- Minister of Foreign Affairs (2002-2004); Member of the House of Councillors, Japan
MPhil in Economics, Yale University. Former: Economist, World Bank; Minister, Embassy of Japan, US. 1992, Director-General, Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of International Trade and Industry; 1993, Managing Director, Suntory; 2000, Minister of Environment; 2004, Special Adviser to Prime Minister of Japan, responsible for foreign affairs; since 2005, Member of the House of Councillors; 2007, re-elected to second term. Chairman, Committee on Environment, House of Councillors. Chairman, Okinawa Promotion Committee; Deputy Director, Environment Division, Policy Research Council, Liberal Democratic Party of Japan. Co-Chair, International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. Member: Young Global Leader Foundation Board, World Economic Forum; President's Council on International Activities, Yale University. Member of the Board of Trustees, US-Japan Foundation. Recipient of awards, including: Star of Jerusalem (2010).