KITAOKA, Shinichi

Position Adjunct Professor
Degree Ph.D., (political science), The University of Tokyo
Specialty Japanese Political and Diplomatic History
Current Research Interests Japanese Politics; Japanese Diplomacy; United Nations
  • Professional Career
Oct. 1976 - Sep. 1978 Lecturer, College of Law and Politics, Rikkyo University
Oct. 1978 - Sep. 1985 Associate Professor, College of Law and Politics, Rikkyo University
Aug. 1981 - Jul. 1983 Visiting Fellow, Princeton University
Oct. 1985 - Sep. 1997 Professor, College of Law and Politics, Rikkyo University
Oct. 1997 - Apr. 2004 Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo
Apr. 2004 - Sep. 2006 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
Oct. 2006 - Mar. 2012 Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo
2012     Emeritus Professor, University of Tokyo
Apr. 2012 - Mar. 2014 Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Oct. 2012 - Sep. 2015 President, International University of Japan
Apr. 2014 -  Mar. 2016 Senior Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Oct. 2015 -   President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Apr. 2016 -   Adjunct Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)


  • Selected publications

Kanryousei toshite no Nihon Rikugun [The Japanese Army as Bureaucracy] (Tokyo: Chikuma Shobo, 2012).

Nihon seiji no hokai [The Collapse of Japanese Politics: How Can We Overcome the Third Defeat?] (Tokyo: Chuokoron-Shinsha, 2012).

Gaiko-teki shiko [Diplomatic Perspectives] (Tokyo: Chikura Publishing, 2012).

Global player toshiteno Nihon [Japan as a Global Player] (Tokyo: NTT Publishing Co. Ltd., 2010).

Kokuren no seiji rikigaku [Political Dynamics of the United Nations: Where Does Japan Stand?] (Tokyo: Chuokoron-Shinsha, 2007).

Nihon no jiritsu [The Self-reliance of Japan: Japan's Cooperation with the U.S. and Pan-Asianism] (Tokyo: Chuokoron-Shinsha, 2004).

Dokuritsu jison [Independence and Self-respect: Challenge by Yukichi Fukuzawa] (Tokyo: Kodansha, 2002; Tokyo: Chuokoron-Shinsha, 2011).

"Futsuu no kuni" e [Toward a "Normal State"] (Tokyo: Chuokoron-Shinsha, 2000).

Seito kara gunbu e [From Parties Politics to the Military] (Tokyo: Chuokoron-Shinsha, 1999).

Sengo Nihon gaiko ronshu [Articles on Postwar Japanese Diplomacy] (Tokyo: Chuokoron-sha, 1995).

Jiminto [The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan: The 38 Years in Power] (Tokyo: The Yomiuri Shimbun, 1995; Tokyo: Chuokoron-Shinsha, 2008).

Seito seiji no saisei [The Recovery of Party Politics] (Tokyo: Chuokoron-sha, 1995).

Nichibei kankei no realism [Realism in Japan-U.S. Relations] (Tokyo: Chuokoron-sha, 1991).

Kokusaika jidai no seiji shido [Political Management in the Era of Internationalization] (Tokyo: Chuokoron-sha, 1990).

Nihon seijishi [The History of Japanese Politics: Diplomacy and Power] (Tokyo: NHK Publishing, 1989; Tokyo: Yuhikaku, 2011).

Goto Shimpei [Biography of Shimpei Goto: His Diplomacy and Vision] (Tokyo: Chuokoron-sha, 1988).

Kiyosawa Kiyoshi [Biography of Kiyoshi Kiyosawa] (Tokyo: Chuokoron-sha, 1987; Expanded Edition, Tokyo: Chuokoron-Shinsha, 2004).

Nihon rikugun to tairiku seisaku, 1906-18 [The Japanese Army and Continental Policy, 1906-18] (Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, 1978)


  • Social contributions
2011 Medal with Purple Ribbon [official decoration for academic and artistic developments, improvements and accomplishments bestowed by the Japanese government].
1995 Yoshino Sakuzo Prize
Jiminto [The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan: The 38 Years in Power].
1992 The Yomiuri Prize for the Opinion Leader of the Year
Nichibei kankei no realism [Realism in Japan-U.S. Relations].
1987 The Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities
Kiyosawa Kiyoshi [Biography of Kiyoshi Kiyosawa].
1986 Yoshida Shigeru Prize
"Taibei Gaiko no Joken" [The Condition of Diplomacy toward the U.S.: Kiyoshi Kiyosawa's View on Japan-U.S. Relations].


  • Other notable activities, achievements
Dec. 2009 - present Executive Director of Research, Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS)
Nov. 2009 - Mar. 2010 Chairman, Expert Committee on the So-called "Secret Agreements," MOFA
Jan. 2009 - Aug. 2009 Member of the Council on Security and Defense Capabilities, PM Office
Dec. 2007 - Sep. 2008 Member of the Foreign Policy Study Group, PM Office
Apr. 2007 - Jun. 2008 Member of the Council on Reconstruction of a Legal Basis for Security, PM Office
Apr. 2007 - present Senior Research Fellow, diplomacy and security research, Tokyo Foundation
Dec. 2006 - Jan. 2010 Chairman (Japan), The Japan-China Joint History Research Committee, MOFA
Nov. 2006 - Feb. 2007 Member of the Council on the Strengthening of the Functions of the Prime Minister's Office Regarding National Security, PM Office
Sep. 2003 - Oct. 2003 Member of the 1st dispatch, the Japan-Middle East Cultural Exchanges and Dialogue Mission, MOFA
Apr. 2002 - Oct. 2002 Member of the Discussion Group of the Initiative toward Japan-ASEAN Comprehensive Economic Partnership, PM Office
Sep. 2001 - Nov. 2002 Member of the Task Force on Foreign Relations for the Prime Minister, PM
Jan. 2001 - Dec. 2001 Member of the Japan-India 21st Century Wisemen Group, MOFA
May 1999 - Jul. 1999 Member of Subcommittee 1 "Japan's Place in the World," Prime Minister's Commission on Japan's Goals in the 21st Century, PM Office
1997 - 2001 Member of the Japan-China Friendship Committee for the 21st Century, MOFA
1996 - present Member of the Japan-Germany Dialogue Forum, Japan Center for International Exchange



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