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USJI Events Participants

Yoshiaki Abe

Yoshiaki Abe Ph.D. Currently Waseda University Professor. Born in 1939 in Osaka. Studied economics at Keio and also international and development economics at Graduate school of Economics at Cornell and joined the World Bank in 1967. Engaged in operational work for 29 years in a variety for development settings in Africa, Asia and Latin America involving macroeconomic analysis and the implementation of infrastructure projects in various countries. Retired from the World Bank in 1996, joined in 1997 in Waseda University as Professor at Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies and retired there from in end March 2010.

Kiyoaki Aburaki

Mr. Aburaki is US Representative of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) and the 21st Century Public Policy Institute (21PPI), a think tank affiliated to Keidanren. Mr. Aburaki is also conducting research activities and projects as a Visiting Fellow of Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Mr. Aburaki obtained Master of Science in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Keio University, Tokyo.

Takeo Akiba

Takeo Akiba is the Minister for Political Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. since January 2009. Right before he assumed his office, he was a research fellow at Harvard University for 5 months with the research interest on the Impact of WMD Proliferation and East Asian Security. Prior to taking the fellowship at Harvard, he was the Director of China and Mongolia Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan. As a career diplomat, Mr. Akiba has held a number of key assignments in the ministry as follows: From 2004 to 2006, he was the Director of the International Legal Affairs Division. From 2002 to 2004, he served as the Director of the Treaties Division. He also was the Director of the United Nations Policy Division, as well as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs. Overseas assignments include three years in Washington, D.C., where he was the First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan with responsibility for Japan-U.S. trade disputes. Mr. Akiba is a graduate of the Law Faculty of Tokyo University and also of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, from which he received a Master’s Degree.

Akito Arima

Present Status: Chancellor, Musashi Gakuen
1953 Mar. Graduation from University of Tokyo
1956 Mar. Completion of Graduate Course, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Tokyo
1958 Aug. Dr. of Science from Univ. of Tokyo
Academic Career:
1956 Apr. Research Associate, Institute for Nuclear Studies(INS), Univ. of Tokyo
1959 Sep. Research Associate, Argonne National Laboratory
1960 Sep. Lecturer, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Tokyo
1964 Aug. Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Tokyo
1967 Sep.-1968 Jul. Visiting Professor, Rutgers Univ., New Jersey and Princeton Univ.
1971 Jan.-1973 Jan. Professor, State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook
1975 Jun. Professor, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Tokyo
1981 Apr. Director of Computer Center, Univ. of Tokyo
1981 Sep.–1982 Aug. Director, The Physical Society of Japan
1983 Oct.-1987 Mar. Councilor, Univ. of Tokyo
1985 Apr.-1987 Mar. Dean of Faculty of Science, Univ. of Tokyo
1987 Apr.-1989 Mar. Vice President, Univ. of Tokyo
1989 Apr.-1993 Mar. President, Univ. of Tokyo
1993 Apr.-1993 Sep. Professor, Hosei Univ.
1993 Apr.-1998 May Scientific Counselor, Ministry of Education
1993 May Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Tokyo
1993 Oct.-1998 May President, The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research(RIKEN)
1995 Apr.-1998 May Chairman of the Central Council for Education
1996 Nov.-1998 May Member of the Administrative Reform Council
1996 Dec.-1998 May Deputy Chairman, Council for Relocation of the Diet and other organizations
1998 Jul.-2004 Jul. House of Councilors member
1998 Jul.-1999 Oct. Minister of Education, Science, Sports and Culture
1999 Jan.-1999 Oct. Minister of State for Science and Technology
2000 Jun.- Chairman, Japan Science Foundation
2004 Jul.- Director, Science Museum
2006 Apr.- Chancellor, Musashi Gakuen
2010 Apr.- Chairperson, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture

Carole Cameron

Ms. Cameron is the Director of the International Affairs Division. She has held key management positions in FEMA’s NIMS Integration Center, the Office of National Preparedness, the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the U.S. Fire Administration, the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Program and the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program. Ms. Cameron also directed a team of experts that developed the National Response Framework. In addition, she coordinated Federal, State, local and community and family preparedness programs in the post September 11 era.
In the International Affairs Division, Ms. Cameron is responsible for exchanging information and technical expertise with foreign emergency management offices; managing FEMA’s involvement in the civil side of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); coordinating the exchange of international assistance during disasters; and coordinating participation of foreign governments during exercises.
In 2004, Ms. Cameron was awarded a Brookings Institute Legislative Fellowship to work with the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on chemical site security legislation. In the Senate, Ms. Cameron also handled legislative issues involving homeland security, emergency preparedness and response, fire safety, and chemical accident prevention.
Prior to coming to FEMA, Ms. Cameron was the Communications Coordinator for EPA’s Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Program where she directed communication and outreach efforts for the Agency’s Risk Management Program, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Office, International Affairs, and EPA’s anti-terrorism efforts.

Monte Cassim

Monte Cassim, Vice-Chancellor (Strategic and International Initiatives) of Ritsumeikan, was President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University from 2004–09. As Professor of Policy Science (1994-) his research is in environmental science and health informatics at the Sustainability Science Research Center, Ritsumeikan University. He was HonoraryProfessor at King’s College London GKT Medical School (2003-04). Graduating in 1970 from the Faculty of Natural Science, University of Sri Lanka Colombo, he studied under a Japanese Ministry of Education Scholarship at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering in the Master’s and Doctoral (1974-82) programs. He has worked extensively in Asia and Latin America while at the UN Centre for Regional Development(1985-94). He is The Representative Director of the Digital Discoveries Research Collaboratory, established together with private industry (2011-).

Lata Chatterjee

Lata Chatterjee is Professor Emeritus, Boston University and prior to that Professor at The Johns Hopkins University. Her publications range over a number of fields including Housing Economics and Policy, Urban Environmental Quality and Socio/Economic Development in the Third World, as reflected in several books and scores of book chapters and Journal articles. She has served as a consultant to the World Bank, United Nations and the US AID, serving on their missions to Brazil, South Africa, Egypt. She served on the Governing Board of Oxfam America and Head of Global Programming. Her current research is on Urban Future of India and the Rise and Evolution of Entrepreneurial Cities. She has been a Fulbright Fellow to the Netherlands and Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, UK. And Sweden’s Institute for the Future Studies amongst several other international institutes.

J.D. Crouch II

Dr. J.D. Crouch II is the President of QinetiQ North America’s Technology Solutions Group, where he leads the overall strategic development of the company’s land systems, maritime and transportation programs.
Prior to this appointment in November 2009, he was the Executive Vice President for Strategic Development at QinetiQ North America’s regional headquarters.
Until July 2007, he served as the Deputy National Security Advisor and Assistant to the President of the United States. He was a senior advisor to the President on national security matters, chaired the sub-cabinet Deputies Committee, and was second in command at the National Security Council.
He currently serves on several government advisory boards.
Dr. Crouch served as U.S. Ambassador to Romania from 2004 to 2005, where he managed the complex relationship between the two countries during the time of Romanian military deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and the negotiation of a U.S. military presence in Romania. He was extensively involved in developing U.S. business opportunities in Eastern Europe.
Dr. Crouch also served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy from 2001 to 2003. He was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on policy for missile defense, nuclear forces, NATO, Europe, Russia, the Central Asian Republics, the Caucuses and the Balkans, technology security policy, counter-proliferation and arms control.
From 1993 to 2001, and late 2003 to 2004, Dr. Crouch was an Associate Professor of Defense and Strategic Studies at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. He also co-founded PalmGear.com, the Internet’s leading source of Palm OS software.
From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Crouch was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy in President George H.W. Bush’s Administration. From 1986 to 1990, he was the Military Legislative Assistant to Senator Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyoming) and served as the Senator’s staff designee on the Senate Armed Services Committee. From 1984 to 1986, he served in the Reagan Administration as a special assistant to the Assistant Director for Strategic Programs in the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and was an advisor to the U.S. Delegation on Nuclear and Space Arms Talks with the former Soviet Union.
Dr. Crouch served pro bono for seven years as a reserve deputy sheriff in southwest Missouri, and as a member of a multi-county Special Response Team.
Dr. Crouch has twice been awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal. He received the Alumni Merit Award from the University of Southern California in 2006 and the Military Merit Grand Cross with White Ribbon from the Kingdom of Spain in 2003. He was the Missouri Deputy Sheriff of the Year for 2000.
Dr. Crouch received his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California. He has two children and lives with his wife Kristin in Virginia.

Masako Egawa

Masako Egawa is the Executive Vice President of The University of Tokyo, overseeing public relations, alumni relations, development and international affairs.
Dr. Egawa joined the University of Tokyo in April 2009. From 2001 through 2009, she served as the Executive Director of the Japan Research Center of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (Harvard Business School). Prior to joining Harvard, Dr. Egawa worked in the investment banking industry for 15 years in New York and Tokyo, advising corporations and governments on M&A and capital raising transactions for Salomon Brothers and S.G. Warburg (now UBS).
She received a B.A. in international relations from the University of Tokyo, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (Harvard Business School), and a Ph.D. in management from Hitotsubashi University.
Dr. Egawa has served on the Tax Council (advisory body for the Prime Minister), the Financial System Council (advisory body for the Ministry of Finance), Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy (expert member) and Self-Regulatory Board of the Japan Securities Dealers Association. In 2013, she was appointed the chair of the U.S.-Japan Research Institute. Her recent publications include “Management with Weak Shareholder Orientation” (Nikkei, 2008) and “Case Studies of Japanese Companies” (Diamond, 2010).

