Author - Katsuya Yamamoto


Katsuya Yamamoto

Program Director and Senior Research Fellow
Security Studies Program

Katsuya Yamamoto

Maritime Security, Chinese Military Strategy

Katsuya “Kats” Yamamoto, Rear Admiral (retired) Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) joined SPF as a senior research fellow in April 2023.

Kats graduated from the Japan National Defense Academy and earned a Master of Policy Studies degree from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. He also attended the Maritime Law Enforcement Officer Course at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, Virginia; the Regular Course of the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) and the PLA National Defense University in Beijing.

RADM(ret.) Yamamoto was a surface warfare officer, serving onboard various destroyers and commanding the JS SHIRAYUKI (DD123). He also worked in a variety of positions including Chief of the International Policy Planning Section at the Joint Staff Office and Director of National Security & Strategic Studies Office in the JMSDF Staff College. As a military diplomat, Kats served as Defense/Naval Attaché to China and President of the Naval Attaché Corps in Beijing. He later served as Liaison Officer and International Military Professor of the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island. Kats enjoyed collaborating with the distinguished faculty members and published many articles in Japanese and English. His last mission of the active duty was as Director of Education at NIDS.

His recent English publications include "China Maritime Gray Zone Operations" [co-authored with Andrew S. Erickson et al.] (Naval Inst. Pr. 2019), "Why Don’t Japanese and Taiwanese Militaries Talk to Each Other?" [co-authored with Adam M. Aycock] (The National Interest online, 2018), and "China's Military and Evacuation Plans from South Korea" [co-authored with Terence Roehrig] (The National Interest, 2018).