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Yoriko Kawaguchi

Professor, Meiji Institute for Global Affairs

Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi is Visiting Professor at Musashino University, and Fellow at Musashino Institute for Global Affairs. She also is Distinguished Fellow of Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research. Prior to this, Ms. Kawaguchi was Professor at Meiji University and the Institute for Global Affairs, Meiji University from 2013 to 2018; Member of the House of Councilors (Upper House, elected) for the Liberal Democratic Party from 2005 to 2013; Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan on foreign affairs from 2004 to 2005; Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2004 and Minister of the Environment from 2000 to 2002. Ms. Kawaguchi is Council Member and Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Society Policy Institute; Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group; Member of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg New Economy Forum; Council Member of the Global Future Council, World Economic Forum; Chairperson of the Advisory Board and Advisory Board for International Activities, Graduate School of Public Policy, Tokyo University; Member of the Asia Pacific Leadership Network; Distinguished Fellow at the Tokyo Foundation; Member of the Board of Trustees of Toshiba International Foundation and Adviser of Institute for Global Environmental Strategies. Ms. Kawaguchi had served on various international commissions, including the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament as Co-chair Ms. Kawaguchi was Managing Director of Suntory Ltd from 1993 to 2000. She also held government positions including Minister at the Embassy of Japan to the United States and Director-General of Global Environmental Affairs at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry). Ms. Kawaguchi received Master of Philosophy in Economics from Yale University and BA in International Relations from Tokyo University. Ms. Kawaguchi was awarded the Order of the Grand Cordon of the Rising Sun in May 2017, Star of Jerusalem by Palestinian National Authority in October 2010 and Wilbur Cross Medal by Yale University in October 2008. Ms. Kawaguchi co-edited and co-authored a book titled, Future View of the Asia-Pacific – Networked Hegemony (Tokyo: Chuokeizai-sha, Inc.) published in Japanese in August 2017. It is on the question of whether Asia-Pacific can thrive peacefully in coming years with a focus on the “actors” to lead the regional order and the “structure.”