Japan in the Age of Walls: Its Current and Future Foreign and Security Policies in East Asia and Beyond

Japan in the Age of Walls: Its Current and Future Foreign and Security Policies in East Asia and Beyond

Naoyuki Agawa - Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Doshisha University

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Room 202, Henry R. Luce Hall See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

Mr. Naoyuki Agawa currently teaches American constitutional law and history as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. He joined Doshisha on April 1, 2016 upon leaving Keio University in Tokyo. At Keio, he served as Professor of the Faculty of Policy Management (1999 – 2016), Vice President, International (2009 – 2013) and Dean of the Faculty of Policy Management (2007 – 2009). 

Mr. Agawa served as Minister for Public Affairs in charge of public diplomacy and press relations at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. on leave of absence from Keio University (2002 – 2005). 

Mr. Agawa practiced law with the law firms of Nishimura & Partners in Tokyo (1996 – 2002) and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo (1987 -1995). He is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and the District of Columbia. He was also with the legal department of Sony Corporation of Tokyo, Japan (1977 -1987). Mr. Agawa read law and graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1984. He also graduated, magna cum laude, from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University in 1977, after transferring from Keio University in 1975.

Mr. Agawa’s books include: A History of Constitutional Amendments and Other Changes in America (2016); American History through the United States Constitution (2004, 2013) (for which he received the Yomiuri-Yoshino Sakuzo Award in 2005); Manifest Destiny on the Seas? The Birth and Rise of Pax Americana (edited and coauthored) (2013); The Friendship on the Sea: the United States Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, (2001); and The Birth of an American Lawyer (1986). He is also a co-translator into Japanese of Paul Johnson’s A History of the Jews (1999, 2006). He frequently contributes to various journals and newspapers and engages in public speeches at various fora.

Mr. Agawa has also taught at, among others, the University of Virginia Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and Tokyo University. He currently sits on the board of councilors of the Suntory Foundation, the Nomura Foundation, and the United States-Japan Council as well as on the board of directors of the America-Japan Society. He serves on various occasions as advisor to the government of Japan. This includes his current membership of CULCON, a group that advises the Japanese and U.S. governments on matters related to cultural and educational exchanges.