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Ayako Okubo is a Lecturer at the Department of Maritime Civilizations, School of Marine Science and Technology, Tokai University. She has conducted research on decision making process, science-policy interface and effectiveness of international regimes for management of marine living resources including tuna -RFMOs and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). She has also published on Japan’s whaling diplomacy and multilateral negotiation at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) with close observation of negotiation at annual meetings of the IWC since 2002. She has working experience as research fellow at the Embassy of Japan in Stockholm (1999-2001), the Ocean Policy Research Foundation in Tokyo (2004-2007) and Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo (2007-2011). She received her B.A. in International Relations from Tsukuba University and M.A. in Economics from Hitotsubashi University.
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