James W. Fatheree

James W. Fatheree is president of the U.S.-Japan Business Council (USJBC) and senior director for Japan and Korea at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Fatheree works with the board of directors and member companies to set strategic direction and policy priorities for the USJBC and provides substantive and management oversight. He also interacts with senior U.S. and Japanese government officials and corporate executives in pursuing the Council’s mission. The USJBC, which was integrated into the Chamber in June 2012, represents the interests of U.S. companies operating in Japan and works to improve bilateral trade and economic relations.
In his role as senior director, Fatheree helps set Chamber priorities and policy positions for Japan and Korea as part of the Asia division’s overall agenda and programs.
Previously, he worked in the International Trade Administration, on Capitol Hill, and in several private firms on trade issues.
A native Texan, Fatheree received a B.A. in government from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in international economic policy from American University, and a certificate in international business from Georgetown University.
Fatheree resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Richelle, and three sons. His hobbies include cycling, hiking, and scuba diving.

Ryo Fujikura

Ryo Fujikura is a Professor of Hosei University, Japan. He is also serving as the Dean of Hosei Graduate School of Environmental Management. He received his B.A. (1978) and M.Sc. (1980) from the University of Tokyo, and Doctor of Natural Science (1982) from Innsbruck University, Austria. He served as an officer in the Environment Agency (presently, Ministry of the Environment) of the Japanese Government between 1984 and 1995. During 1991- 1993, he was seconded as an environmental expert to the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (it is presently Japan International Cooperation Agency). He was an Associate Professor of the Kyushu University, and later a Professor of Ritsumeikan University from 1995 until 2003. He is currently studying on (1) environmental policy formulation in Japan, (2) pollutions in developing countries, particularly in Asia, and (3) social and environmental impact of official development assistance (ODA).

Yuko Fujishima

Ms. Fujishima was born in Akita, Tohoku region in Japan. She majored in Business Administration at Waseda University, and did a study on corporate branding through social networking systems (SNS). From 2009 to 2010, she studied international culture and business at Portland State University in Oregon, USA. Her volunteer experiences include her involvement in a project to help farmers in South Korea. Since 2011, she has been a member of The Hirayama Ikuo Volunteer Center (WAVOC) student project to support high school students in Fukushima. In her free time, she likes to watch movies and soccer games.

Hiroyuki Fujiwara

Director, Social System Research Department, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster prevention (NIED)
1988 Undergraduate Student in the Faculty of Science, Kyoto University
1989 Graduate Student in the Department of Science, Kyoto University
1996 Ph.D. (Kyoto University) (Thesis advisor; Prof. Kojiro Irikura)
[Academic Career]
1989- Researcher, NIED
1997-1998 Visiting Researcher, Australian National University
2001- Head of strong motion observation network laboratory, NIED
2006- Project director, Disaster prevention system research center, NIED
2011- Director, Social system research department, NIED

Kiichi Fujiwara

Kiichi Fujiwara is professor of International Politics at the University of Tokyo. A graduate of the University of Tokyo (B.A. and M.A.), Professor Fujiwara studied as a Fulbright student at Yale University before he returned to Japan at the Institute of Social Science (ISS). He has held positions at the University of the Philippines, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Bristol, and was selected as a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center at Washington D.C. Prof. Fujiwara’s works on international affairs include Remembering the War, 2001; A Democratic Empire, 2002; Is There Really a Just War? 2003; Peace for Realists, 2004 (winner of the Ishibashi Tanzan award, 2005), International Politics, 2007; War Unleashed, 2007.

Richard L. Garwin

IBM Fellow Emeritus, Thomas J. Watson Research Center
1944-1947 Undergraduate Student at what is now Case Western Reserve University. Obtained B.S. in Physics.
1947-1949 Graduate Student in the Department of Physics, University of Chicago. Obtained Ph.D. (Thesis advisor, Prof. Enrico Fermi).
[Academic Career]
1949-1952 Instructor and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, University of Chicago
1952-1993 Staff Member and IBM Fellow at the IBM Watson Scientific Laboratory (Columbia University) and the Thomas J. Watson Research Center
At times, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and Adjunct Professor of Physics, Columbia University

Carl Green

Carl J. Green is Senior Advisor in the Washington, D.C. office of Hitachi, Ltd, where he formerly served as Senior Representative with broad responsibilities for both business strategies and public affairs. Prior to joining in Hitachi in 1997, Mr. Green practiced and taught international business law. He was a partner in the Washington and Tokyo offices of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and a member of the faculty of Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught international trade, Japanese law and international business transactions. Mr. Green was the founding director of Georgetown’s Asian Law and Policy Studies Program. During the 1970s, Mr. Green was the Ford Foundation’s Representative in Japan and East Asia. Mr. Green is a past President of the Japan-America Society of Washington and Chairman of the Washington Advisory Board of the Asia Society. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on its selection committees for both the International Affairs Fellowship and the International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd. He is also a member of the Washington Institute for Foreign Affairs and of the International House of Japan. In 2007 he was honored with the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation Award for his contributions to the U.S. – Japan Relationship. Mr. Green received his A.B., magna cum laude, in East Asian Languages from Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on international business law and international affairs. He is fluent in Japanese and also speaks Chinese, French and German. He is married to Pamela W. Green, a painter, and is the father of three sons.

Michael Handford

Michael Handford, PhD (Nottingham) is Professor of the Institute for Innovation in International Engineering Education at the University of Tokyo. He lectures on intercultural communication, discourse analysis and professional communication, and lecturing in English. He is the author of The Language of Business Meetings (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and co-editor, with James Paul Gee, of The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis (2011).

Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris is the Internet Policy Advisor in the State Department's Office of International Communication and Information Policy. During his time at State Department he has also served as the lead policy advisor on East Asian Affairs and African Affairs in the same office, as well as serving a detail with the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy. Prior to joining the State Department, Andrew served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and as the Director of Youth Ministry at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Andrew is a graduate of Georgia Tech (M.S., International Affairs) and Vanderbilt University (B.A., Political Science).

Haruo Hayashi

HARUO HAYASHI is Professor of the Kyoto University Graduate School of Informatics.
He also belongs to Research Center for Disaster Reduction Systems at Kyoto University's Disaster Prevention Research Institute where he has taught since 1994.
He received both his Bachelors and Master's degrees from Waseda University, and Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles.
The general focus of Dr. Hayashi's work is on Societal and Human Reactions to Disasters, Risk Communication and Education, Information System for Disaster Management, Standardization of Emergency Operations, and Multi-hazard Risk Assessment.

Nobumitsu Hayashi

1980: B.A. in Law, University of Tokyo, Japan
1980-1982: Official, International Finance Bureau, Ministry of Finance (MOF), Tokyo, Japan
1982-1985: Economist, Treasurer’s Department, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, USA
1985-1986: District Director, Hamada Tax Office, Shimane, Japan
1986-1987: Deputy Director, International Operations Division, National Tax Agency, Tokyo, Japan
1987-1989: Deputy Director, Office of the Vice Minister of Finance for International Finance, Minister’s Secretariat, MOF, Tokyo, Japan
1989-1990: Deputy Director, Legal Division, Budget Bureau, MOF, Tokyo, Japan
1990-1993: Deputy Budget Examiner, Budget Bureau, MOF, Tokyo, Japan
1993-1994: Deputy Director, International Organizations Division, International Finance Bureau, MOF, Tokyo, Japan
1994-1995: Deputy Director, Development Policy Division, International Finance Bureau, MOF, Tokyo, Japan
1995-1997: Deputy Director, Co-ordination Division, Minister’s Secretariat, MOF, Tokyo, Japan
1997-1999: Financial and Personnel Director, Yamagata Prefecture, Yamagata, Japan
1999-2000: Director for Financial System Stabilization, Financial Planning Bureau, MOF, Tokyo, Japan
2000-2001: Director, Mutual Assistance Insurance Division, Budget Bureau, MOF, Tokyo, Japan
2001: Director, Legal Division, Budget Bureau, MOF, Tokyo, Japan
2001-2003: Executive Assistant to Chief Cabinet Secretary, Tokyo, Japan
2003-2005: Budget Examiner, Budget Bureau, MOF, Tokyo, Japan
2005-2006: Director for Administrative Reform, Minister’s Secretariat, MOF, Tokyo, Japan
2006-2007: Director, Policy Planning and Research Division, Minister’s Secretariat, MOF, Tokyo, Japan
2007: Director, Co-ordination Division, Minister’s Secretariat, MOF, Tokyo, Japan
2007-2008: Executive Assistant to Prime Minister, Tokyo, Japan
2008-2009: Deputy Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, MOF, Tokyo, Japan
2009-2010: Deputy Director-General, International Bureau, MOF, Tokyo, Japan
July 2010: Executive Director, The World Bank and Affiliates, Washington DC, USA

Nobuhiko Hibara

Nobuhiko Hibara is Associate Professor of Finance, School of Business Administration, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. Previously, he was Associate Professor of Finance, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan, Canada and worked with the World Bank and Bank of Tokyo. His areas of interest are in financial intermediation, banking, venture capital, and corporate finance. Research topics include moral hazard and credit crunch in bank lending markets, effects of venture capital involvement in the IPO process, and the creation of venture capital industry. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Columbia University and his B.A. at the University of Tokyo. He was named Inamori Fellow, Inamori Foundation (2008-2009) and awarded Sumitomo Corporation of America Doctoral Fellowship (1998-2002) and President’s Fellow, Columbia University (1997-1998). He is an operating adviser to USJI.

