Ryo HINATA-YAMAGUCHI is a Visiting Professor at the Pusan National University, College of Economics and International Trade, Department of Global Studies. Ryo has presented and published on a variety of topics relating to defense, security, and transport governance in the Asia-Pacific. Ryo has previously served as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (reserve) and has also worked in a variety of positions in academia, entertainment, government, and policy-research. Ryo received his PhD from the University of New South Wales, MA in Strategic and Defense Studies and BA in Security Analysis from the Australian National University, and was also a Korea Foundation Language Training Fellow. Ryo is a native speaker of Japanese and English, is fluent in Korean, and also has some knowledge of Chinese and Malay.