BioKevin Placek is a program assistant for the Abe Fellowship Program, based in Tokyo. He holds a B.A. in international relations and a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining the Council, Kevin interned at the Japan Chair of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. and for Kono Taro, a member of the House of Representatives, in the Diet in Tokyo. His writings have appeared in a number of publications, including The Diplomat, East Asia Forum, and New Perspectives in Foreign Policy.