Yuma joined the Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue in 2019 and has served in logistics, partnerships, and programme officer positions.
Yuma is a Kyoto-based scholar working on International Relations/International Political Economy. He also pursues another PhD degree at the Crawford School of Public Policy of the Australian National University, with the support of the Japanese Government.
His research explores Asian economic diplomacy, with a particular focus on the development of Asian regionalism where Japan meets Australia. He was selected as the 2023 Indo-Pacific Fellow (JAPAN) by the Perth USAsia Centre. Previously, he worked for the Japan Forum on International Relations as a project research associate at a research branch on Sino-US hegemonic competition and the Indo-Pacific Geo-economics.
He was awarded PhD degree in Political Science from Doshisha University, Kyoto. He holds an MA in Comparative Political Studies at Doshisha and an LLM at the University of Sheffield, as well as a BA at Waseda University. After spending 10 years in the Northwest area of the Capital and before starting his postgraduate studies, Yuma worked as an analyst at the Research Institute of Marubeni Corporation.
In 2016, he landed in Canberra for the first time to take part in the inaugural National Parliamentary Fellowships Program between Japan and Australia and became a huge fan of flat white.