Research Faculty

MATSUDA Yasuhiro

MATSUDA Yasuhiro

Department of Pan Asian Studies,
Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia
Research theme: Politics and Foreign Relations in China and Taiwan, Cross-Strait Relations

Politics and Foreign Relations in China and Taiwan, Cross-Strait Relations

Research Topics

Yasuhiro Matsuda is Associate Professor of the Institute for Advanced
Studies on Asia (Previously Institute of Oriental Culture) of the
University of Tokyo. He spent sixteen years in the National Institute
for Defense Studies, Japan Defense Agency/Ministry of Defense, as
Assistant or Senior Research Fellow. In 2008, he moved to the
Institute of Oriental Culture of the University of Tokyo. He received
his Ph.D. in Graduate School of Law at Keio University, in Tokyo. In
the meantime, he has served as a visiting research fellow at the
Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong (1994-96), Asia-Pacific Center
for Security Studies or APCSS in Hawaii (2000), the Henry L. Stimson
Center in Washington, DC (2000), Division of Strategic and
International Studies, Taiwan Research Institute in Taipei (2001),
US-Asia Institute in Washington, DC (2006), and Center for Japanese
Studies, Fudan University in Shanghai (2007). He is specializing in
political and diplomatic history of Asia, politics and foreign
relations in the PRC and Taiwan, and the Cross-Strait Relations.

