Fujio Ohnishi - Visiting Research Fellow at the Barents Institute

Fujio Ohnishi is studying the structure and functions of Barents cooperation and the interplay of national and regional agents in Norway-Russian confidence building and regional integration in the Barents regions. He is comparing this with cross-border collaboration in the Northern Far East with intent to identify positive lessons for prospective cooperation in both parts of the world.
E-mail: fujio at barinst.no
Fujio Ohnishi is a visiting researcher of the Barents Institute in 2008–09 based on a stipend granted by the Research Council of Norway. Ohnishi holds a PhD in International Relation from Nihon University, Japan where he also is Adjunct Lecturer in International Relations and Interdisciplinary Regional Studies, specialising on the Nordic countries. Based on his knowledge of Scandinavian languages he analysed in his thesis the peaceful steps in the settlement of the status and democratic structure of the islands of Åland, situated in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland. The research also included the peaceful and constructive series of bilateral agreements, the development of local democracy and special EU regulation successfully put in place on Åland until present times. This research was supported by grants from Ålands självstyrelses 75-årsjubileumsfond and Nihon University.
Ohnishi is actively implementing regional work in Japan through his membership in the Shizuoka City Council of Public Promotion of Local Self-government. He was guest researcher in 2004–05 at the Åland Islands Peace Institute in Mariehamn, Finland. He has concluded research on the so-called Finnmark Act, the new regime of managing the vast former state commons of the North Norwegian County of Finnmark where Kirkenes is situated.

Current research project:
  • “The Formation of the Barents Cooperation and its Challenges.” This study aims to analyse multilateral aspects of Barents cooperation. It focuses on: 1) the historical background; 2) the functions both of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council at government level, and the Barents Regional Council; 3) cross-border people-to-people integration; 4) challenges which Barents cooperation faces, especially from the point of view of international law.
  • Fujio Ohnishi, “The Enlargement of the Baltic University," Studies in International Relations 29 (2008) 1, pp. 251-264. (On the Baltic University Programme as a model of internationalization of higher education for sustainable development, and a good example of bottom-up based region building. In Japanese).
  • Fujio Ohnishi, “Review on the Norwegian Diplomatic Response toward the Russian Planting of the National Flag on the Seabed under the North Pole,” Studies in International Relations 28 (2008) 4, pp. 151-164. (In Japanese).
  • Fujio Ohnishi, "The Formation of the B7 Baltic Islands Network: Reinforcement of Inter-Regional Relations," Studies in International Relations 28 (2007) 1, pp. 111-119. (In Japanese).
  • Fujio Ohnishi, "The Finnmark Act and Environmental Coexistence," Studies in International Relations 27 (2006) 4, pp. 127-139. (In Japanese).
  • Fujio Ohnishi, "The Autonomy of Åland and the Six Guarantees of the League of Nations," Studies in International Relations 27 (2006) 3, pp. 451-481. (In English).
  • Fujio Ohnishi, "The Åland Process," Studies in International Relations 27 (2006) 2, pp. 367-378. (In Japanese).
  • Fujio Ohnishi, "Hembygdsrättens tillkomst: Ett exempel på kulturrätt," Daigakuinronsyu 15 (2005), pp. 1-8. (In Swedish).
  • Fujio Ohnishi, "The Autonomy of Åland Islands and the Legal Structure of the Right of Domicile: As a Case of the Guarantees for the Population of the Åland Islands to Preserve Their National Characteristics," Daigakuinronsyu 13 (2004),  pp. 26-46. (In Japanese).
  • Fujio Ohnishi, "The Problems of Neorealism in Predictions of NATO Disappearance," Daigakuinronsyu 12 (2002), pp. 5-15. (In Japanese).
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