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Kan Suzuki

Former politician, Democratic Party of Japan

Kan Suzuki

Residency: Oct. 27 – Nov. 6, 2014

Public Talk: Oct. 30, 2014 on "Creating an Environment for Innovative Research and Industry Growth

Research Interests

  • Medical innovation in Japan
  • The Tokyo Olympics / Paralympics 2020 and future of Tokyo
  • Educational policy


Kan Suzuki holds professorships at both the Graduate School of Public Policy at The University of Tokyo and the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University. He has also served as a visiting researcher at the University of Sydney, part-time lecturer in policy studies at Chuo University and associate professor at Keio University’s Faculty of Environment and Information Studies.

Mr. Suzuki received his bachelor’s degree in law from The University of Tokyo in 1986 and worked at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). After leaving METI, he was a member of Japan’s House of Councilors for 12 years. He served two terms as senior vice minister of Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and is currently an executive committee member of the Japan Football Association.

Mr. Suzuki’s publications include “Advice on Deliberation Processes” (2013), “Policy Formulation Process in Japan’s Central Government” (1999) and “The Birth of the Voluntary Economy” (1998). During his residency, he will explore medical innovation in Japan, Tokyo and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and educational policy.


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Public Talk

Interview: Part 1

Interview: Part 2