Senior Program Officer, Pacific Island Nations Program, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Pacific Islands (Politics, Economy and Development Assistance)
Born in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture. Holds a Master of Science in Seismology from the Graduate School of Science and Engineering of Ibaraki University. Before joining the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), served as First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan in Fiji in charge of Politics and Economic Cooperation, especially for Fiji, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Pacific Islands Forum, other regional organizations, and UN missions from 2012 to 2015. Prior to the time at the Embassy of Japan in Fiji, was also an Associate Program Officer, Sasakawa Pacific Island Nations Fund, of SPF (2009-2012), Economic Adviser at the Embassy of Japan in the Marshall Islands (2006-2009), and JOCV Volunteer and local hired teacher in the Marshall Islands (2003–06). Since 2003, has been addressing issues through dialogue with people from all walks of life in the Pacific island countries. Authors a blog titled “Was SpongeBob Born in the Marshall Islands?” (in Japanese).