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April 8, 2014
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Will Japan lose its glow to become a simple middle power in Asia? How long will Japan have its hands bound diplomatically by deeds committed 70 years ago? Is reconciliation possible between Japan and its neighbors? Will Japan's stable alliance with the US continue? Japan faces many challenges. At the same time, hopes are newly emerging in Japan's politics and economy. The target year for a revived and robust Japan to emerge is 2020.

Professional Background:
Yukio OKAMOTO, a former Special Advisor to two Prime Ministers of Japan, is a 2012-13 Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at MIT. From 1968 to 1991 Mr. Okamoto was a career diplomat in Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His overseas postings were at Paris, Cairo and Washington. He retired from the Ministry in 1991 and established Okamoto Associates Inc., a political and economic consultancy.

Post-retirement, Mr. Okamoto has served in a number of advisory positions. From 1996 to 1998, he was Special Advisor to Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto. From 2003 to 2004, he was again special Advisor to Prime Minister Jun-ichiro Koizumi, also serving as the Chairman of the Prime Minister's Task Force on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Okamoto is a visiting professor of international relations at Ritsumeikan University. He sits on the Board of three Japanese multinational companies and serves as an advisor to several others. Mr. Okamoto is the Director of the Signal of Hope Fund, an initiative he established to assist the Tohoku fisheries industry recover from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Mr. Okamoto has written many books on Japanese diplomacy and is a regular contributor to major newspapers and magazines. He is a very well-known public speaker and a frequent guest on public affairs and news television programs.
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