Director of the Institute for World Affairs at Kyoto Sangyō University. After graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1968, joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he served as director-general of the European and Oceanic Affairs Bureau and as Japanese ambassador to the Netherlands. After leaving the Ministry in 2002, he taught at Leiden University, Princeton University, Seoul University, and other universities. Has held his current position since 2010. Published works include Hoppō Ryōdo kōshō hiroku: ushinawareta godo no kikai (Secret Record of the Northern Territories Negotiations: Five Lost Opportunities), Rekishi ninshiki o toinaosu: Yasukuni, ianfu, ryōdo mondai (Rethinking Historical Perception: Yasukuni, the Confort Women, and Territorial Issues), and Japan’s Foreign Policy 1945-2009: The Quest for a Proactive Policy.
Oct 9, 2014