Linda von Hoene

Linda von Hoene is the Director of the Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Teaching and Resource Center at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, and Co-Director, with Sabrina Soracco, of Berkeley’s Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty. She holds a Ph.D. in German studies from UC Berkeley, an M.A. in German from the Ohio State University, and a B.A. in Economics and German from the State University of New York at Binghamton. At Berkeley she teaches courses for graduate students on teaching and learning in higher education, designing courses to enhance student motivation, and mentoring in higher education. She has published articles and book chapters on the professional development of graduate students and future faculty and on feminist, psychoanalytic, and postcolonial perspectives on the teaching and learning of foreign languages. She is currently co-authoring a book with Martin V. Covington and Nic Voge on course design and student motivation that will be published by Cambridge University Press. She is a former chair of the Graduate Student Professional Development Committee of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD). For the past several years she has worked with a number of Japanese universities that have established programs for preparing future faculty.

Kohei Homma

1997-2001 Keio University School of Applied Physics and Physico-informatics, Japan
2001-2007 Keio University Graduated School of Science, Japan
2007-2008 Research associate in RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Kobe, JAPAN (Mentor: Takahashi M., MD, PhD)
2008-2011 Research Scientist in RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Kobe, JAPAN (Mentor: Takahashi M., MD, PhD)
2011-present Visiting Fellow, Neurobiology Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory (N-NRL), National Eye Institute (NEI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD (Mentor: Swaroop A., PhD)
Society for Neuroscience (2001-present)
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (2008-present)
Japan Neuroscience Society (2001-present)
Biophysical society of Japan (2001-present)

Chika Hyodo

Chika Hyodo is currently working as an assistant professor at Hirayama Ikuo Volunteer Center, Waseda University (WAVOC); mainly organizing student volunteer works in Asia and Japan. Since the great earthquake in Tohoku Japan in 2011, she has heavily been involved in the project which supports the victims in Fukushima. Her major in academia is gender and health, and her interests are the issues of minority and stigma in the society. Ms. Hyodo has conducted various research projects and NGO movements in this field for more than fifteen years.
Prior to her work in Waseda University, she was a visiting scholar at Michigan University in the USA and worked in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Thailand as an international fellow. She was a member of the evaluation team for various NGO projects.

Masakazu Iino

Professor Iino graduated from the Department of Political Science at the School of Political Science and Economics in Waseda University, and worked for the Bank of Japan. He completed the master’s and doctoral courses at the University of Pennsylvania and received his Ph.D. He taught at California State University at Los Angeles, Obirin University as an associate professor, as well as at the School of Political Science and Economics in Waseda University as a professor before assuming his current position. He is also a director for the Japanese Association for Language Policies. He specializes in sociolinguistics.

Toru Iiyoshi

Professor, Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education, Kyoto University
Dr. Iiyoshi works with various national and international initiatives and organizations in an advisory role to provide vision and leadership in the development and diffusion of innovative use of technology in education. Formerly, he was a senior scholar and Director of the Knowledge Media Laboratory at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (1999-2008), and Senior Strategist in the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009-2011). He is a co-editor of the Carnegie Foundation’s book, Opening Up Education (2008, MIT Press) and has held visiting professor appointments at the Center for Graduate Education Initiative of Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. He also served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Technology and Education.

Hisayoshi Ina

Mr. Hisayoshi Ina is a foreign policy columnist at the Nihon Keizai Shimbun of Nikkei Newspapers, Inc. in Tokyo. He experienced editorial writer and the vice chair of the editorial board of the Nikkei.
Mr. Ina’s journalistic career includes four years in Nikkei's Washington D.C. bureau as chief political correspondent. He was also a fellow at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Foreign Policy Institute and currently lectures at Doshisha University, Aoyama Gakuin University and University of the Sacred Heart Tokyo.
In 1998, Mr. Ina was awarded the Vaughn-Uyeda Memorial Prize (Japanese version of The Pulitzer Prize) for his outstanding news gathering and analysis in international affairs. He is the author of a biography of Ambassador Fumihiko Togo entitled, Sengo nichibei kosho wo ninatta otoko (A diplomat who is the most responsible in management of US-Japan alliance after the Second World War ) and co-author of many other books.
Mr. Hisayoshi Ina received his B.A. in political science from Waseda University in Tokyo.

Kazuhide Ishikawa

1980, March Graduated from University of Tokyo, Faculty of Arts and Science
1980, April Entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
1982 Graduated from University of Pennsylvania, Master of Arts in International Relations
1983 Studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Economics
1989-1992 First Secretary, Economic Section, Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC, USA
1996, August Senior Coordinator for Economic Cooperation, Aid Policy Division, Economic Cooperation Bureau, MOFA
1997, February Senior Policy Coordinator for G8 Economic Summit and APEC, Economic Affairs Bureau, MOFA
1998, February Director, Second International Organizations (OECD) Division, Economic Affairs Bureau, MOFA
1999, October Director, Policy Planning Division, Foreign Policy Bureau, MOFA
2000, September Minister, Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Thailand
2002, September Minister, Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC, USA
2004, August Director, Policy Coordination Division, Foreign Policy Bureau, MOFA
2006, August Counsellor, Cabinet Secretariat
2008, April Deputy Director-General, Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, MOFA
2009, July Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in Detroit
2010, August Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC, USA

Mikio Ishiwatari

Dr. Mikio Ishiwatari is Senior Advisor in disaster management and water resources management of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He provides advice and guidance on JICA’s policies and operations, and conducts project formulation, administration, and review, in climate change adaptation, disaster management, and water resources management. He worked at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, Japan for nearly 20 years as Director for Hamada River and Road Office, Senior Deputy Director for River Technology and Information, and a specialist in water resources and disaster management. Also, he was seconded to the Asian Development Bank as an urban development specialist, researcher at Disaster Preparedness Centre, Cranfield University, Japanese Embassy in Nepal, and Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (currently JICA). He joined JICA six years ago. He received a PhD in International Studies from the Tokyo University in 2010, and his M.S. in Urban Engineering from the Tokyo University in 1988.

Yasumasa Ito

BS, MS, PhD in Engineering, Kyoto University. 2002-2008 Assistant professor, Dept. Mechanical Engineering and Science, Kyoto University. 2008-2012 Research Associate, The CUNY Energy Institute, Dept. Chemical Engineering, City College of New York. 2012- Research lecturer, Dept. Mechanical Science and Engineering, Green Mobility Collaborative Research Center, Nagoya University. Research interests: transport phenomena, battery engineering.

Shoichi Itoh

Shoichi Itoh is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Institute of Security and Development Policy (ISDP) in Stockholm. He held visiting fellowships at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2010, the Brookings Institution in 2009 and the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2006. Previously, he worked at the general consulate of Japan in Khabarovsk as political and economic attaché in 2000-2003. Mr. Itoh has participated widely in domestic and international projects on energy security and U.S.-Japan relations and also a frequent speaker on energy security around the world. He has numerous publications on international relations among Japan, China, Russia, and the United States, as well as energy security.

Sadaharu Kataoka

Born in Tokyo in 1966, Dr. Sadaharu KATAOKA is currently President of Waseda Institute of International Strategy and Professor of School of International Liberal Studies in Waseda University and in which he joined April 2004. He is actually teaching African Politics and European Affairs in this school.
Before appointing at this University, he was served as a Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA)(2000-2004), which he joined in the end of March 2000. He was in charge of Study Groups on the conflict issues and the governance in Africa, the security issues in Europe and EU enlargement process at the Institute.
He graduated from the school of the Political Sciences and Economics of Waseda University and completed the doctoral course (Political Sciences) of University of Paris I and Paris II. He holds a PhD (Doctorate on Political Sciences) in Political Science from the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne).
He participated in numerous international symposia on Africa and Europe as a panelist or discussant. In 2002, he attended to WSSD held in Johannesburg and organized symposium in Johannesburg within the WSSD. He was also invited to participate to the Second Civil Society Conference held in Addis Ababa as a panelist by the African Union. Recently, he was invited to participate to 6th FICA organized by French Ministry of Defense.
Before joining JIIA, he was in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) and served as a Special Assistant within the political section of the Embassy of Japan in France(1996-2000). He was in charge of Peace Process in Middle East and African issues.

Hironori Kawauchi

Hironori Kawauchi is the Senior Economist at the World Bank, since August 2010. Prior to assuming his office, Mr.Kawauchi was in charge of fiscal, financial, and macro-economic affairs as the Director and Deputy Director in various positions at the Ministry of Finance of Japan. He has held a number of other assignments in the Japanese Government and the World Bank as follows: He served as the DIrector at Cabinet Office of Japan from 2007 to 2009 and was in charge of economic and fiscal policy management. He was the Deputy Director of the Japan-US Security Treaty Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1997 to 1999. He was also the Senior Advisor to the Japanese Executive Director at the World Bank from 2003 to 2006. Mr. Kawauchi obtained Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and Bachelor of Law from the University of Tokyo.

