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Dennis T. Yasutomo

Professor of Government

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Dennis T. YasutomoDennis T. Yasutomo received his undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University, studied at the International Division of Waseda University in Tokyo and received his doctorate in political science from Columbia University, where he also received the Certificate of the East Asian Institute.

Yasutomo's specialized field of research is contemporary Japanese foreign policy, and he is the author of numerous books and articles on Japanese politics and diplomacy. His books include Japan's Civil-Military Diplomacy: The Banks of the Rubicon (Routledge, 2014), The New Multilateralism in Japan's Foreign Policy (St. Martin's Press, 1995), The Manner of Giving: Strategic Aid and Japanese Foreign Policy (Lexington Books, 1986), and Japan and the Asian Development Bank (Praeger, 1983). The Manner of Giving was translated into Japanese as Senryaku Enjo to Nihon Gaiko (Dobunkan Shuppan, 1989).

As a two-time Fulbright Scholar, Yasutomo affiliated in Japan with the Policy Research Institute of the Ministry of Finance and the Institute of Developing Economies of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. He was also appointed as a visiting researcher in the faculty of law at Doshisha University in Kyoto. Yasutomo conducted research in Germany as a visiting scholar at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin. He also served as Smith College's short-term Hamburg Exchange Fellow in the School of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg.

At Smith College, Yasutomo served as director of the Program in East Asian Studies. He is active in study abroad activities and had served during the 2000-01 academic year as the resident director of the Associated Kyoto Program, Smith's consortium study-abroad program in Japan. He teaches courses on Japanese domestic politics and foreign policy, U.S.-Japan relations and the international relations of East and Southeast Asia in both the Department of Government and the Program in East Asian Studies.