Yoriko Kawaguchi - Member of the House of Councillors, Japan
The Graduate School’s highest honor, the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal is presented to its most outstanding alumni in recognition of distinguished achievements in scholarship, teaching, academic administration and public service–all areas in which the legendary Dean Cross excelled.
On October 7, 2008, Yoriko Kawaguchi is to be one of five distinguished Graduate School alumni to receive the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal. Ms. Kawaguchi holds a B.A. in international relations from the University of Tokyo and a master’s in economics from Yale University. She served as Japan’s minister of the environment from 2000 until 2002 and as foreign minister from February 2002 until September 2004. In July 2008, Kawaguchi was appointed co-chair (with former Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gareth Evans) of the new International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.