Former State Minister of Finance
Former Member of the Diet, Japan's Parliament
Member of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the main opposition party
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State Minister of Finance
September 2011 to October 2012
- Served in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.
- In charge of the Budget Bureau, Finance Bureau, and the Bank of Japan.
House of Councillors
July 2007 to July 2019
- Elected twice to the Upper House of Japan's Parliament representing Ibaraki Prefecture (north of Tokyo).
- Secretary General (current) and founding member of the Parliamentary group to support the World Conference for Religion and Peace (WCRP or RfP).
- Chairman of the Special Committee on North Korean Abductions.
- Chairman of the Committee on Financial Affairs.
- Chairman of the Committee on Fundamental National Policies (question time).
- Since 2009, worked with MPs across party lines to help the Japanese Government to arrange an annual program to invite former American prisoners of war held by the Imperial Japanese military during the Second World War to visit Japan.
House of Representatives
October 1996 to June 2000
November 2003 to June 2005
- Elected twice to the Lower House of Japan's Parliament representing Tokyo.
- In 1996, established the Dietmember’s League for a Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Landmines and helped encourage then Foreign Minister Keizo Obuchi to sign the 1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (referred to as the Ottawa Convention or Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty).
Democratic Party of Japan
- Shadow Foreign Minister and Director General for the International Department.
- Sent by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) to help the victims in disaster: Indonesia and Sri Lanka (2004 Indian Ocean tsunami), Pakistan (2005 earthquake), and Haiti (2010 earthquake).
- Sent to Jordan in 2004 to help secure release of five Japanese nationals held hostage in Iraq.
- Helped create a DPJ office to aid Afghanistan refugees in Kabul and in Peshawar, Pakistan from January 2002 to June 2002. This was the first overseas office for humanitarian purposes established by a Japanese political party.
- Started a DPJ office in Scopje, Macedonia to help Kosovo refugees from January 1999 to July 1999.
Conflict Resolution, Democracy Support & Refugee Relief
- For decades, have helped Cambodian democracy advocates such as main opposition party leader Sam Rainsy and Privy Council member Son Soubert.
- Played a role in the Japanese Government's decision not to recognize the Cambodian general election in 2018 by refusing to send an official election-monitoring team.
- In 2002, helped host Enlightened Post Cold War Initiative for Peace and Democracy: Enhancing the Role of Parliament and NGOs, a symposium in Tokyo. Participants included the Chairman and President of both Houses of the Japanese Parliament; representatives from National Endowment for Democracy (NED) , National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and International Republican Institute (IRI) (U.S.); Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Germany), Jean-Jaures Foundation (France), International IDEA (Sweden), Institute for Multi-Party Democracy (The Netherland) and the Center for Democratic Organizations (Australia).
- In 1996, initiated An Agenda for Reconciliation, a conference held at Caux, Switzerland to find reconciliation and bring an end to conflicts across the world that have continued for several years. (Caux was where 3,113 German and 1,983 French citizens met between 1946 and 1950 to seek reconciliation after the Second World War, including German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman.)
- Worked in confidence building efforts to bring various Cambodian factions together and hosted international conferences for national reconciliation in Cambodia in 1991 and 1992.
- In 1979, became a Director of the Association for Aid and Relief (AAR), the first Japanese NGO to help refugees. In 1980, launched projects to help Cambodian refugees and citizens at the Thai-Cambodian border and later inside Cambodia; those projects continue to the present day. In 1984, started projects to help refugees in Zambia and Zimbabwe; the Zambia projects continued until 2004.
Building a More Moral World
- Have attended the National Prayer Breakfast (NPB) in Washington DC four times until 2018 and NPB Japanese chapter meetings.
- In 1986, when there were signs that Europe, Japan and the U.S. might be on the verge of a trade war, helped launch the Caux Round Table (CRT) for Moral Capitalism. Participants included leaders in business from Europe, the U.S., and Japan: Frits Philips, former CEO of Philips Electronics (the Netherlands); Olivier Giscard d'Estaing, Vice Chairman of the INSEAD business school (France); Owen Butler, Chairman of Procter & Gamble (U.S.), Winston Wallin（Chairman , Medtronic (U.S.); Ryuzaburo Kaku, President of Canon (Japan); Toshihiko Yamashita, former President of Matsushita Electronics (Japan). In 1994, the CRT published a set of Principles for Business, which London’s Financial Times wrote "is thought to be the first time a document of this kind has attracted influential supporters from Europe, Japan and U.S.”
- In 1984, became an Executive Director of the International MRA Association of Japan (later, the International IC of Japan).
- After graduating from university, joined the MRA international goodwill mission “Song of Asia” together with 50 young people from 15 countries in Asia and the Pacific. As member of this group, spent two years visiting 14 countries in Europe, North America, and Oceania, staying with more than 100 families.
- Have subsequently visited 52 countries and stayed in the homes of nearly 200 families.
- Graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, B.A. Keio University, 1975
- Taught Japanese politics & economy, conflict resolution, and NGO activities at Yokohoma National University, Seigakuin University, and Gifu Women’s University as lecturer or visiting professor.
- The Politician Who Didn't Want to Become a Politician (「政治家になりたくなかった政治家」), published by The Japan Times, 2003.
- Translated (1981) Victor Sparre's The Flame in the Darkness: The Russian Human Rights Struggle, as I Have Seen It, 「ソ連の反体制派たち」about how the author helped Soviet dissidents Alexandr Solzhenitsyn and Andrei Sakharov escape to the West. Published by the Simul Press, 1981.
- Translated (1990) Basil Entwistle's Japan’s Decisive Decade, 「日本の進路を決めた10年」about how the author helped Japanese leaders in politics, industry, labor, education and media to reconcile with her neighbors and return to the international community after the Second World War. Revised edition published by The Japan Times, 2016.
Articles in English:
- The Abe Government Versus the Emperor on History Issues, The Japan Times, Oct 16, 2015.
- What Abe Should Tell Congress, The Japan Times, April 17, 2015.
- Aso Mining’s Indelible Past: Prime Minister Aso Should Seek Reconciliation With Former POWs, The Asia Pacific Journal/Japan Focus, April 15, 2009.
- Aso Mining POWs Seek Redress, The Japan Times, Feb 7, 2009.
- Kishi’s Diplomacy Overdue, The Japan Times, Aug 18, 2006.
- Prime Minister Kishi’s Diplomacy of Reconciliation, Japan Echo, Aug 1, 2006.
- Japan Needs a Political Settlement on Its Past, Asahi/International Herald Tribune, Oct 23, 2001.
Born in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan in 1950.
Updated: January 2022