Advisory Board

Prof. Heizo Takenaka

Prof. Heizo Takenaka

Chairman, Advisory Board

Chairman of Pasona Group
Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Professor, Toyo University
Former Minister for Internal Affairs & Communications
Former Minister for Economic/Fiscal Policy
Former Minister for Finance

<Major Works>

“The Structural Reforms of the Koizumi Cabinet” (2008)
“Policy Crisis and the Japanese Economy – A Search for the Causes of the Economic Slowdown in the 1990s” (2001)
“The Economy in which Fast Movers Win” (1998)

Profile

Heizo Takenaka is a professor emeritus at Keio University and a professor at Toyo University in Japan. He served as Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy (2001-2006). In his capacity as an economist and as part of his social activities, he also serves on several advisory boards and committees such as Member of the Policy Council under Abe Administration; Director of Academy hills, Chairman of Pasona Group, Outside Director of Orix Corporation and Outside Director, SBI Holdings Inc. He was named to the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum in 2007. Professor Takenaka’s research interest is in economic policy.

Mr. Yasushi Akashi

Mr. Yasushi Akashi

Advisory Board

Chairman, International House of Japan
Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

<Major Works>

My Cambodian PKO Diary (2017)
How to negotiate with “Dictators”
(2010)
In the Valley between War and Peace- Personalities I met (2007)
The United Nations- Its History and Prospects (2006)

Profile

Mr. Akashi graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1954. He thereafter studied at the University of Virginia as a Fulbright Scholar, and later at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He joined the United Nations Secretariat in 1957, as the first Japanese staff member at the UN. He held numerous positions in the UN community, served as Ambassador at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, UN Under-Secretary-General for Public Information and later for Disarmament Affairs, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Cambodia and later for the Former Yugoslavia, and then Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs until the end of 1997. Currently, he is Chairman of the International House of Japan, Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace-Building in Sri Lanka, President of the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP), and Visiting Professor of Kwansei Gakuin University.

Dr. Koichiro Matsuura

Dr. Koichiro Matsuura

Advisory Board

Director-General of UNESCO (1999-2009)
Chairperson, World Heritage Committee of UNESCO (1998-1999)
Ambassador of Japan to France and concurrently to Andorra and Djibouti (1994-1999)
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (Sherpa for Japan at the G-7 Summit) (1992-1994)
Director-General, North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1990-1992)
Director-General, Economic Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1988-1990)

<Major Works>

2009 Africa (in Japanese)
2008 World Heritage (in Japanese)
1998 Japanese Diplomacy at the Dawn of the 21st Century (in French)
1994The G-7 Summit: Its History and Perspectives (in Japanese)

Profile

Koïchiro Matsuura led UNESCO as its Director-General for ten years (1999-2009). Prior to that, he served as Japan’s Ambassador to France and chair of UNESCO’s flagship World Heritage Committee. He was educated at the Law Faculty of the University of Tokyo, and at Haverford College, where he earned a BA in Economics, and later, an honorary doctorate in law from his alma mater. His diplomatic career began with a posting to Ghana in 1961 covering ten West African countries. In the 1970s he went on to serve as Counselor at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC, and later as Consul General in Hong Kong. As Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1992-1994, he was Japan’s Sherpa for the G-7 Summit. Since returning to Japan in 2010, he has assumed a number of posts, including the president of the Africa Society of Japan, and received a Ph.D.from Ritsumeikan University in Japan for his thesis on Africa.

Mr. Kenzo Oshima

Mr. Kenzo Oshima

Advisory Board

Entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1967)
Served at the Embassy of Japan in France, India, US, Australia, and the Permanent Mission in New York
Director-General, Economic Cooperation Bureau (MOFA) (1997-99)
Director-General, Office for International Peace Cooperation (Prime Minister’s Office)
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations (2001-03)
Ambassador to Australia (2003-04)
Ambassador to the United Nations (2004-07)
Senior Vice-President, JICA (2007-11)
Member, Diet-appointed Investigation Commission of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident (2011)
Commissioner, Japan Nuclear Regulation Authority (2012-13)

Profile

Kenzo Oshima is a retired diplomat, with extensive work experience in the United Nations and practitioner experiences in international development and humanitarian areas at the Foreign Ministry and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Currently, Mr. Oshima is serving as the Managing Director of the Africa Society of Japan and as Guest Professor at Hiroshima University and Kwansei University.