Marc E. Knapper

Marc Knapper is currently serving as the Director of the Department of State’s Office of Japanese Affairs. Prior to this assignment, he was Political Counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. He has also served as Deputy Chief of the Political Section in the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and Political Counselor in Hanoi. Previously, he had assignments in the Office for Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in the Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul (twice), and in Tokyo as the aide to Ambassador Walter Mondale. Marc has twice traveled to the DPRK on Department business: once in 1997 as the State Department's representative to the Spent Fuel Team in Yongbyon, and again in 2000 as part of the advance team for then-Secretary Albright's visit to Pyongyang.
Marc graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a BA in Politics and a minor in East Asian Studies. After graduation, he studied for two years at the University of Tokyo as a visiting graduate research student in international relations on a Monbusho scholarship and worked in the Liberal Democratic Party’s International Bureau. He is also a graduate of the Army War College. Marc speaks Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese.

Jiro Kokuryo

Professor Jiro Kokuryo became Keio University's Vice-President for International Collaboration and Education in July 2013. He is concurrently a Professor at the Faculty of Policy Management, where he served as Dean from 2009 to 2013. Professor Kokuryo's research and teaching interests are focused on developing business and social models that maximize the benefits of information technologies to society.
He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1982. Whilst an employee of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation between 1982 and 1993, he obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 1988 and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in 1992, both from Harvard Business School.

Richard M. Krause

Contractor, Kelly Services, Inc.
Senior Investigator (retired), NIAID, DIR, OD
1947 B.A. Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio
1952 M.D. Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
[Academic Career]
1950–1951 Fellow, Department of Preventive Medicine, Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, assigned to the Streptococcal Disease Laboratory, Warren Air Force Base, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
1952–1954 Intern and Asst. Resident, Internal Medicine, Ward Medical Service, Barnes Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.
1954–1975 successively Asst. Prof., Assoc. Prof., and Professor, Rockefeller University; and Associate Physician, and Senior Physician to the Hospital, New York, NY.
1975–1984 Director, NIAID, NIH, Bethesda, MD.
1989–Present Senior Scientific Advisor, Fogarty International Center, NIH, Bethesda, MD.
1984–1988 Dean, Emory University School of Medicine and Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.
2000–2007 Senior Investigator, NIAID, NIH, Bethesda, MD.
2004–2005 Acting Executive Director of the Regional Emerging Diseases Intervention (REDI) Center in Singapore, jointly supported by Office of the Secretary, DHHS, USA; and Ministry of Health, Singapore.
2007–2009 Investigator Emeritus, NIAID, DIR, OD, NIH, Bethesda, MD.
2009–Present Investigator Emeritus (retired), Contractor, Kelly Services Inc., NIAID, DIR, OD, NIH, Bethesda, MD.

Fumiaki Kubo

Fumiaki Kubo is the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of American Government and History at the Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, the University of Tokyo since 2003. He is also a Visiting Professor at Keio University where he has taught since 1988, as well as a Visiting Scholar at the Japan Institute for International Affairs. In addition, he is a Senior Research Fellow at the Tokyo Foundation. He was born in Tokyo in 1956. He studied at Cornell University in 1984-1986 as a Nitobe Fellow, at the Johns Hopkins University in 1991-93 on an ACLS and Abe Fellowship, and at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland in 1998-99 as a Fulbright Scholar. Kubo attended the Faculty of Law, the University of Tokyo, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 1989.

T.R. Lakshmanan

T.R. Lakshmanan came to the US from India to work on his Ph.D. After his doctorate degree and a few years as a research consultant, he went on to teach first at The Johns Hopkins University and later at Boston University. He is the author of over a dozen books, and more than 140 articles in refereed Journals and book chapters, reflecting his interests in Modeling and Policy Analyses in Energy and Environment, Economic development, and Urban and Transportation issues. In 1993, he was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the US Senate as the Founding Director of The U. S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U. S. Department of Transportation, and served for over 4 years. He has been elected as a Life Fellow at Clare Hall College, Cambridge University, a Fellow of The International Regional Science Association, and at The Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. He was awarded the Anderson Medal by The Association of American Geographers, and an Honorary Doctorate Degree by The Ohio State University.

Susan Lieberman

Dr. Susan Lieberman has worked in international biodiversity conservation, at the intersection between science and policy, for more than 25 years. She held the post of Senior Director, International Environmental Policy with the Pew Charitable Trusts from August 2009 to July 2013. She led an integrated program across treaties, regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) and other intergovernmental organizations, including the UN, to provide science-based research, policy analysis and expertise to promote the sustainability of marine species and ecosystems, accountability and transparency, and various policy objectives. She led Pew delegations to several intergovernmental meetings, including RFMOs, the Convention on Biological Diversity, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), International Whaling Commission (IWC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

Jeb Linton

Jeb Linton is a Senior Technical Staff Member on the IBM Corporate Technology Strategy team, focusing on Cloud Computing Architecture, Security, and Analytics. Mr. Linton leads the IBM Trusted Cloud initiative and is a member of the IBM Watson Architecture Board. He has worked for IBM since 2008 as an architect on several Cloud Computing and Storage projects.
Prior to his work at IBM, Mr. Linton worked in the Intelligence, Defense, and Service Provider Industries at Lockheed Martin, EarthLink, and as an independent consultant. His major areas of work included high security, high availability systems and network architecture, Internet peering strategy, smart grid architecture, and wireless networking. He holds a BSEE from Virginia Tech.

Norio Maki

Associate Professor of Research Centre for Disaster Reduction Systems, DPRI, Kyoto University from 2005. His current research interests are disaster reduction planning, emergency management system, a long term recovery process from 1995 Kobe earthquake, 2004 Niigata Earthquake, and 2011 Tohoku earthquake, and crisis management. He also makes field survey about disaster response and recovery in Asian countries such as 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. He received his B.E. in architecture in 1991 from the Kyoto University and his M.E. in architecture in 1994 from the Kyoto University. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering in 1997 from the Kyoto University.

Michael Martin

Dr. Michael F. Martin is a Specialist in Asian Affairs for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. From 1994 to 1998, he was the assistant chief economist for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). Prior to his time with HKTDC, Dr. Martin taught at Hong Kong Baptist University, Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan), Colby College and Tufts University. After leaving Hong Kong in 1998, Mike worked for six years for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) in Washington, DC. Dr. Martin holds a B.A. in economics from the Michigan State University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dr. Martin lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with his spouse, Meipo Fun Martin, who was born and raised in Hong Kong. They both practice aikido, a Japanese martial art.

Yasuhiro Matsuda

Yasuhiro MATSUDA (1965- ) is a professor of international politics at the University of Tokyo’s Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (formerly the “Institute of Oriental Culture”). He received his Ph.D. in law from the Graduate School of Law at Keio University in Tokyo. He spent sixteen years in the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) and the Japan Defense Agency (later, Ministry of Defense), as an assistant or a senior research fellow. He moved to the Institute of Oriental Culture of the University of Tokyo in 2008. His specialties include 1) political and diplomatic history of Asia, 2) politics, foreign relations and security in the PRC and Taiwan, 3) Cross-Strait relations, and 4) Japan’s foreign and security policies. He became a member of the Council on Security and Defense Capability in the New Era, the advisory group of the Prime Minister in 2010. He is the winner of the seventh Yasuhiro Nakasone Award of Excellence in 2011. He has published numerous books and articles in Japanese and English. His most recent publication in English is “Taiwan’s Partisan Politics and Its Impact on U.S.-Taiwanese Relations,” The Journal of Social Science, Vol. 63, Nos. 3&4, December 2011.

Hiroshi Matsumoto

Research Field: Space Radio Science, Space Plasma Physics, Space Solar Power Transmission
Hiroshi Matsumoto was appointed president of Kyoto University in 2008, prior to which he served as the university’s executive vice-president for research and finance. He completed his Ph.D. in engineering at Kyoto University in 1973, following the acquisition of his bachelor’s degree in 1965 and master’s degree in 1967.
Following the completion of his Ph.D., Matsumoto was employed as an associate professor in Kyoto University’s Faculty of Engineering before being appointed as a professor (1987–2000) and director (1992–1998) of the university’s Radio Atmospheric Science Center. He then went on to serve as a professor (2000–2002) and director (2002–2004) of the university’s Radio Science Center for Space and Atmosphere. In 2005 he was appointed executive vice-president for research, finance and information infrastructure, and in 2006 executive vice-president for research and finance, a position which he held until his current appointment as president.
Matsumoto’s main fields of expertise are:
1. Computer experiments of nonlinear plasma dynamics in space
2. Theoretical studies of space plasma waves
3. Satellite observations and rocket experiments of space plasma waves
4. Microwave power transmission (MPT) technology for solar power satellites (SPS)
5. Computer simulation of microwave devices
6. Laboratory experiments of plasma waves in space simulation chambers
He has published 297 scientific papers in English in international journals and 133 scientific papers in Japanese, and has authored and contributed to several books in the fields of space plasma waves, computer simulations, satellite observations, laboratory plasma experiments and microwave energy transmission for solar power satellite and terrestrial applications among other subjects. Matsumoto has received several awards and distinctions including the NASA Group Achievement Award (1998), the Russian Federation of Cosmonautics Gagarin Medal (2006), the URSI Gold Booker Medal (2008) and the Hasegawa Nagata Award, SGEPSS (2008).

