Japan Studies Program at Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center has recently received a grant from Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Japan for the New Channels project. The project aims to broaden the dialogue and understanding between the United States and Japan and to reinvigorate the alliance with focus on 21st century challenges faced by both nations.
Hideichi Okada, Senior Advisor at NTT Data Institute of Management and Consulting, will join the Japan Studies Program at APARC as the program's 2013-14 Sasakawa Peace Fellow to play a leading role in organizing the annual New Channels dialogue.
In this seminar, Okada will be speaking about Japan's energy policy and challenge.
Hideichi Okada served as Vice Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) from 2010 to 2012, where he promoted international trade and investment, and expanded industrial cooperation with various countries. He also served as Director General of Trade Policy Bureau (2008-2010) and Director General of Commerce and Information Policy Bureau of METI (2007-2008). He worked for Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi as his executive assistant, where he dealt with policies on economy, industry, energy, science and technology, and environment, and with public relations (2001-2006). He was a professor at GRIPS (2006-2007) and a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and IR/PS, University of California, San Diego in 2007. Okada was born in Tokyo in 1951. He received LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School (1981) and graduated from the University of Tokyo with a LL.B. (1976). Currently, he is Senior Adviser, NTT Data Institute of Management and Consulting.