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Shinichi Kitaoka, Executive Director of Research

Shinichi Kitaoka

University of Tokyo, B.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science. Dr. Kitaoka serves as President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA: 2015-) and senior professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS: 2014-). Previous posts include President of International University of Japan (IUJ: 2012-2015), professor at the University of Tokyo (1997-2012), and professor at Rikkyo University (1985-1997). He also served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations (2004-2006). Joined IIPS in 2009.
(Shinichi Kitaoka's CV).

Senior Research Counselors

Takao Komine

University of Tokyo (B.A. in Economics). Entered the Economic Planning Agency in 1969. There he served as Director of the Economic Research Institute and Director General of the Research Bureau. In 2001, he was appointed Director General of the National and Regional Planning Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. In 2003 he was Professor in the Graduate School of Social Science and, in 2008, Professor in the Graduate School of Regional Policy Design at Hosei University; and in 2010, he was Senior Research Fellow, Japan Center for Economic Research. As of March 2017 he is Professor, Faculty of Regional Development, Taisho University. Since 2010 he is a Senior Research Fellow, Japan Center for Economic Research. Joined IIPS in 2015.


Senior Fellows

Shin Kawashima

Shin Kawashima is the professor of the Department of International Relations, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the University of Tokyo. He teaches the history of international relations in East Asia at Komaba Campus. He was educated at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (B.A.1992) and the University of Tokyo (Oriental history, M.A., 1992 and Ph.D, 2000). He taught at Hokkaido University’s Department of Politics, Faculty of Law during 1998-2006 before moving to the University of Tokyo in 2006. He served as a visiting scholar at the Academia Sinica in Taipei (Institute of Modern History, 1995-96), the Beijing Center for Japanese Studies (vice director, 2000-2001), National Chengchi University in Taipei (department of history, 2005) and Beijing University (department of history, 2005), and Awarded Japan Scholar at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2009). He has studied Chinese diplomatic history based on Chinese diplomatic archives and recently started a study on the history of radio in East Asia. His first book, the Formation of Chinese Modern Diplomacy (Nagoya University Press, 2004), was awarded the Suntory Academic Prize in 2004.

Yuichi Hosoya

Yuichi Hosoya is professor in the Faculty of Law, Keio University. He earned academic degrees at Rikkyo University (B.A., 1994), the University of Birmingham (MIS, 1996), and Keio University (M.A., 1997 and Ph.D, 2000). He was assistant professor at Hokkaido University (2000-2002) and Keiai University (2002-2004). Since returning to Keio University in 2004 as an assistant professor, and then as an associate professor in 2006, he has taught Western diplomatic history, Cold War history, and history of European integration. He had been a fellow in academic programs such as the RIPS-CGP Fellowship Program of Security Studies (1998-2000), the US VIP Program by the US Department of State (2000), the Salzburg Seminar (2003 and 2005), and the Fulbright Fellowship (Princeton Institute for International & Regional Studies (PIIRS), Princeton University, 2008-2009). He was a visiting professor (Japan Chair) at the Centre Asie-Pacific, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) (2009-2010). He has published many books and articles about the modern history of British diplomacy and international relations for which he was awarded the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities (2002), the Sakurada Prize for a Book on Political Science (2007) and the Yomiuri Yoshino Sakuzo Prize (2010), and others.

Senior Research Fellows

Kanji Amemiya

University of Tsukuba (MBA). Joined Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation(NTT) in 1989 and worked in the Global Business Headquarters, the Global IP Business Department of NTT Communications Corporation, and InfoCom Research, Inc. Seconded to IIPS in 2013. I have had many books and articles published, including The Competition Strategy of Apple Inc.,, Inc. and Google Inc. (2012; in Japanese), Information & Communications in Japan Yearbook 2013 (2013), The Disruptive Innovation of Apple Inc. (2013; in Japanese), and other titles.

Kazumi Endo

University of Tokyo, B.A. and M.A. in Economics. Joined Development Bank of Japan in 1996. Worked in Research Department, Tokai Branch, Research Center of Regional Policy, Kansai Branch, and CSR Support Office. Seconded to IIPS in 2015.

