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Hitoshi Tanaka, Senior Fellow

Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, the Japan Research Institute, Ltd.
Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo

Hitoshi TanakaJCIE Senior Fellow Hitoshi Tanaka has served as the chairman of the Institute for International Strategy at the Japan Research Institute, Ltd. (JRI—Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group), since 2010. He has also been a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo, since April 2006. Prior to joining JCIE in September 2005, he served for three years as Japan’s deputy minister for foreign affairs, during which time he was a top advisor to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on a broad range of issues, including relations with North Korea, China, Russia, and the United States. As one of the main intellectual architects of Japan’s foreign policy, he has been a key actor in shaping Japan’s approach to East Asia.

Before being named deputy minister, Mr. Tanaka held the posts of director-general of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau (2001–2002) and of the Economic Affairs Bureau (2000–2001); consul general in San Francisco (1998–2000); and deputy director-general of the North American Affairs Bureau (1996–1998). He was director for policy coordination of the Foreign Policy Bureau, political minister at the Japanese Embassy in London (1990–1993), a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London (1989–1990), director for North East Asian Affairs (1987–1989), and director for North American Affairs (1985–1987). Mr. Tanaka holds a BA in law from Kyoto University and a BA/MA in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University. His latest publications include Nihon Gaiko No Chosen [The Challenges for Japan’s Diplomacy] (Kadokawa, 2015), ), “Forging a Partnership with China” in Reimagining Japan (McKinsey, 2011), Purofeshonaru no Koshoryoku [The Logic of Strategic Negotiation] (Kodansha, 2009), Gaiko no Chikara [The Power of Diplomacy] (Nikkei Publishing, 2009), and Kokka to Gaiko [The Nation and Diplomacy] (Kodansha, 2005), and has contributed many articles). He is also a regular contributor to various newspapers and monthly magazines both in Japanese and in English, including East Asia Insights.