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Kimiaki Kawai

Research Fellow

Kimiaki Kawai


  • Emerging Technologies, Peace and Security
  • International Humanitarian Law, International Disarmament Law

Kimiaki Kawai is Research Fellow for the Toda Peace Institute where he is responsible for the area of emerging technologies, peace and security. Prior to taking this position in October 2019, Kawai served as Director of Peace and Human Rights at Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and Director of the Soka Gakkai Peace Committee.

Since the early 1990s, Kawai has been involved in activities for the abolition of nuclear weapons, with a focus on public outreach and education. He was responsible for organizing a series of anti-nuclear-weapon exhibitions, including “Everything You Treasure — For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons” which SGI launched in collaboration with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in 2011.

Kawai has participated in and spoken at international conferences on security issues focused on nuclear weapons and lethal autonomous weapons system (LAWS), including the negotiation conferences leading up to the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations in 2017.

He concurrently serves as and a member of the secretariat of Japan NGO Network for Nuclear Weapons Abolition. He is a member of the Japan Association of Disarmament Studies.


PhD Program, Graduate School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences, Nagasaki University (Expected March 2023)
MA in Political Science, Graduate School of International Politics, Economics and Communication, Aoyama Gakuin University (2020)
BA in Literature, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (1989)


“Revisiting Operative Paragraph (2)E of the 1996 ICJ Advisory Opinion on Nuclear Weapons: Still Lawful after All These Years?” (Master’s degree thesis, 2020)
“Ratenamerika oyobi Karibu Chiiki Kakuheiki Kinshijouyaku [The Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and Caribbean],” JADS Newsletter, No 18, (Japan Association of Disarmament Studies, 2015), pp. 3-5.
Kakuheiki no Hijindousei nikansuru Osurokaigi [Conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons in Oslo],” JADS Newsletter, No 14, (Japan Association of Disarmament Studies, 2013), pp. 7-10.