Kunihiko Miyake

Kunihiko MIYAKE is President of the Foreign Policy Institute, a private think-tank in Tokyo, Reseach Director for foreign and National Security Affairs at Canon Institute for Global Studies and a Visiting Professor at Ritsumeikan University. In 2006-7, he was Executive Assistant to Mrs. Akie Abe in the Office of the Prime Minister of Japan. Professor Miyake passed the Foreign Service Officer's (senior class) Exam in 1977 and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in 1978. From 1978-2005, he served in many capacities at MOFA. Most recently, his positions have included: Deputy Director-General of the Middle East Bureau, MOFA; Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Iraq and Japan's Representative to the CPA; Charge d'Affaires at the Embassy of Japan in Iraq, Minister at the Embassy of Japan in China; and Directors of Japan-US. Security Treaty Division, First Middle East Division and Second Middle East Division in MOFA. He graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Tokyo. He is married with two children.

Michael Mooney

Michael Mooney is President Emeritus of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and serves currently as University Professor and Special Advisor to the President at Waseda University in Tokyo. He took his Ph.D. at Columbia University, where for many years he taught and served as Deputy Provost. A scholar of early modern thought, he has written on philosophy and rhetoric, theories of religion, and the history of liberal education. His book Vico in the Tradition of Rhetoric (Princeton, 1985) was awarded the Louis Gottschalk Prize by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. An earlier work, Small Comforts for Hard Times: Humanists on Public Policy (Columbia, 1977), was drawn from a series of conferences he organized for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is vice president of the Journal of Philosophy and past-president of the World Affairs Council of Oregon. During his years in New York he helped found the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, and for this work was named a Cavaliere Ufficiale in Italy's Order of Merit. He is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a winner of the Rome Prize in post-classical studies.

Takeo Mori

[Professional Record]
1983.4 Entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA)
1984.9 Free University of Berlin
1986.7 Embassy of Japan, Bonn
1988.7~ Served in East Europe Division, Treaty Division, and North-East Asia Division, MOFA
1996.12 First Secretary, Embassy of Japan, Singapore
1999.8 Counselor, Embassy of Japan, Berlin
2002.7 Director, International Agreement Division, Treaty Bureau, MOFA
2004.8 Director, Treaty Division, International Law Bureau, MOFA
2004.9 Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs
2005.10 Director, First North America Division, North American Affairs Bureau, MOFA
2007.8 Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs
2007.9 Director, National Security Policy Division, Foreign Policy Bureau, MOFA
2008.7 Director, Policy Coordination Division, Foreign Policy Bureau, MOFA
2010.8 Minister, Embassy of Japan, USA (on sabbatical as Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution)
2010.12 Minister for Economic Affairs, Embassy of Japan, USA

Edson Mori

Edson Mori is a Sr. Investment Officer at the Inter American Development Bank‘s Structured Corporate Finance Department. Prior to IDB, he attended the doctoral program at Keio University in Japan. He received a MBA from the University of California Los Angles (UCLA), a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Sao Paulo and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Brazil. He has been active in the area of development finance for over 14 years and his international experience in origination, evaluation, structuring and negotiation of IDB’s investments projects in the industries and financial services sectors includes Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay.

Mishkat Al Moumin

Dr. Al Moumin was the first Minister of the Environment in the Interim Iraqi government of 2004-2005, where she set up the entire structure for this new ministry. Dr. Al Moumin is the founder and CEO of Women and the Environment Organization (WATEO), an Iraqi based NGO that works among rural women of Iraq. WATEO empowers women in their environment to provide for their own security through the management of environmental resources. For more information about WATEO, please visit http://www.wateo.org/.

Koji Murata

Koji Murata is currently Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Law, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. Dean Murata received B.A. in Political Science from Doshisha University, and both M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Kobe University, Kobe, Japan. Dr. Murata also studied at the George Washington University as a Fulbright student from 1991 to 1995. Prior to joining the faculty of Doshisha, Dr. Murata was Assistant and Associate Professor of American Studies, Scholl of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University. Professor Murata's specialties include American foreign policy, history of US-Japan alliance, and international security affairs in East Asia. Professor Murata published many books, chapters, and articles both in Japanese and English. Most recently, he published the first biography of Ronald Reagan in Japanese. Professor Murata is a frequent commentator on Japanese TVs and newspapers.

Hiroshi Nakanishi

Hiroshi Nakanishi received MA from Kyoto University in political science and studied in the doctor course of the History Department at the University of Chicago. In 1991 he became associate professor in Kyoto University and professor in 2002. His major interests are historical development of theories on international order and system, international history of the 20th century and historical development and current practices of Japanese foreign and security policy. His major publications include: Kokusaiseiji-toha Nanika (Chuokoronshinsha, 2003, Yomiuri-Yoshino Sakuzo prize winner), Rekishi-no Shikkoku-wo Koete- Nicchukankeishi-no Shin Shiten (2010, co-edited with Michihiko Kobayashi) and Kokusaiseijigaku (Yuhikaku, 2013, co-authored with Atushi Ishida and Masayuki Tadokoro).

Sachio Nakato

Sachio Nakato is a Professor in College of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. His research interests include international political economy in general, U.S.-Japan-Korea relations and international relations in Northeast Asia. His current research interest is on a comparative study of Japanese and Korean response to U.S. pressure in the beef industry. Professor Nakato is a graduate of Ritsumeikan University, American University, and State University of New York at Oneonta. He also graduated from Korean Language Institute at Yonsei University. His recent publications include “Lessons from U.S.-South Korean Free Trade Agreement for Japan’s FTA Strategy: Future Prospect for U.S.-Japan Free Trade Initiatives,” Beikan FTA to Kankoku Keizai no Kiki (U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement and Crisis of Korean Economy)(2009), Koyoshobo, pp. 201-220.(Japanese) and others. Professor Nakato has been a visiting fellow as the Center for Asian Studies, American University, and Graduate School of International Service, Sookmyung Women’s University. Before joining Ritsumeikan, he taught at the Faculty of International Studies at Utsunomiya University.

Yasutoshi Nishimura

[Present Positions]
Liberal Democratic Party
Shadow Minister of Finance,Liberal Democratic Party
Deputy Chief Secretary, Japan-African Union Parliamentary Friendship League
Chief Secretary of “New Generation (Shinseiki)”, a group of junior LDP Diet members
Member of Diet League for Revitalizing the Contents Industry
Member of Diet League for National Child Care
[Field of Specialty/Interest]
Economic and budgetary policy, including issues of administrative and tax-system reform
Technology development policy, including new environmentally-friendly energy sources
Strategic foreign policy including ODA, FTA & EPA and energy policy
[Educational Background]
Born on 15th October 1962 (49 years of age)
Graduated from Faculty of Law, Tokyo University, 1985
Graduated from Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, U.S.A, 1992
Professor upon Special Invitation, Taisho University, from 2002
Part-time Lecturer, Osaka University of Economics, from 2003
Visiting-Professor, Kanazawa Industrial University, from 2004
Visiting-Professor, Chuo University, Graduate School of Public Policy, from 2007
[Working Experience]
Joined Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), 1985
Attended Summit on Global Environment, Brazil, 1992
Chief of the Ishikawa Prefecture Commerce and Industry Division, 1995
Director, Environmental Protection and Industrial Location Bureau, MITI, 1999
Elected Member of the House of Representatives in 43rd General Election, 2003, in 44th General Election, 2005, and in 45 th General Election, 2009
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Aug 2008 – Sep 2009
Shadow Minister of Economy,Trade and Industry,LDP ,Oct 2010 - Sep 2011

Ohtsura Niwa

Emeritus Professor, Kyoto University, Japan
1963-1967 Undergraduate Student in the Faculty of Science, Kyoto University, B.Sc.
1967-1971 Graduate Student in the Department of Zoology
1971-1975 Graduate student, Biophysics Program, Stanford University, Ph.D. (Thesis advisor; Drs. Henry S. Kaplan, Philip C. Hanawalt)
[Academic Career]
1975–1984 Research Assistant, Department of Radiation Medicine, Kyoto University Medical School
1984–1991 Assistant Professor at the Research Institute of Radiation Medicine and Biology, Hiroshima University
1991–1999 Professor at the Research Institute of Radiation Medicine and Biology, Hiroshima University
1999–2009 Professor at the Radiation Biology Center, Kyoto University

Masaki Ogata

Mr. Masaki Ogata is Vice Chairman of East Japan Railway Company (JR East).
[Professional Career]
1974 Entered Japan National Railways
1987 Manager, Administration Div., Transport & Rolling Stock Dept. East Japan Railway Company
1990 Manager, Passenger Service Div., Marketing Dept.
1991 Manager, Investment Planning Dept.
1994 Deputy General Manager, Transport & Rolling Stock Div., Tokyo District Branch Office
1996 Manager, Labor Div., Personnel Dept.
1997 Manager, Planning Div., Transport & Rolling Stock Dept.
1998 General Manager, Transport Safety Dept.
2000 General Manager, Public Relations Dept.
2002 Board Member, Director of Transport & Rolling Stock Dept.
2004 Board Member, Executive Director, Vice Director-General of Railway Operating Headquarters
2008 Executive Vice President, Railway Operations Headquarters, IT & Suica Business Development Headquarters
2010 Executive Vice President, IT, Service Quality and Overseas Related Affairs
2011 Vice Chairman (Director), IT, Service Quality and Overseas Cooperation

Takashi Ohde

Mr. Takashi Ohde assumed his current position in October 2003. As Hitachi’s head in Washington, DC and Los Angeles, he is responsible for representing Hitachi in government and community relations. Before taking his current position, he handled Hitachi’s global alliance businesses from Tokyo as General Manager of the Global Business Planning Division. Since entering Hitachi in 1975, he has worked continuously on developing and maintaining Hitachi’s international alliances in businesses ranging from semiconductors to nuclear power, except for the period between 1988 and 1991, which he spent monitoring European Commission developments as Assistant Manager of Hitachi’s Corporate Office in Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Ohde is currently President of the Library of Congress Asian Division Friend Society, and serves as a board member of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles Public Library. He recently served as President of the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, DC and Vice-Chairman of Washington’s Japan-America Society. Mr. Ohde received a Bachelor of Law degree from Gakushuin University in Tokyo in 1975. His additional studies include the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg Business School in 1998, and the General Manager Program at the Harvard Business School in 2002.