Detailed Information: Official Website of Yasuhiro Matsuda’s Lab

Research activities

  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “China’s Strategic Culture Hypothesis: Pursuing the Mystery of a Unique Idea,” Research Reports,, July 27, 2022.: The Japan Institute of International Affairs, 2023. [Link] [Link]
Articles and Book Chapters
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Japan’s National Security Council since 2013: The Abe and Suga Administrations,.” Securing the State and its Citizens: National Security Councils from Around the World: London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2022: 113-122. [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “The Strategic Impact of the Taiwan Issue on the U.S.-Japan Alliance.”Japanese Vies on China and Taiwan: Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance, China Power Project, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), Washington D.C. 2018.3. [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Trump Administration’s Impact on the Cross-Strait Relations.”The Prospect Foundation & SSDP 2017 Dialogue, Taipei 2017.5. [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Taiwan’s New DPP Administraition: Its Impact on the Cross-Strait Relations and Japan’s Strategic Choices.”Paper Presentetd to Japan’s Grand Strategic Choices, Program GEAS-Einstein Visiting Fellow Workshop, Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin 2016.6.
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Taiwan in the China-Japan-US Triangle.” Getting the Triangle Straight: Managing China-Japan-US Relations. Edited by Gerald Curtis, Ryosei Kokubun, and Wang Jisi: Japan Center for International Exchange, 2010: 123-143. [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Diplomatic Rise or Transformation?: Assessing China’s Diplomatic Power and Influence in the 21st Century.”Presentation at a Workshop on Assessing China’s Rise : Power and Influence in the 21st Century: MIT Faculty Club, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA 2009.2.
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Security Relations between Japan and the PRC: Implications for Regional Security and Taiwan Conundrum.”The need for conflict management and conflict prevention in Sino-Japanese relations: The Silk Road Studies Program and Keio University Global Security Research Institute 2007.3.
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Security Relations between Japan and the PRC: Past, Present, and Prospects.”Paper Presentation at a seminar co-organized by The National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Tokyo, Japan and Centre asie ifri: France Ifri 2006.6.
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Taiwan’s Roles in the Structural Changes of Japan-China Relations: Substance and Image of Japan’s Taiwan Policy.”: Annual Meeting of Association for Asian Studies (AAS) 2006.4.
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Japan’s Changing View and Policy toward Taiwan: With Public Support, Without a Comprehensive Strategy.”Paper for Presentation at the Conference on “Japan’s Foreign and Security Policies: Alternatives, Drivers, and Implications”: Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) 2005.10.
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Structural Changes in Japan-China Relations: A Japanese Perspective.”Proceedings of the International Conference on China and the Emerging Asian Century: Organised by Institute of Strategic Studies (ISS) in Collaboration with Hanns Seidel Foundation, Islamabad, Pakistan 2005.9: 156-167.
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Taiwan’s Presidential Election in 2004: Its Impact on the PRC-Taiwan Relations.”: the European Association of Taiwan Studies Conference, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London 2004.4.
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Changing Relations between the PRC and Taiwan: Impact on Security in Northeast Asia and Japan.” Handbook: Japan-Taiwan Research Forum II: College of Social Science, Taiwan University, 2002: 5-21.
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Book Reviews
  • Madoka Fukuda, Adam Liff, and Yasuhiro Matsuda. “Assessing the Future Trajectory of China-Japan Relations,.”CSIS Interpret: China (2023.3). [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Taiwan Contingency in the Context of Japan’s New Defense Strategy.” Presented at the 2023 Taipei Security Dialogue: China and Its Challenges to Global Order and Democracy, Taipei, November 8 2023. (in en) [Link]
  • Shingo Ito, Yasuhiro Matsuda, Satoshi Morimoto, and Masakazu Toyoda. “Possible Taiwan War: How Should Japan Deal with It under Intensified US-China Conflict?” Presented at the Japan Spotlight,March/April 2023 (No. 248), March 2023, March 10 2023. [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Webinar Video + Report- Taiwan Tensions – Implications for China, the US, Japan and Europe.” Presented at the the Japan Society, September 20 2022. [Link] [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Implications of the Ukrainian War for the Indo-Pacific: A Conversation with Yasuhiro Matsuda.” Presented at the (Hudson Institute), March 11 2022. [Link] [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Japan-China Rivalry: Negotiating Challenges and Great Power Competition in Asia-Pacific.” Presented at the 65th IRENE Seminar Co-sponsored by the ESSEC Geopolitics & Negotiation Track, online Event, January 31 2022.
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Japan-Taiwan Relations in the 21 Century.” Presented at the Dans le cadre du séminaire « La Chine républicaine (1912-1949) : nouvelles approches historiques » de Xavier Paulès et Delphine Spicq, L’école des Houtes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), December 14 2021.
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Cross-Strait Relations in the 21st Century : Dilemma between Prosperity and Self-Reliance.” Presented at the Dans le cadre du séminaire « Taiwan et ses lieux de mémoire » de Samia Ferhat (séance exceptionnelle), L’école des Houtes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), December 13 2021.
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “The Strategic Impact of the Taiwan Issue on the US-Japan Alliance.” Presented at the L’école des Houtes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Centre de Recherches sur le Japon, December 9 2021. [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “The Prospects of Sino-Japanese Relations : From Rivalry to Cooperation ?” Presented at the Dans le cadre du séminaire « Aux origines de la mondialisation et de la « divergence ». Europe Asie, 1500-2000 » de François Gipouloux, L’école des Houtes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), December 6 2021.
