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Prof. Takashi Inoguchi, a Japanese political scientist specializing in international relations in the Asia Pacific region, was the Senior Vice-Rector of the United Nations University (UNU) at the rank of Assistant-Secretary-General. He was with the University from April 1995 to 1997.
Prior to his appointment at UNU, he was Professor of Political Science at the Institute of oriental Culture of the University of Tokyo, Prof. Inoguchi has also held research and teaching positions outside of Japan, including at the Universite de Geneve (1977-78), Harvard University (1984), Australian National University (1986), University of Delhi (1989), Aarhus University (199O), Johns Hopkins University (199O), Universitas Gadjah Mada (199O), the University of California, Berkeley (1993), and Beijing University (1993).
Prof. Inoguchi received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in International Relations from the University of Tokyo in 1966 and 1968 respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1974. From 1974 to 1977, he served as Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations, Sophia University, Tokyo, and in 1977 joined the Institute of oriental Culture, where he has been Professor of Political Science since 1988.
Prof. Inoguchi had been a member of the international advisory committees for the Australia-Japan Research Centre, the Australian National University and the East-West Center in Hawaii. He has served on editorial or advisory boards for such journals as World Politics, International organizations, the International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Japanese Studies, and the Review of International Studies. He also contributes to Japan's policy-making as a member of the Government's Economic Council, the Council for Stabilization of National Life and the Academic Council.
Prof. Inoguchi has published widely, writing or editing some 23 books in Japanese and English in the area of world affairs and international relations. Some of his more recent publications include. Global Change: An Analysis (in Japanese, Chikuma Shobo, 1994); Cotemporary Japanese Diplomacy (in Japanese, Chikuma Shobo, 1993); and Japan's Foreign Policy in an Era of Global Change (in English, Pinter Publishers, 1993).
Prof. Inoguchi was born in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, in 1944. He lives in Tokyo with his wife and twin daughters.