Visiting Fellow Tomohisa Takei
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Tomohisa Takei joined the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in 1979 after graduating from the National Defense Academy. He rose to the rank of admiral and served as the thirty-second chief of maritime staff from October 2014 until his retirement in December 2016. Currently, Takei serves as a special advisor to the chief executive officer of engineering company SAMPA KOGYO K.K, an advisor to the Japan Forum of Strategic Studies, and as a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute for International Affairs. He studied at the Graduate School of the University of Tsukuba, receiving a master’s degree in regional studies in 1993. He also graduated from the Naval Command College of the US Naval War College in 1999. From 2017 to 2020, Takei served as the chief of naval operations’ distinguished international fellow in the US Naval War College’s International Programs Department.