Yuma Osaki (大﨑祐馬) is a political economist in the making. He is a student of International Relations and International Political Economy (IR/IPE), working on Asian economic diplomacy.
His Ph.D. project explores international trade governance and the evolution of the global trading system, focusing on the advent of regional economic integration arrangements in Asia, such as the TPP and the RCEP, which evolved from the proliferation of the free trade agreements (FTAs), through Australia and Japan’s perspectives.
As part of this project, his MA/LLM dissertation “The Regional Trade Dynamics in the Asia-Pacific: A Comparative Analysis of South Korea, Japan, and China’s Making Free Trade Agreement with Australia” examined the interplay between bilateral and regional FTAs in a multi-layered trading system, through the case studies of three Northeast Asian countries FTAs/EPA with Australia - the so-called “FTA Trifecta”.
In 2016, he left Kyoto and landed in Canberra for the first time to take part in the inaugural National Parliamentary Fellowships Program before commencing his dual-degree program in Sheffield, UK. Organised by the ANU and Japan Center for International Exchange, this inter-governmental research exchange program involved a two-month stint at the Australian Parliament House. In 2019, he joined the Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue (AJYD) as an Organising Committee Member. Currently, he also works for a research branch on Indo-Pacific Geoeconomics at the Japan Forum on International Relations (JFIR).
Supervisor(s) and panel members
・November 2021, “Evolving Australia–Japan cooperation in dealing with the ‘three Cs’,” Australian Strategic Policy Institute
・October 2020, “Political sclerosis? Suga’s stability backed by LDP gerontocracy,” with Ben Ascione, East Asia Forum
・September 2019, “After Abe, Japan desperately needs fresh political blood,” with Ben Ascione, East Asia Forum Quarterly
・April 2019, “US-Japan Trade Agreement Negotiations: Why Now?” Diplomat
・February 2019, “Is This a True Thaw in Sino-Japanese Relations?,” with Trissia Wijaya, Diplomat
・September 2018, “Japan Doesn’t Need to Compete With China’s Belt and Road,” with Trissia Wijaya, Diplomat
・May 2017, “International Trade Governance and the G7 in the Trump and post-Brexit Era,” Global Policy
Scholarships and fellowships
2019-2022：Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarship
2019-2022：ANU Postgraduate Research Scholarship
・U.S.-Japan Research Institute (USJI) Scholar Program, 2018
・National Parliamentary Fellowship Program, Japan Fellow 2016
Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia