Ka Mei Samantha Ma

School of East Asian Studies

Research Student


I graduated with Bachelor of Laws from University of Hong Kong and Master of Laws in Chinese Law (with Distinction) in City University of Hong Kong. I also got a Master degree in Japanese Studies from Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The title of my master degree dissertation in partial fulfilment of the degree was “An Analysis of the Proposed Constitutional Revisions of the Second Abe Administration: the first six months of the new Administration and its Effect on Sino-Japanese Foreign Relations.”

I joined the School of East Asian Studies of the University of Sheffield as a PhD student in October 2015.

Research interests

Thesis Title: National Security Initiatives of the Koizumi and Second Abe administrations in Japan

Academic Supervisor: Dr Hiroaki Watanabe, Dr Zhong Zhang

This research project intends to study how the Prime Ministers of Japan perceive the national security of Japan as issues of concern. 

The national security measures of Japan such as the participation in the war against Afghanistan and the Iraq War in 2003 during the Koizumi administration, and the constitutional reinterpretation of the Second Abe administration will be the focus of this research study.

Research Activity

Conference presentations

  • Presentation of my research project in a joint seminar organized by the University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute of East Asian Studies and University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies. (26-30 Sept 2016)

Published Articles

  • A book chapter titled “The Legal and Political Landscape of Post-1997 Hong Kong” in A Post-1997 Hong Kong: 20 years after Hong Kong’s return to China/The 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Return to China, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd, (forthcoming in 2017)