Dr. Kobayashi is currently a professor at the Graduate School of Governance Studies, Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan. He is a former Cabinet Intelligence Officer (C.I.O.) for counter-terrorism at the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office (C.I.R.O.). In that position, he was responsible for assessing terrorism threats, representing Japan's intelligence community.
Before joining Meiji University in 2019, he worked for the Government of Japan for more than three decades, taking various positions at the National Police Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Cabinet Secretariat, primarily focusing on national security and public safety matters. He was also stationed in the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong, spending nine years abroad.
He holds a Ph.D. in international studies from Waseda University, an M.I.P.P. from the George Washington University, an LL.B. from the University of Tokyo, and two other master's degrees. He is the author of several academic articles on national security and public safety.
Kobayashi, Y. (2015). Assessing Reform of the Japanese Intelligence Community. International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, 28 (4), pp.717-733. 10.1080/08850607.2015.1051453
Kobayashi, Y. (2018). Exploring Sexual Harassment in the Police Force in Japan: A Comparative Study between Japan and the United States. The Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, 30, pp.255-269. http://hdl.handle.net/2065/00057032
Kobayashi, Y. (2020a). Assessing Police Oversight and the Complaint Review System in Japan. Meiji Journal of Governance Studies, (5), pp.15-28. http://hdl.handle.net/10291/21117
Kobayashi, Y. (2020b). The Intelligence Community in Japan: Small Intelligence of Economic Superpower - Reform in Progress. In B. de Graaff (Ed.), Intelligence Communities and Cultures in Asia and the Middle East: A Comprehensive Reference (pp. 149-162), Lynne Rienne.
Kobayashi, Y. (2021). Perceptions of Police Officers in Crisis Situations: Why did Fukushima Police Officers Continue Their Duties in the field During the Nuclear Plant Disaster? Meiji Journal of Governance Studies, 6 , pp.27-53. http://hdl.handle.net/10291/21856
Kobayashi, Y. (2022). Characteristics of Terrorism Prevention Measures in Japan: An Integrated Framework of Causation and Opportunity Theories. Meiji Journal of Governance Studies, 7, pp.37-51. http://hdl.handle.net/10291/22622