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Shinichi Kitaoka

Last updated : October 08, 2022

Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo
Emeritus Professor, Rikkyo University

Areas of Expertise
  • Political and diplomatic history of Japan
  • United Nations
  • Japan-US relations
  • political parties and leadership

Bio
Obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Tokyo. Was a professor at Rikkyo University and the University of Tokyo, and Ambassador to the United Nations. Was given the Imperial Medal with Purple Ribbon in November 2011. Became a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, president of the International University of Japan, and professor emeritus, University of Tokyo, in 2012. Was President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) between 2015 and March 2022. Became Special Advisor to the President (former President) of JICA in April 2022. Served as chairman of the Japan-China Joint History Research Committee, acting chair of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Panel on Restructuring the Legal Basis for National Security and chair of the Panel on National Security and Defense Capabilities and acting chair of the Advisory Panel on the History of the 20th Century and on Japan’s Role and the World Order in the 21st Century.

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Self-Respect and Independence of Mind: The Challenge of Fukuzawa Yukichi (Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture, 2017).

The Political History of Modern Japan: Foreign Relations and Domestic Politics (Routledge, 2018).

From Party Politics to Militarism in Japan, 1924–1941 (Lynne Rienner Publishers in association with JPIC, 2021).

Goto Shinpei, Statesman of Vision: Research, Public Health, and Development (JPIC, 2021).

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