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Dr. Satohiro Akimoto is the Director of the Japan-US Military Program (JUMP) as well as Chairman of the Board and President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. He joined the organization in January 2019. He brings to JUMP extensive experience in the areas of business, research, intellectual dialogue, and student exchanges between Japan and the United States.

Dr. Akimoto’s career has included roles at Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi International Corporation, Hughes Electronics, DirecTV Japan, Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications, Japan Society, Keidanren USA, and Mt. Fuji Dialogue.

On top of his responsibilities at Sasakawa USA, Dr. Akimoto is a contributing writer for The Japan Times, associate fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in the UK, a contributing commentator for the Okazaki Institute in Japan, and a Japan Advisory Committee member of the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria.

Dr. Akimoto received a PhD in Sociology and a MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, as well as a BA in Law from Keio University. He also received a certificate in Russian studies from Leningrad State University (currently St. Petersburg State University). In addition, Dr. Akimoto studied at London University in the UK and at Georgetown University.


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