Mr. Erik Isaksson is Research Coordinator with the Stockholm Japan Center at ISDP. He holds a Master of Arts in Asian Languages and Cultures (with a specialization in Japanese) from Stockholm University. Mr. Isaksson has previously studied at Nihon University and Hokkaido University, as well as interned at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo and at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm. He is particularly interested in the role of identity, culture and history in East Asian international relations. At ISDP he will work on Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) to African countries as it relates to Chinese efforts in the region.