December 07, 2023


Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi

Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi

Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi is a Project Assistant Professor at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology of the University of Tokyo, and is concurrently an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Pacific Forum and a Senior Nonresident Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Indo-Pacific Security Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Ryo specializes in issues relating to defense, security, and transport governance in the Indo-Pacific, and is the author of the book "Defense Planning and Readiness of North Korea: Armed to Rule" (2021).


North Korea faces daunting challenge in modernizing its archaic naval fleet

Deployment of nuclear arms and a few new ships can’t overcome antiquated technology and decades of poor defense planning

Ryo Hinata-YamaguchiRyo Hinata-YamaguchiSeptember 27, 2023

Why interoperability remains a hurdle for trilateral cooperation on North Korea

US has strong military ties with its Asian allies, but Japan and South Korea have far less experience working together

Ryo Hinata-YamaguchiRyo Hinata-YamaguchiSeptember 20, 2023

How North Korea’s new advanced drones change the game for the US and ROK

New capabilities could spy on military bases and even assassinate targets, though much about weapons remains unknown

Ryo Hinata-YamaguchiRyo Hinata-YamaguchiJuly 28, 2023

By linking radars, ROK and Japan reduce blind spots around North Korean missiles

Shortcomings in missile tracking have led to mistakes in past, but success will depend on sustained cooperation with US

Ryo Hinata-YamaguchiRyo Hinata-YamaguchiMay 23, 2023

How GSOMIA can springboard better deterrence efforts against North Korea

Normalizing intel sharing pact important step for Seoul and Tokyo but must be a starting point for future cooperation

Ryo Hinata-YamaguchiRyo Hinata-YamaguchiApril 5, 2023

North Korean missile volley shows a new level of command and control complexity

But questionable planning and resource allocation may hamstring wartime operations for North Korean ballistic missiles

Ryo Hinata-YamaguchiRyo Hinata-YamaguchiNovember 3, 2022

Seoul will need more than impressive weapons to deter North Korean threats

ROK military showed off range of assets over the weekend but faces evolving DPRK capabilities and internal challenges

Ryo Hinata-YamaguchiRyo Hinata-YamaguchiOctober 5, 2022

North Korean missile threats drive Japan’s defense budget to record high

Tokyo embracing new measures to reconfigure national security strategies while boosting Self-Defense Force capabilities

Ryo Hinata-YamaguchiRyo Hinata-YamaguchiSeptember 14, 2022

How boost-phase missile defenses could help combat North Korean threats

Technology will be essential for future defenses against DPRK weapons, but significant technical hurdles remain

Ryo Hinata-YamaguchiRyo Hinata-YamaguchiAugust 8, 2022

Japan faces hurdles in acquiring counterstrike options against DPRK attacks

New capability might allow Tokyo to play a bigger role in alliance with US, but efficacy beyond that is less certain

Ryo Hinata-YamaguchiRyo Hinata-YamaguchiApril 14, 2022