Prof. Mitoji Yabunaka

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)


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.