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Kawaguchi, Yoriko

DISTINGUISHED FELLOW

Visiting Professor, Musashino University

Fellow, Meiji Institute for Global Affairs

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Areas of Expertise

Foreign policy and nonproliferation, environment, Japanese politics and government, corporate social responsibility

Bio

Graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, and joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. Received her MPhil in economics from Yale University in 1972. Was a minister at the embassy of Japan in the United States and deputy director-general for global environmental affairs at MITI before becoming managing director of Suntory Ltd. in September 1993. Became Director-General of the Environment Agency in 2000, Minister of the Environment in January 2001, Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2002, and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on foreign affairs. Was elected to the House of Councilors in 2005, serving two terms through 2013. During her years as a Diet member, she served as deputy chair of the General Assembly of Liberal Democratic Party members in the upper house; director and chair of the Environment Committee; director of the Budget Committee; director of the Commission on the Constitution; chair of the LDP Okinawa Promotion Committee; co-chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament; and board member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Foundation. Is a member of the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research advisory committee for CSR research. Was awarded the Order of the Grand Cordon of the Rising Sun in May 2017, Star of Jerusalem by Palestinian National Authority in October 2010, and Wilbur Cross Medal by Yale University in October 2008.

Research Results

Publications

  • Future View of the Asia-Pacific: Networked Hegemony, co-editor and co-author (Chuokeizai-sha, Inc., Tokyo 2017) (in Japanese)
  • Eliminating Nuclear Threats: A Practical Agenda for Global Policymakers, co-author (International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation  and  Disarmament,  2009)
  • “A New Forum for Peace,” co-author, The National Interest, no. 82, Winter 2005–06.

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