March 11, 2010     

The Honorable Hajime Hayashi
Economic Minister

Embassy of Japan

Washington, D.C.

Topic:  Economic Cooperation between the United States and Japan; Trade, Investment and Beyond

Hajime Hayashi, Minister for Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in the United States, is serving for the bilateral cooperation between Japan and the United States in such field as economic, trade, environment and development assistance policies. He has been working for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Japan since 1982 and has been seconded to the Cabinet Secretariat three times. Before moving to Washington, DC in July, 2008, he was a Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. Mr. Hayashi’s last assignment in Tokyo was Executive Assistant on Diplomatic Affairs to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Cabinet Secretariat (2006-2007). His assignments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan include: Director of the Financial Affairs Division, being in charge of Ministry’s budget and expenditure; Directors in North American Affairs Bureau, working for the promotion of security and economic cooperation between Japan and the United States; Director, Policy Planning Division, Foreign Policy Bureau. His other assignments in the Cabinet Secretariat include Cabinet Counselor, Office of Promotion of Iraqi Reconstruction, coordinating Japan’s humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to Iraq. Mr. Hayashi served for overseas assignments of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Japan, including in Geneva, Switzerland (1995-1998) and in Washington, DC (1985-1987). Mr. Hayashi has also held an academic position, serving as lecturer on Japan’s foreign policy at Chuo University in Tokyo (2004-2006). He received his bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo. He was also educated in Amherst College, Massachusetts.


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