Prof. Mitoji Yabunaka

Prof. Mitoji Yabunaka

Advisory Board

Specially Appointed Professor of Ritsumeikan University, Osaka University
Foreign Affairs Undersecretary
Former Deputy Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs
Former Director General of Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau
Former Japanese Consulate-General to Chicago
Former Japanese Representative to Geneva
Former International Institute for Strategic Studies (London) Principal Investigator
Former North American Affairs Bureau Section Manager (Japan-US Economic Friction)

<Major Works>

New Rules for Japan in the Trump Era (2017)
A Japan that Won’t Lose to the World (2016)
The Course of Japan―The Hint is in Its Neighbors (2015)
National Fate (2010)
Economic Negotiations with the US—A Real Image(1991)

Profile

Professor Mitoji Yabunaka entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in 1969 and served at the Embassy of Japan in South Korea, Indonesia and the US. After becoming Director of the Second North America Division, North American Affairs Bureau (specializing in US-Japan economic friction), he worked as Senior Researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. Subsequently, he became the Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva. In 2002, he was appointed as the Director-General of the Asian and Oceanic Affairs Bureau and took on the role of Chief Representative of the Japanese Government at the Six-Party Talks on the North Korea nuclear issue. He then became the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and served as a G8 summit Sherpa. He also became the chief negotiator of the Economic Partnership Agreement with Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. In 2008, he was appointed as the Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs. Since his retirement in 2010, he has become a Professor at the Ritsumeikan University and Osaka University.

 

Mr. Tatsuo Yamasaki

Mr. Tatsuo Yamasaki

Advisory Board

Advisor of International Finance to Mitsubishi Corporation
Former Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs,
Ministry of Finance, Japan

Profile

Tatsuo Yamasaki served as Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs from July 2014 until July 2015. Prior to that, he was assigned as the Director-General of the International Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Finance in August 2012, after serving for two years as the Senior Deputy Director-General of this Bureau. He joined the Ministry of Finance in 1980, then went on to work as a Chief Economist of the JBIC from 1997 to 2000, based in Singapore. Between 2000 and 2008, he served as the Director and the Deputy Director-General in the International Bureau of the Ministry of Finance. From 2008 through to 2010, he worked as the Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs of the Japanese Financial Services Agency. During this period, he also assumed the position of Vice chairman on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). Mr. Yamasaki has also been Senior Professor of the International University of Health and Welfare since September 2015.

Mr. Seiichi Kondo

Mr. Seiichi Kondo

Advisory Board

Director of Kondo Institute for Culture & Diplomacy
Ambassador Special Envoy for UN Affairs
Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Denmark
Former Ambassador to UNESCO

<Major Works>
Sekaini Tsutaeru Nihon no kokoro (2016)
FUJISAN Sekai Isan Eno Michi (2014)
The Owl of Minerva and the Future of JapanMineruva no Fukuro to Asu no Nihon(2012)
Wielding Soft Power: The Key Stages of Transmission and Reception (2008)
WTO Negotiations under the Impact of Globalization: The Opportunity and Challenges of Multilateralism in the Twenty-first Century (2008)

Profile

Ambassador Seiichi KONDO is Director of Kondo Institute for Culture & Diplomacy. He was appointed Ambassador Special Envoy for UN Affairs in December, 2013. He served as Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs from 2010 to 2013. He was previously Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Denmark and to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1971, and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1972.

Prof. Gerry Curtis

Prof. Gerry Curtis

Advisory Board

Professor Emeritus of Political Science Former Director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
Director, US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program
Author of publications both in English and Japanese

<Major Works>
Seiji to Sanma – Nihon to Kurashite 45 nen (Politics and Saury: 45 Years Living with Japan) (2008)
The Logic of Japanese Politics (1999)
The Japanese Way of Politics (1988)
Election Campaigning Japanese Style (1971)

Profile

Professor Gerry Curtis is known in Japan and throughout the world for his expertise on political and social change in Japan, American policy in East Asia and US-Japan relations.  He has a Ph.D in political science from Columbia University and has published several books on Japanese politics. His books are not only studied by foreign students interested in Japan but have also been required readings for generations of Japanese college students. Fluent in Japanese, he is a popular speaker and author and appears often in the Japanese mass media. He has been involved with Japan for more than 50 years and lives both in Tokyo and New York.  He has a huge network of contacts in Japan and has known every prime minister since the mid-1960s. An accomplished jazz pianist as well as scholar he can often be found playing at jazz clubs in Tokyo.

Prof. Kent Calder

Prof. Kent Calder

Advisory Board

Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation, SAIS and Johns Hopkins University
Director for the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies
Former First Executive Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University
Former First Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Princeton University
Former Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Former Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Former Professor Emeritus, Princeton University

<Major Works>
Circles of Compensation: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan ( 2017 )
Singapore: Smart City, Smart State (2016 )

Profile

Professor Calder received his A.M. M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. In 1979, Professor Calder became the first Executive Director of Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, and Lecturer on Government at Harvard. In 1983, he became Assistant Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and was promoted to tenured professor at Princeton in 1989. From 1989 to 1993, and again in 1996, Professor Calder also served as Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). From 1997 to 2001, Professor Calder he served as Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan. Since 2003, he Professor Calder has served as the Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of East Asian Studies and Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at SAIS/Johns Hopkins University. Professor Calder he has been giving lectures on Japan-U.S. relations for over 38 years. Professor Calder has played an important role in promoting people-to-people exchange and building trust, which serve as the basis of the Japan-U.S. alliance. Professor Calder’s work in Japanese politics is highly regarded in both Japan and the United States and he has received numerous awards, including the Mainichi Asia-Taiheiyo Grand Prize (1997), In 2014 he was also awarded a Japanese Imperial decoration, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, in recognition of his contribution to Japan Studies and to US-Japan relations.