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Tomohiko Taniguchi

Tomohiko TANIGUCHI has been Professor by Special Invitation, International Political Economy, at the Keio University Graduate School of System Design and Management, Yokohama, Japan since April 2008. He is a Visiting Professor also at the School of Global Japanese Studies, Meiji University, Tokyo, while lecturing at the Waseda University Graduate School of Journalism. He is also a Senior Guest Fellow (Defense and Security), Sojitz Research Institute, Ltd., Tokyo. 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 Shanghai Institute of International Studies and 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 six 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.

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