北岡 伸一/Shinichi Kitaoka

Shinichi Kitaoka


Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
President, International University of Japan
Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo

Areas of Expertise

Political and diplomatic history of Japan, United Nations, Japan-US relations, political parties and leadership


Obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Tokyo. Was a professor at Rikkyo University and the University of Tokyo, and Ambassador to the United Nations. Was given the Imperial Medal with Purple Ribbon in November 2011. Became a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, president of the International University of Japan, and professor emeritus, University of Tokyo, in 2012. Served as chairman of the Japan-China Joint History Research Committee. Is acting chair of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Panel on Restructuring the Legal Basis for National Security and chair of the Panel on National Security and Defense Capabilities and acting chair of the Advisory Panel on the History of the 20th Century and on Japan’s Role and the World Order in the 21st Century.