Yuzo Ohnishi

1968 Graduate from Department of Civil Engineering, Kyoto University
1973 University of California, Berkeley: Graduate School (Civil Engineering) Ph.D
1990 Dr. of Engineering, Kyoto University
[Professional Career in University]
1973 Research staff, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Univ. of Calif.
1977 Associate Prof. in Civil Engineering, Kyoto University
1989 Visiting Associate Prof. in Civil Engineering at MIT, USA
1994 Professor in Civil Engineering, Kyoto University
2000 Visiting Prof. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
2002-2004 Vice-Dean, College of Engineering, Kyoto University
2003 Professor at Urban and Environmental Engineering, Kyoto University
2005 Director of Kyoto University Library and Library system
2008 Executive Vice President, Kyoto University
[Professional Career for ISRM]
+ Board member of Japanese Committee for Rock Mechanics (ISRM Japan)
+ President of Japanese Committee for Rock Mechanics (ISRM Japan)
+ Chairperson of the 3rd Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium in Kyoto (3rd ARMS)
+ Chairperson of Rock Mechanics Committee in Japan Society for Civil Engineering (JSGE)
+ Chairperson of the 8th International Congress on Rock Mechanics in Tokyo
・・・・also, Chairmen and Presidents of many committees and Industry-University- Government Association Groups
[Research Topics]
(1) Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
(2) Underground Space Utilization and Rock Engineering
(3) Groundwater Engineering, Analysis and Management
Numerous academic papers and books Dr Yuzo Onishi has been nominated by the ISRM NG Japan.

Hiroshi Ohta

Professor at the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS), Waseda University, received a Ph.D. in international relations from the Department of Political Science of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Columbia University. Some recent works include: ”The Arctic and Japan: Energy Security and Climate Change” in Hooman Peimani, ed., Energy Security and Geopolitics in the Arctic: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century (New Jersey: World Scientific, 2012: 193-223) “Japanese Climate Change Policy: Moving beyond the Kyoto Process” in Hans G. Brauch et al., Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security: Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks (Berlin: Springer, 2010: 1381-1391) and “A Small Leap forward: Regional Cooperation for Tackling the Problems of the Environment and Natural Resources in Northeast Asia,” in Timmermann, Martina and Tsuchiyama, Jituso (Eds.), Institutionalizing Northeast Asia: Regional Steps towards Global Governance (New York: United Nations University, 2008: 297-315).

Yuki Ooi

Yuki Ooi is Associate Professor in Sociology, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Nanzan University. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at Hitotsubashi University, and has mainly pursued Immigration studies, Asian-American Studies and Globalization studies. Her major publications include "China' on Display at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893: Faces of Modernization in the Contact Zone," Martins & F. Assandri (Eds.)From Early Tang Court Debates to China's Rise (Amsterdam University Press, 2009); "Becoming Transnational through Assimilation: Emergence of National/ Ethnic Identity," International Journal of Japanese Sociology, vol. 17, 2008.

Yoshimitsu Okada

President, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), Tsukuba, Japan
1963-1967 Geophysics Course, Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, Obtained B.Sc.
1967-1969 Graduate School (Geophysics), University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, Obtained M.Sc. (Thesis advisor; Prof. Toshi Asada)
1980 Obtained Ph.D., University of Tokyo (Thesis advisor; Prof. Ryosuke Sato) [Dr. Thesis: Theoretical strain seismogram and its applications]
[Academic Career]
1970-1980 Assistant, Fujigawa Geophysical Observatory, Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo
1980-1985 Chief, Crustal Dynamics Laboratory, 2nd Research Division, National Research Center for Disaster Prevention (NRCDP)
1985-1987 Chief, Earthquake Precursor Laboratory, 2nd Research Division, NRCDP
1987-1988 Chief, Seismic Activity Laboratory, 2nd Research Division, NRCDP
1988-1990 Principal Researcher, 2nd Research Division, NRCDP
1990-1993 Director, Earthquake and Volcanic Eruption Prediction Research, Solid Earth Science Division, NIED
1993-1996 Director, Research Center for Earthquake Prediction, NIED
1996-2001 Director, Earthquake Research Center, NIED
2001-2006 Director, Strategic Planning Department, NIED
2006- President, NIED

Ayako Okubo

Ayako Okubo is a Lecturer at the Department of Maritime Civilizations, School of Marine Science and Technology, Tokai University. She has conducted research on decision making process, science-policy interface and effectiveness of international regimes for management of marine living resources including tuna -RFMOs and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). She has also published on Japan’s whaling diplomacy and multilateral negotiation at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) with close observation of negotiation at annual meetings of the IWC since 2002. She has working experience as research fellow at the Embassy of Japan in Stockholm (1999-2001), the Ocean Policy Research Foundation in Tokyo (2004-2007) and Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo (2007-2011). She received her B.A. in International Relations from Tsukuba University and M.A. in Economics from Hitotsubashi University.

Hiromi Ono

Hiromi Ono is a visiting scholar at UCLA’s California Center for Population Research and a program officer of Postsecondary Education and Improving Education Systems at the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Before joining the U.S. Department of Education, she was an associate professor of sociology at Washington State University, and a research assistant professor at the Institute of Social Research, University of Michigan. In order to conduct US-Japan comparative research on divorce, she visited the Institute of Social Science Research at the University of Tokyo on the Abe fellowship and JPSP fellowships.

Jun Osawa

Jun Osawa is a senior research fellow at the Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS) in Tokyo since 2009. His research interests include Northeast Asian international relations, East-Asian maritime-security and cyber-security, and Japanese foreign policy. Mr. Osawa has been concurrently a member of the Keidanren Study Group on Cyber Warfare and Defense (2012), the Cabinet Office’s Advisory Panel on Communication concerning Territorial Integrity (2013) and a senior lecturere of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Staff College (2008-). He was also a policy planning advisor and an intelligence analyst for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2007-2009 and 2004-2006 respectively. Mr. Osawa received his Masters (1996) and Bachelors (1994) degrees in Political Science at Keio University, Tokyo.

Thierry Porte

Thierry Porté is a Managing Director of J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC, a private equity firm focused exclusively on financial services. In this capacity, he currently serves as Executive Chairman of NPG Wealth Management, a Luxembourg-based insurance group, Chairman of Equita, a Milan-based investment bank, Director of Compagnie Européenne de Prévoyance (CEP), a Nantes-based insurance brokerage firm, and a Board observer of Sicom, a Mumbai-based non-bank financial services company. Mr. Porté worked previously at Shinsei Bank, Ltd.,Tokyo, where he served as Vice Chairman (2003-2005) and President and CEO (2005-2008). From 1982 to 2003, he served in various capacities at Morgan Stanley in New York, London and Tokyo, including as President and Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley Japan (1995-2003).
Mr. Porté holds an A.B., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA with high honors from Harvard Business School. He has held leadership roles in a number of Harvard related activities, including serving as President of the Harvard Club of Japan (1995-2008) and currently as a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors of Harvard Business School. He is Chairman of the Japan-US Friendship Commission and the US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange, appointments designated by the President of the United States.
January 2012

Maji Rhee

Maji Rhee is Professor of Korean Studies at School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University. Prof. Rhee is currently serving as Director of The U.S.-Asia Institute at Waseda University, and a member of American Academy of Financial Management and Japan-Korea Project Group. Rhee’s publications include three books and some thirty academic articles on Language, Law, and Taxation.

Isao Sakaguchi

1994 College of International Studies, Tsukuba University, BA (International Relations)
1996 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, MA (International Relations)
2004 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, Ph.D
1996 Research fellow (DC) of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
2000 Research fellow for the Yale Center for International and Area Studies
2001 Research fellow (PD) of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
2004 Part-time lecturer, faculty of law, Kanazawa University
2005 Associate Professor, faculty of law, Gakushuin University
2006 Professor, faculty of law, Gakushuin University (in service)
2006 Part-time lecturer, graduate school of international cooperation, Toyo Eiwa University (in service)
2007 Part-time lecturer, faculty of law, Nihon University (in service)
2007 Part-time lecturer, graduate school of international politics, economics, and communication (in service)
2013 Part-time lecturer, college of arts and science, University of Tokyo (in service)

Hironori Sasada

Hironori Sasada is an associate professor at the Inter-faculty Institute for International Studies, Ritsumeikan University.
He received his Ph.D. in political science from University of Washington in 2008, his M.A. in international relations from University of California at San Diego in 1999, and his B.A. in political Science from University of California at Berkeley in 1997.
His research interests include political economy, party politics, and foreign policy of Japan and East Asia. His recent articles appeared in Leviathan, Journal of East Asian Studies, Japanese Journal of Political Science, and the SAIS Review.

