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Komatsu, Masayuki

SENIOR FELLOW

Visiting Research Professor, Asian Growth Research Institute

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Areas of Expertise

Fisheries, whaling, marine and global ecosystems, leadership and negotiation theory

Bio

Joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in 1977 and received an MBA from the Yale School of Management in 1984. While at the ministry, served as deputy director in charge of North America area fisheries; first secretary in the embassy of Japan to Italy and alternate permanent representative of Japan to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); deputy director in charge of whaling; director and counselor for international negotiations; director of the Resource and Environment Division; and executive director of the Fisheries Research Agency. Was also a member of bilateral talks with the United States over North Pacific salmon fisheries; chair of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission; member of the delegation to the international litigation on the southern bluefin tuna dispute at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea of the United Nations and the UNCLOS Arbitrary Tribunal; and chair of the FAO Fisheries Committee. Retired from the ministry in 2007 and became a professor (and later visiting professor) at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies of Japan and visiting research professor at the Asian Growth Research Institute. Received his PhD in agriculture and life sciences from the University of Tokyo in 2004, and was an expert member of the Cabinet Office’s Regulatory Council and Administrative Renewal Council.

Research Results

Publications

  • Discovering Whales around Tokyo Bay (Japan Times, 2005).
  • The History and Science of Whales (Japan Times, 2004).
  • Whales and the Japanese: How We Have Come to Live in Harmony with the Bounty of the Sea (Institute of Cetacean Research, 2003).

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