Research Fellow, the Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS)
Foreign & Security Policy of the Republic of Korea, International Relations in East Asia
In 2004 Kohtaro Ito started working at the office of Member of the House of Representatives. In 2006 he took a position at the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) as an Assistant Program Officer. Afterward, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Ilmin International Research Institute of Korea University. After coming back to Tokyo, he got a position at the Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) and contributed to research and analytical activities of the team on the Korean issues. From 2015 to 2017, he had served as a Deputy Counsellor at National Security Secretariat (NSS), Cabinet Secretariat to deal with Northeast Asian diplomatic and security issues, especially Korean affairs. Rejoined CIGS in July 2017. He is also Visiting Associate Professor at Ritsumeikan University and Visiting Lecturer at Shukutoku University. He received his bachelor and master degree in Policy Studies from Chuo University in 2001 and 2004. He was an exchange student at Korea University during graduate school.