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Dr. Tomohiko Taniguchi

Dr Tomohiko Taniguchi

Professor, Keio University Graduate School; Special Adviser, Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; External Contributor

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Dr. Tomohiko Taniguchi is Professor, Keio University Graduate School of System Design and Management (SDM), reading international political economy and Japanese diplomacy. He is also Special Adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet.

He was also Special Adviser to Prime Minister ABE, Shinzo's Cabinet until Mr. Abe stepped down as prime minister on the 16th, September, 2020. Between February 2013 and March 2014, he was Councillor, Prime Minister's Office. Throughout the period of more than 90 consecutive months, his responsibilities included writing foreign-policy speeches for Mr. Abe.

After spending 20 years with Nikkei Business, a weekly magazine, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2005 as Deputy Press Secretary and Deputy Director General for Public Diplomacy. Until he left the ministry three years later, he addressed the English-speaking press and wrote speeches for then Foreign Minister ASO, Taro and other leaders including then PM Abe.

While with the magazine he spent a stint in London, 1997-2000, as the magazine's correspondent. In 1999 the Foreign Press Association in London elected him President, the first from "the East of Suez." During his journalistic career he spent sabbaticals at Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, as a Fulbright Visiting Fellow, at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, and at the Brookings Institution as a paid, "CNAPS" fellow.

For five years till 2013 he was Executive Adviser to the then Chairman of the Central Japan Railway Company, KASAI, Yoshiyuki, while holding visiting professorships at Keio SDM and Meiji University School of Global Japanese Studies.

LL.B. from the University of Tokyo, Doctorate in national security from Takushoku University, he has authored or co-authored more than 10 books on international affairs. One of his latest books, entitled (if put into English) "Truth be Told of ABE Shinzo," was his own account of Abe's leadership. He has appeared live numerous times on BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN, CNA, TRT, etc.