Yusuke Saito, Select One

Cmdr., Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

Military Professor Stockton Center for International Law
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Biography

Yusuke Saito is a commander and judge advocate general officer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). He has served on five ships including Japanese BMD AEGIS ship DDG Kirishima. Ashore he served as staff of International Liaison Office, Maritime Staff Office and as a researcher for Operational Law Office in the JMSDF Command and Staff College. He most recently served as a researcher at the Center for a New American Security from 2016 to 2017 in Washington D.C. He graduated from the National Defense Academy of Japan in 2004 and the master's program of Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 2018.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Law
  • Japan
  • Maritime Strategy
  • South China Sea
  • UNCLOS

Professional Highlights

2015

Researcher, Operational Law Office, Command and Staff College, JMSDF

2014

Anti-Submarine Officer, DDG Kirishima, JMSDF

2012

Navigation Officer, DD Yamayuki, JMSDF

2011

Staff, Foreign Liaison Office, JMSDF Staff Office

2009

Staff, International Planning Section, Command and Staff College, JMSDF

2008

Engine Officer, DD Kirisame, JMSDF

2006

Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, DDG Atago, JMSDF

2005

Communication Officer, DD Matsuyuki, JMSDF

Education

M.S., Georgetown University, Foreign Service

B.A., National Defense Academy of Japan

Research Contributions and Publications

“The Quest for an Effective Regional Mechanism in the South China Sea,”
German Marshal Fund
22 September 2016

Awards and Decorations

Received 4th class citation for distinguished service, awarded for the Ballistic Missile Defense mission from Commander, Escort Force (three-star admiral)
March 2015

Received 4th class citation for distinguished service, awarded for RIMPAC 2014 from Commander, Escort Division Six
February 2015

Received 4th class citation for distinguished service, awarded for Fleet Review and Overseas Training Cruise from Commander, Escort Division Eleven
March 2013

Received 4th class citation for distinguished service, awarded for disaster relief operations following Great East Japan Earthquake from Chief of Staff, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (four-star admiral)
March 2012

Received 5th class citation for distinguished service, awarded for organizing international seminars from President of JMSDF Command and Staff College (three-star admiral), March 2011Received 5th class citation for distinguished service, awarded for contribution to security of 34th G8 summit talks from Commanding Officer of Destroyer Kirisame
March 2009

External Memberships and Associations

International Society for Military Law and the Law of War
Member

News, Media, & Events

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Rochefort Group Workshop Series: Workshop One

Mar. 19, 2019
8:00 a.m.
Sims Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841
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What World War I Tells Us About a China-Japan War Today

Nov. 24, 2018
The National Interest
Article Publication

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