Minoru Hara

Graduated from Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University in 1988. Worked for a Japanese securities firm, engaged in finance for Canadian sovereign and private companies in Toronto, Canada. Joined JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) in 1999 and was responsible mainly for promoting investment in Japan by foreign companies and assisting Japanese small and medium companies doing business in the global market. Previously assigned to the Los Angeles and Kumamoto offices. Seconded to IIPS in 2016. Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan (CMA)

Tomoaki Ide

University of Tokyo. Received Master and Bachelor degrees in Urban Engineering, specializing in Environmental Engineering, and specifically in Water Quality Control. Joined Dentsu Inc. in 1988. Worked as an account executive and consultant for clients in a variety of industries. Recently worked as Chief Researcher and Senior Manager at Dentsu Innovation Institute studying media company management and the relationship between advertising and the firm’s value. Seconded to IIPS in 2012.


Osawa, Jun

Jun Osawa

Jun Osawa joined IIPS as a research fellow in April 1995. In 2009, he was appointed a senior research fellow. He received M.A. degree in political science from Keio University. He also served concurrently as government and academic positions; 2004-2006 an analyst (WMD issue) for the Intelligence and Analysis Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2007-2009 a policy planning advisor for the Policy Planning Division, Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2013 a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, 2012-2016 a visiting scholar at GRIPS, 2014-2016 Deputy Counsellor, National Security Secretariat, Cabinet Secretariat, 2017- Senior Fellow of National Security Secretariat.

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Haruhisa Somaya

University of Tokyo (B.A. in Law), University of California at Berkeley (LL.M.). Joined the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 1988. Dealt with policy areas of international trade, small- and medium-sized enterprises, regional economy, distribution industry, intellectual property, etc. Seconded to IIPS in 2016.

Yoshiaki Takahashi

Yoshiaki Takahashi joined IIPS as a Senior Research Fellow in April 2016. He was Associate Professor at the University of Tsukuba. His main research topics are cultural differences and measurement issues of happiness as well as consumer behavioral bias related to public policy. He introduced happiness studies into government work in Japan. He wrote the White Paper on the National Lifestyle in 2008 when he was the Director of Research, Department of Quality of Life, Cabinet Office. From 2009 to 2011, he was the Head of Happiness Studies Unit in the Cabinet Office and contributed to development of Japan's National Well-being Indicators. He was also an advisory member when the OECD developed the guidelines for measuring subjective well-being (2011-13). To date, his research team has conducted qualitative and quantitative surveys in Bhutan, India, Philippines, Thailand, Costa Rica, and Japan. He is currently the head of Japanese advisory team for the GNH2015 survey conducted by the Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH Research (2014-present). He holds MSc. degrees from University of London and University of Southampton in the UK.

Hideharu Tanaka

University of Tokyo, B.A. in Law and University of Cambridge LL.M. Worked for the Ministry of Finance from 1991 with responsibility for domestic tax planning and execution as well as customs. Also served at the Financial Services Agency and Cabinet Legislation Bureau as a Counselor responsible for examining laws and cabinet orders relating to fiscal matters and financial regulation. In addition, well experienced in the field of ODA, engaged in the formulation of aid policy and forming and implementing individual projects both in the field (as First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in India) and at the capital (as Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

Hidenori Tanaka

Keio University (BA in Economics) and Nagoya University (MA in Economics). Joined the Bank of Japan in 1992 and worked in the Research and Statistics Department, Financial System and Bank Examination Department, International Department and Secretariat of the Policy Board. Seconded to IIPS in 2017.

Yutaka Toyoda

Sophia University (B.A. in Economics). Joined Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation (when it was Nippon Steel Corporation) in 1990. Worked in Nagoya Works, Overseas Marketing, Japan and China Investment Promotion Organization, Overseas Business Development, and Linepipe Marketing. Seconded to IIPS in 2014.

Kaoru Uraguchi

Graduated from National Defense Academy (BA in International relations) and commissioned as a Maritime Self-Defense Force Officer in 1993. Served sea duties as a Submarine Officer and graduated from National Defense Academy (MA in Security Studies) in 2006. Completed non-degree PhD program in Security Studies, National Defense Academy in 2017. Held successive jobs as the Staff of the various JMSDF Commands, Joint Staff, Maritime Staff Office, Defense Intelligence Headquarters, etc. Seconded to IIPS in 2017. Commander, JMSDF.

Research Fellows

Rie Takezawa

RIE TAKEZAWA joined IIPS as Research Fellow in October 2016. An adjunct lecturer at Musashino University Tokyo on African politics. Previously she served as a researcher (Sub-Saharan African issue) at the Intelligence and Analysis Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan. She earned an MA in Media and Governance and BA in Policy Management from Keio University, and is a Ph.D. Candidate (International Relations) at Hitotsubashi University Japan


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