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “The Prospects of Sino-Japanese Relations: From Rivalry to Cooperation?” Presented at the Bai Xian Asia Institute (BXAI) Sponsored Lecture Series, Yenching Academy of Peking University, April 23 2019. [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “A Dilemma between Security & Economy: Japan’s Strategy for the ‘New Cold-War’.” Presented at the School of Languages Litatures Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University, March 15 2019. [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasurhiro. “A Dilemma between Security & Economy: Japan’s Strategy for the ‘New Cold-War’.” Presented at the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Camberra, March 13 2019. [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “A Dilemma between Security & Economy: Japan’s Strategy for the ‘New Cold-War’.” Presented at the The Centre for International Security Studies (CISS), The University of Sydney, March 12 2019. [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Sino-Japanese Relations Are More Stabele than They Seem.” Presented at the East-West Center Washington, February 28 2018. [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “The Prospects for Improved Sino-Japanese Relations Following the 19th Party Congress: Converging Interests Despite in the Same Bed, Different Dreams.” Presented at the Japanese Diplomatic/Political History & Studies, Carlton University, January 24 2018.
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “How to Understand Cross-Strait Stalemate Under Xi Jinping and Tsai Ing-wen: ‘A Lost Opportunity’ or ‘The Dawn of A New Noral?’.” Presented at the Cross-Strait Relations at A Juncture: Japanese and American Perspectives, Brookings Institution, March 13 2017. [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro, and Naoko Mizutani. “New Taiwanese Government.” Presented at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, April 22 2016. [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “How to Understand China’s ‘Assertiveness’: Facts, Hypotheses, and Explanations.” Presented at the Department of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, February 24 2016.
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Rise of China and East Asia’s Security: The Evolving View from Japan.” Presented at the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) and European Policy Centre (EPC), Brussels, January 27 2015. [Link]
Magazine Articles
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “How will the war in Ukraine change the New Cold War between the United States and China? — Xi Jinping’s diplomacy of self-reliance and its implications for Taiwan.”Diplomacy Vol73, Oct14, 2022: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2022.10). [Link] [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Will a Taiwan Contingency Happen? Analyzing the Challenges Facing China.”Japan Spotlight: The Atlantic January/February Issue (2022.1): 1-3. [Link]
  • Onuorah, Darlene. “Interview with Yasuhiro Matsuda: The 2021 Defense White Paper and Japan’s Taiwan Policy.”The National Bureau of Asian Research: The National Bureau of Asian Research (2021.12): 1-3. [Link]
  • Skulley, Mark. “China-US Tensions: the View from Japan.”bluenotes: ANZ (2019.4): 18 April 2019. [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Indo-Pacific ‘Strategies’ and Their Implication for Taiwan: A Japanese perspective.”Global Taiwan Brief: Global Taiwan Institute 4, no. 3 (2019.2): February 13, 2019. [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Japan-Taiwan Relations under Beijing’s Watchful Eye.”East Asia Forum, Economics, Politics and Public Policy, May 6, 2017: East Asia and the Pacific (2017.5). [Link]
Misc. Articles
  • “The Question of Taiwan in the Context of East Asian Affairs,.”UTokyo FOCUS, Tokyo: The University of Tokyo (2023.10): web. (in en) [Link] [Link]
  • Kitado, Akira. “Japan Boosts Defenses on Remote Islands near Taiwan amid China Fears: Tokyo Is Rapidly Upgrading Military Bases on Yonaguni, Miyako and Ishigaki.” NIKKEI ASIA March 31 2024. [Link] [Link]
  • Christian Shepherd, Theodora Yu, and Lillian Yang. “Chinese Consumers Punish Japan over Fukushima Nuclear Warter Release.” The Washington Post August 29 2023. [Link] [Link]
  • Jessie Yeung,Junko Ogura,Emiko Jozuka, Saki To. “Schools egged, businesses harassed: Japan suffers Chinese backlash over Fukushima release.” CNN August 29 2023. [Link] [Link]
  • Yeung, Jessie. “Putin Expected to Meet Xi Jinping and Other world Leaders for First Time since Wagner Insurrection,.” CNN July 4 2023. [Link] [Link]
  • Gan, Nectar. “JG7 Leaders Gather on China’s Doorstep to Seek unified Response to Beijing’s Threat.” CNN May 19 2023. [Link]
  • Simone McCarthy,, and Nectar Gan. “China Has Widened Its Already Seeping Counter-Espionage Law. Experts Say Foreign Businesses Should Be Worried.” CNN April 17 2023. [Link]
  • Benoza, KATHLEEN. “Japan’s Top Diplomat Set for First Visit to China since 2019.” Japan Times March 29 2023. [Link]
  • Brad Lendon, Wayne Chang, Emiko Jozuka, and Junko Ogura. “Japan approves long-range weapons to counter growing threats from rivals.” CNN(WEB) December 20 2022. [Link]
  • Chris Zappone, Felicity Lewis, Nigel Gladstone, and David Wroe. “Dassling, Jamming and the International Race to Stake out Space.” Explainer July 14 2019, SPACE. [Link]
  • Zappone, Chris. “New ‘Cold war’ could claim Chinese Students, says Japanese lecture.” The Sydney Morning Herald March 23 2019. [Link]
  • Lee Jeong-ho,. “Why Thailand Could Be the Big Winner as China and Japan Start to Work Together.” South China Morning Post October 26 2018, diplomacy. [Link]
  • Tobin, Meaghan. “What Asia Thinks (But Won’t Say) about Trump Ditching Nuclear Treaty with Russia.” South China Morning Post October 24 2018, topic. [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro. “Free Flow of Talents, Goods and Information Essential.” China Daily May 9 2018, opinion. [Link]
  • Isabel Reylolds, Emi Nobuhiro, Yasuhiro Matsuda. “Top China Envoy Makes Rare Japan Visit.” Bloomberg April 15 2018. [Link]
  • Li, Tor Ching. “Japan, Taiwan Poised for New Era in Ties.” The Straits Times May 3 2016, News analysis. [Link]
  • Matsuda, Yasuhiro 「Japan-Taiwan Relations in the New DPP Era」 『Asia Pacific Bulletin(East West Center)』 2016.2.11 、No. 334. [Link]
  • Clavel, Teru. “In an Age of Global Terrorism, What Do We Tell the Children.” The Japan Times November 26 2015. [Link]
  • Kwok, Kristine. “China and Japan Mending Frail Relationship One Step at a Time.” South China Morning Post January 11 2015, China-Japan relations / Focus. [Link]


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