Akiko Shigemoto

Akiko Shigemoto is a Ph.D. candidate in Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School in New Jersey. She has been a Fulbright scholar since 2009. Her research interests are corporate social responsibility, business ethics and corporate governance with a focus on multinational corporations. Prior to joining Rutgers, she was an investigator with the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission (SESC) of the Financial Services Agency (FSA) of Japan. She also built up a broad experience at Salomon Smith Barney, Moody's, and Microsoft within her research interests. She earned her M.A. in Economics and B.A. in Business Administration from Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan.

Etsuro Shioji

Professor, Department of Economics, Hitotsubashi University (Visiting Scholar, Program for Economic Research and Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia University)
1983-1987 Undergraduate student, Department of Economics, University of Tokyo (B.A.)
1987-1990 Graduate student, Department of Economics, University of Tokyo
1990-1995 Graduate student, Department of Economics, Yale University
(Ph.D.; Thesis adviser Dr. Xavier Sala-i-Martin)
[Academic Career]
1994-1997 Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
1997-2006 Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Yokohama National University
2006-2007 Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Hitotsubashi University
2007-Current position

Katsuhiko Shirai

Katsuhiko Shirai obtained Dr. of Engineering at Waseda University, not only academic area as a Researcher and Professor in artificial Intelligence, but also in administration, he has played a great role at Waseda University. He has leaded university reforms in information technology, international exchanges, and academic affairs. In November 2002 he was elected as Waseda University’s 15th President and completed 2 terms (8 years) of presidency on last November. As a President of Japan Universities Association for Computer Education, and President of Japan Association of Private Colleges and Universities, his leaderships have been appreciated in Japanese higher education administration. He was awarded the 56th NHK Broadcast Cultural Award, Japan Broadcasting Association on July, 2005 and the Grande Ufficiale OSSI-Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta' Italiana on July, 2007.

Jennifer Sklarew

Jennifer Sklarew, a U.S.-Japan energy policy specialist, is currently pursuing her PhD. at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy. Her doctoral research examines the potential effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis on Japan’s energy policy making system. She previously served for eight years as an international trade specialist in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Japan, where her work included Japanese electricity and gas deregulation, the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, and cross-sectoral transparency issues. As a Mike Mansfield Fellow, she spent one year in Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Office, and Diet member Taro Kono’s office. Prior to entering the government, Ms. Sklarew worked as a Washington, DC-based energy policy consultant to Japanese utility companies, and as a policy analyst for the Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute. Ms. Sklarew received her MA in Japan studies and international economics from Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She has published and presented frequently on U.S.-Japan energy issues.

Sabrina Soracco

Sabrina Soracco is Director of the Academic Services unit in the Graduate Division at the University of California, Berkeley. In this position, she teaches academic writing courses for graduate students and assists graduate students in the development of academic skills necessary for the successful completion of their doctoral programs such as academic writing, grant writing, dissertation writing, editing, and preparing articles for publication. She is also Co-Director, with Linda von Hoene, of Berkeley’s Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty. From 1991 to 2003, she was head of Berkeley’s Grant Proposal Advising and Outreach Program for graduate students. In this capacity she conducted campuswide and discipline-specific workshops and presentations on locating funding sources and on grant writing (both academic and nonacademic) and provided one-on-one consultations for graduate students applying for university and extramural grants and fellowships (e.g., Fulbright, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, National Endowment for the Humanities). Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are from UC Berkeley: she holds a B.A. in Linguistics, an M.A. in Scandinavian Languages and Literatures (with an emphasis on medieval Icelandic literature), and is currently completing her dissertation entitled "Female Identification and Male Melancholia: Shifting Constructions of Gender in Strindberg’s Naturalist and Expressionist Works." ). For the past several years she has worked with a number of Japanese universities that have established programs for preparing future faculty.

Mikiko Sugiura

Mikiko Sugiura is Visiting Scholar of the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University (2011 present). In her former job as Assistant Professor of the Department of Biological and Environment Engineering, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Tokyo (2007-2009), Dr. Sugiura has focused on Water Resources Management, especially on how to manage “water scarcity and conflict” when people have too little water during an abnormal dry period or suffer from too much water during floods. She has also contributed to agricultural public reports as an author, and participated in OECD Expert Meeting of water pricing as an expert. She holds a PhD and Master’s degree (both in International Corporation), BA (in Law) from the University of Tokyo.

Shingo Suzuki

SHINGO SUZUKI is Assistant Professor of Research Center for Disaster Reduction Systems, Disaster Prevention Research Institute of Kyoto University. He received his Bachelor, Master degree and Ph.D. from Kyoto University. His research interests include tsunami resilience and ICT based emergency management.

Atsushi Tago

Atsushi Tago is an Associate Professor of International Politics at the Graduate School of Law, Kobe University, Japan. Received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in February 2007. Specialized in a scientific study of international relations. As the core research project, he has a book in Japanese and several English articles on US use of force and its coalition of the willing. He also has been working on some international collaboration projects on nuclear non-proliferation, mass political killing, alliance institutionalization, comparative study of fighter jets procurement and the financial market reactions to changes of the Japanese defense policy and to the North Korean nuclear policy. He is now at the UC San Diego as a JSPS Post-doctoral Research Fellow (2010-2012). He is an associate editor of the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, the official English journal of the Japanese Association of International Relations.

Tomohiko Taniguchi

Tomohiko TANIGUCHI has been Professor by Special Invitation, International Political Economy, at the Keio University Graduate School of System Design and Management since April 2008. He holds professorships also at the School of Global Japanese Studies, Meiji University, and at the Graduate School of Management, Saitama Gakuen University, while lecturing at the Waseda University Graduate School of Journalism. He is also a Senior Guest Fellow (Defense and Security), Sojitz Research Institute, Ltd. and a member of the management board for Japan Echo Foundation. Between August 2005 and July 2008 he was Deputy Press Secretary/Deputy Director-General for Public Diplomacy at Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and wrote foreign policy speeches for Foreign Minister Taro Aso and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe amongst others. Prior to that, he was with a weekly magazine Nikkei Business for nearly 20 years. During the time he was a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, Visiting Fellow and a CNAPS Fellow at the Shanghai Institute of International Studies and at the Brookings Institution, respectively. He was the magazine’s first European correspondent 1997-2000. Foreign Press Association in London elected him President, for the first time 'from the east of Suez', in 1999. He published seven books and co-authored five others on international affairs and currency regime. His English articles have appeared on such publications as Orbis. He gives interviews on a frequent basis to BBC, Al-Jazeera English, CNBC among others. A graduate of the University of Tokyo Law Faculty, he was an economics PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Economics, Saitama University before joining the foreign ministry.

Stratos Tavoulareas

Mr. Stratos Tavoulareas is an Energy and Environment Consultant with more than 30 years of experience in: Power sector strategy, policy and planning; Power generation technologies; and Financing clean technologies including carbon financing instruments.
He worked for Combustion Engineering as a power plant designer and research engineer; for the Electric Power Research Institute in developing and commercializing clean power technologies; and as an advisor for organizations such as the World Bank, US Department of Energy (DOE), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US AID, and many private clients including JPower of Japan.
He has extensive experience in the US, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Asia and Southern Africa.

Takashi Terada

He received his Ph.D from Australian National University in 1999. Before taking up his current position in April 2012, he was an assistant professor at National University of Singapore (1999-2006) and associate and full professor at Waseda University (2006-2011). He also has served as a visiting professor at University of Warwick, U.K. (2011 and 2012) and a Japan Scholar at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C. (2012). His areas of specialty include international political economy in Asia and the Pacific and theoretical and empirical studies of regionalism. His latest book has been just published by University of Tokyo Press concerning power struggles over regional integration in East Asia and the Pacific with a focus on role of the US, China and Japan. He is the recipient of the 2005 J.G. Crawford Award.

Yutaka Tsujinaka

Yutaka Tsujinaka graduated from the Osaka University School of Law in 1976, and received his doctoral degree in law from Kyoto University. He is currently the Executive Advisor to the President (as of 2013) and Professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. Prior to serving as an Executive Advisor to the President, Dr. Tsujinaka was Vice President for International Affairs and Chair of the Doctoral Program in International and Advanced Japanese Studies. He specializes in political science, comparative civil society research, interest groups, social capital, NGOs etc. He published four volumes with the results of his research on the structure of Japanese civil society and governance. Since 1997, he conducted empirical surveys on civil society organizations in 15 countries (Russia, Turkey, Brazil, Bangladesh, India etc.) and accumulated data from 62,000 associations. In September, 2013, he has been elected as the president (term 2014-2016) of the Japanese Political Science Association. He has been conducting collaborative research with Dr. Peter J. Katzenstein since he was a Fulbright Fellow and American Council of Learned Society Fellow at Cornell University.

Katsuichi Uchida

KATSUICHI UCHIDA is Vice President of Waseda University since 2006.
He holds a B.A. in Law from Waseda's School of Law, and completed postgraduate study in the Graduate School of Law. He became professor of Law in 1984, and he was subsequently named to be the founding Dean of Waseda's School of International Liberal Studies in 2004, an interdisciplinary liberal arts program that has inspired similar undertakings throughout Asia.
His research field is Japanese Civil Law, he has published many articles and books on Japanese Civil Law, and became a member of the Japan Science Council(Nihon Gakujyutsu Kaigi) from 1994 to 1997. Professor Uchida is also an acknowledged expert in international education and serves currently as President of the Asia Pacific Association for International Education.
Within Waseda he served as Director of the Center for International Education, then as Dean of the International Division, whose work he continues to oversee as vice president. He also serves currently as President of the US-Japan Research Institute in Washington, DC, a joint undertaking by eight of Japan's top universities to dispatch policy related academic researches to the U.S..

