Born in 1946 in Tokyo. Graduated from the University of Tokyo and joined Japan’s Ministry of Finance. Served as deputy vice minister of finance for international affairs, deputy commissioner of the National Tax Agency, and secretary-general of Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission. Appointed vice-minister for transport and international affairs in the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism in 2002. Retired from government service and founded the Sirius Institute, a think tank specializing in economic ethics and business ethics, in 2003. Author of books including Nihon keizai no kokyō o aruku (A Stroll Through the Birthplace of the Japanese Economy) and Koten ni manabu keieijutsu sanjū-rokkei (Thirty-six Management Techniques Taken from the Classics).
Sep 20, 2013