Eliya Harnood joined Sasakawa USA in June 2021 as an Associate Program Officer. She provides support for the Japan U.S. Military (JUMP) Program and the Policy Briefing Series.
Eliya is two-time Terrapin graduate of the University of Maryland. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in Japanese in December 2019. During her undergraduate studies, she had the opportunities to study at Waseda University and to intern with the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Senate and the Council of Foreign Relations. Most recently, she earned her Master of Public Policy with a specialization in International Security and Economic Policy in May 2021.
Dr. Satohiro Akimoto is the Director of the Japan-U.S. Military Program (JUMP) as well as Chairman of the Board and President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. He joined the organization in January 2019. He brings to JUMP extensive experience in the areas of business, research, intellectual dialogue, and student exchanges between Japan and the United States.
Dr. Akimoto’s career has included roles at Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi International Corporation, Hughes Electronics, DirecTV Japan, Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications, Japan Society, Keidanren USA, and Mt. Fuji Dialogue.
Dr. Akimoto is a contributing writer for the Japan Times, associate fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in the UK, a contributing commentator for the Okazaki Institute in Japan, and a Japan Advisory Committee member of the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria.
Outside of the workplace, Dr. Akimoto has promoted student-athletes exchanges through football involving American and Japanese universities. He is executive advisor to the National Football Association. Dr. Akimoto has also worked as a producer and a co-screenplay writer on a feature length film, The Successor (1996). He also worked on documentary films.
Dr. Akimoto received a PhD in Sociology and a MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University and a BA in Law from Keio University. He also received a certificate in Russian Studies from Leningrad State University (currently St. Petersburg State University). He has studied at London University in the UK and at Georgetown University.
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