FORA.tv Speaker - Yukio Okamoto
Yukio Okamoto is a former special advisor to the prime minister of Japan. From 1968 to 1991, Mr. Okamoto was a career diplomat in Japanâ€™s ministry of foreign affairs. His overseas postings included stints in Paris at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and at the embassies in Cairo and Washington, DC. 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 October 2001 to March 2003, he was special advisor to the cabinet. From March 2003 to March 2004, he was special advisor on Afghanistan and Iraq to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Concurrent with the above last two posts he was chairman of the prime ministerâ€™s task force on foreign relations. Until September of 2008, Mr. Okamoto was a member of Prime Minister Yasuo Fukudaâ€™s study group on diplomacy. He is an adjunct professor of international relations at Ritsumeikan University. He also sits on the board of directors of Mitsubishi Materials, NYK, and Mitsubishi Motors. Mr. Okamoto is serving as an advisor to several major Japanese multinationals. He has written books on Japanese diplomacy and government and is a regular contributor to major newspapers and magazines. Mr. Okamoto is a well-known public speaker and a frequent guest on public affairs and news broadcasts.
11.20.09 | 01:25:12 min
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