Areas of Expertise
Policy formation, political systems, theory of civilization
Joined the Ministry of Finance in 1973. Served in several positions, including the Securities Bureau, the Tax Bureau, the International Finance Bureau, and the Institute of Fiscal and Monetary Policy; resigned in September 1996. Founded Japan Initiative, a not-for-profit, independent think tank, in April 1997, serving as its president since then. Served as professor of policy management at Keio University, 1997–2008. Assumed the chairmanship of the Tokyo Foundation in April 2006. In October 2009 became secretary general of Japan’s Government Revitalization Unit within the Cabinet Office, and in April 2010 became president of the Tokyo Foundation when it became a public interest incorporated foundation.