Maria Uhle

Dr. Maria Uhle currently serves as the Program Director for International Activities in the Directorate for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation, where she develops mechanisms and agreements to foster international research collaboration through the Belmont Forum, the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) and Future Earth. She is the US representative to the Belmont Forum and is the current Chair of the Executive Committee of the IAI. She works with other US federal agencies on international cooperation through the US Global Change Research Program where she is the co-Chair of the International Activities, Interagency Working Group. Prior to her appointment at NSF, she served as an International Affairs Officer in the Office of International and Academic Affairs (OIAA) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where she developed programs to foster research collaboration with NIST’s international partners from countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Prior to working at NIST, she served as a Program Officer for the National Academy of Sciences Polar Research Board and the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. She directed several committees that addressed topics relevant to the Arctic and Antarctic, and focused on reanalysis of historical climate data, and climate projections based on emission scenarios. Before joining the NAS, Dr. Uhle served on the faculty at the University of Tennessee in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Her background includes degrees in environmental science and geology, and her research focused on investigating the fate of organic matter and contaminants in atmospheric, surface water and soil environments from urban areas and the polar deserts of Antarctica.

Arvind Virmani

Arvind Virmani is currently Executive Director at the IMF and Affiliate Professor and Distinguished Senior Fellow, George Mason University (School of Public Policy - CEMP). He has been an advisor to the Indian Government at the highest levels for 25 years, including as Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance and Principle Advisor, Planning Commission. During this period he advised on a host of economic policy reforms, through over a hundred policy papers/notes, member of numerous committees and as Chair of committees on Public Debt management and Customs duty reform.
He has served as Member, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Appellate Tribunal for SEBI Act, Chairman, Board of Trustees of SBI Mutual Fund, and Director on the Boards of several financial institutions [LIC, PNB, Allahabad Bank and UTI (Trustee)].
In between he directed the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) as its Chief Executive. He has published 33 journal articles and 20 book chapters in the areas of Macroeconomics, growth and finance, International trade & Tariffs and International relations. His books include, The Sudoku of India’s Growth (BS Books, 2009), From Uni-polar To Tri polar World: Multi-polar Transition Paradox (Academic Foundation, 2009), Propelling India From Socialist Stagnation To Global Power (2006), Accelerating Growth and Poverty Reduction – A Policy Framework for India’s Development (2004).

Eri Watanabe

Eri Watanabe is a second year undergraduate student at Tohoku University majoring in sociology. She is interested in social business, green tourism and community development. Besides taking active part in supporting international students studying at Tohoku University after 3/11, she is involved in several volunteer projects and forums around the Tohoku area such as the 3/11 Movements and TEDxTohoku. She studied in the UK for a year when she was in high school and she is planning to study in France from this summer.

Mark Williams

Mark Williams is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Japanese Studies at Akita International University. He was on the Faculty at the University of Leeds in the UK between 1988-2011, where he ended up as Chair of the School of Modern Languages and Professor of Japanese Studies. He has published extensively, in both English and Japanese, on religion and literature in postwar Japan, with a particular focus on Endo Shusaku and other authors with Christian affiliations. He is also the translator of two novels by Endo.

Kaoru Yamaguchi

Kaoru Yamaguchi (Manager, New and Renewable Energy Group, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan), has been engaged mostly in international co-operation projects in the last 19 years after he joined The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan. His expertise has expanded from the field of economic analysis of international energy projects as policy modeling specialist to the areas of renewable energy and environmental policy analysis. Currently he is involved in biofuel and renewable energy policy research, and the related seminars/training programs for developing economies. He has Ph.D and M.A., Public Policy from The George Washington University, USA and Master of Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan. He is one of the lead authors of IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation.

Norio Yamamoto

Joined Mitsubishi Research Institute in 1971, engaged in interdisciplinary policy analysis for science and technology field for private and public sector like R&D management policy, Technology Transfer, Technology Assessment and Environmental Assessment, especially large-scale infrastructure projects. Joined GIF Research Foundation Japan in 1990 as a founding member. Engaged in polity analysis and promotion of mega-scale infrastructure projects mainly in the developing parts of the world, such as ‘the Environmental Rehabilitation of the Aral Sea’, ‘the Eastern Himalayan Water Resource Development Program’, “the Middle Eastern Peace Water Pipeline”, “New Silk Road” transportation system development, on in the Arctic, Trans-East-Asia Natural Gas Pipeline Network, Oceanic Thermo-Electric Conversion(OTEC) and Promotion of ITER( International Thermo-nuclear Experimental Reactor) project. Engaged in the study of the role of trans-boundary infrastructure development as confidence building approach in the conflict area.

Lee Seung Yeol

Lee Seung Yeol is a Senior Research Fellow at Ewha Womans University Institute for Unification, and Guest Researcher at the Institute for Security and Development Policy in Sweden in 2011. He earned a doctoral degree of North Korean Studies In 2009, and is specialized in study of the succession in North Korean politics. His book, Kim Jong-il’s Choice, was published in 2009. His academic articles are “Study on the Change of Suryoung System and the Structural Limitations of the third Succession” (North Korean Studies Review, 2009) and “Analysis on the Three Determinants of the Succession System in North Korea: focused on the Path-Dependency”(North Korean Studies Review, 2010) and “Analysis on the ‘Sanction’ and ‘Negotiation’ for solving North Korea’s Nuclear Problem” (Peace Studies Review, 2010) and North Korea’s Third Hereditary Succession: Determining Factors and Hidden Meanings(Stockholm: ISDP Press, 2011)

Tadashi Yokoyama

Master (Economics), Hitotsubashi University
MSc in Economics, University of Warwick
MSc in Regional and Urban Planning, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
[Professional experience]
Embassy of Japan in the United States, 2012-present
Directorate-General for Economic and Fiscal Management, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, 2007-2012
Economics Department, OECD, 2003-2007
Directorate-General for Economic Research, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, 2001-2003
Economic Planning Agency, Government of Japan, 1993-2000

Shunya Yoshimi

Shunya Yoshimi is a Professor of Sociology, Cultural Studies, and Media Studies. He is the author of many books on cultural theory, urban culture, international exposition, media culture, information technology, the emperor system, and Americanization in modern Japan and East Asia. He has been a leading scholar in the field of Media and Cultural Studies in contemporary Japan. He has been a visiting fellow of El Colegio de Mexico (1993), Ecole des Hautes Etudes Sciences Sociales (1998), University of Western Sydney (1999), and Queensland University (2000). He is a member of the executive committee of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (Routledge), editorial board of Cultural Studies (Routledge), associate editors of Theory, Culture & Society (Sage), and the editorial advisory board of Japanese Studies (Carfax Publishing).
Publications in Japanese include Dramaturgy in the City: A Social History of Popular Entertainments in Modern Tokyo (Kobundo, 1987), The Politics of Exposition: Imperialism, Commercialism and Popular Entertainment (Chuokoronsha, 1992), Cultural Sociology in the Media Age (Shinyosha, 1994), Voice of Capitalism: The Social Construction of Telephone, Gramophone and Radio in Japan (Kodansha, 1995), Expo Syndrome: Postwar Politics and Cultural Struggle in Postwar Japan (Chikuma Shobo, 2005), Pro-America, Anti-America: Political Unconsciousness in Postwar Japan (Iwanami Shoten, 2007), etc.

Xu Zhihong

A native of Jiangsu Province, Professor Xu Zhihong received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Department of Biology, Peking University in 1965, and pursued graduate studies at the Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology (SIPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). After graduation in 1969, Professor Xu began his career as a research fellow at SIPP. From 1979 to 1981, he worked as visiting scientist in John Innes Institute and the University of Nottingham, UK. After back to SIPP, he became deputy director in 1983 and director in 1991. From 1988 to 1996, he also chaired the National Laboratory of Plant Molecular Genetics, SIPP. In 1992, he was named the Vice-President of CAS. In 1999, he took the office of the President of Peking University and finished his tenure in 2008. At present, Professor Xu is professor at the College of Life Sciences at Peking University and at SIPP. Professor Xu is an academician of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and of the CAS. Professor Xu was elected as President of International Association of Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology(2002-2006). Now he is Chairman of the Chinese National Committee of Man and of Biosphere, UNESCO, and Chairman of the Chinese Society of Plant Biology Professor Xu’s research interests include plant development, plant cell culture and genetic manipulation, and plant biotechnology. He has published over 200 papers, reviews, and reports in these fields. Professor Xu Zhihong was named the “National Outstanding Young and Middle-Aged Specialist” in 1988. He was awarded the “First Prize of the Natural Science of CAS Award” in 1990 and the “Third Prize of National Natural Science Award” in the following year. Professor Xu was conferred the Honorary Professor by Hong Kong University in 1994. He was also awarded the position of Honorary Doctor of Science by De Montfort University (1994), Nottingham University (2000) and University of East Anglia(2008) in the U.K., Hong Kong City University (2001), Waseda University in Japan (2002), McGill University in Canada (2003) and La Trobe University in Australia (2007)., the Honorary Doctor of Law by Melbourne University in Australia (2003) and Honorary Doctor by University of Montreal (2004) in Canada, University of Edinburgh(2008) in the U.K. and University College Dublin in Ireland (2008).

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