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Satoshi Nakagawa

Satoshi Nakagawa
Executive Director

Before assuming his position at API in January 2020, Nakagawa was Chairman of the Association of Credit Rating Agencies in Asia (ACRAA). Over the course of his career, he has served in posts at the Export-Import Bank of Japan, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Japan’s Ministry of Finance, the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), Japan Credit Rating Agency, Ltd. (JCR), and ACRAA. He has strong expertise in sovereign risk assessment of emerging market economies in Asia, as well as rich experiences in managing international organizations. He also possesses a broad network of contacts within Asia.
He received an LL.B. from Keio University and a M.Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge.

Planning & External Relations, API
E-mail: back@apinitiative.org



Kay Kitazawa
APiF Executive Vice President and Senior Research Fellow

oversees the overall operation of several research projects at RJIF including Project Fukushima. She is a specialist in City Planning and Management, with expertise in measurement and analyses of pedestrian movement patterns at neighborhood scale. She advises prefectural governors and mayors in Japan for the formulation of Special Economic Zone plans. Before joining RJIF, her role at London School of Economics and Political Science involved developing international investigations on urban policies in the world’s growing metropolises. She has also worked as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) consultant for a number of commercial and research projects in the UK and EU as part of her PhD study at University College London.

Project: “Fukushima Investigation” “Japan’s lost decades” “Crisis Management”

Yoichi Kato
Senior Research Fellow
Adjunct Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Yoichi KATO joined Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation (RJIF) in January 2016, where he directs projects on diplomacy, security and strategy. Prior to joining RJIF, he was national security correspondent of the Asahi Shimbun and covered foreign policy and national security issues of Japan, Japan-U.S. alliance and the overall strategic issues in the Asia-Pacific region. He was bureau chief of Asahi’s American General Bureau in Washington, DC.
He was visiting scholar at the School of International Studies of Peking University, where he conducted a research on the strategic chemistry between the United States and China. He was also visiting fellow at both the Institute for National Strategic Studies of U.S. National Defense University (INSS/NDU) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. He taught national security strategy at Gakushuin University in Tokyo.
He earned his MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, U.S.A. and BA from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

Project:“U.S.- Japan Strategic Vision Program” “Japan-U.S. Military Statesmen Forum”

Jonathan Soble
Visiting Fellow

Jonathan Soble joined AP Initiative in 2018 after a 15-year career in journalism, during which he served as Tokyo correspondent for the New York Times and Tokyo bureau chief for the Financial Times. Born in Canada, he attended the University of Toronto and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Jonathan cultivated an interest in Japan as a high school and university exchange student, and later as a participant on the Japanese government’s Japan Exchange and Teaching program, in Kochi Prefecture. After graduating from Columbia with a Masters degree in journalism, he joined the Tokyo bureau of Dow Jones Newswires in 2002, and later moved to Reuters, the FT and the Times.

Project: “Galapagos Cool” “the World Economic Forum Fourth Industrial Revolution Japan Center”

Shin Oya

Shin Oya
Senior Consulting Fellow

Shin Oya received his B.A. in Law from Tohoku University, L.L.M. from Law School at Boston University, and M.Sc. in Finance from Business School at George Washington University. He joined Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) in 1991 and experienced various positions including Director, Asian Operation; Director, Oil and Gas Operation; Chief Representative for New Delhi office. Now he serves as Chief Representative for Strategic Research of JBIC.

Project: “U.S.- Japan Strategic Vision Program” “Japan-U.S. Military Statesmen Forum”

Jun Mukoyama

Jun Mukoyama

Jun Mukoyama joined AP Initiative in September 2019. Prior to AP Initiative, she served over 10 years as a business development and investment professional in Mitsubishi Corporation, one of the largest trading houses in Japan. She worked on financing and M&A transactions in infrastructure sector and spent 2 years at OMERS, a Canadian pension fund based in Toronto.
She holds B.A in Law, Political Science from Keio University, M.P.A from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. Nitobe Leadership Program Fellow.

Project: “’Social Implementation’ of The Fourth Industrial Revolution” “Policy Entrepreneurs’ Platform”

Adam Barton

Adam Barton
Visiting Fellow

Adam Barton is a visiting fellow at API. An educational researcher, Adam studies global education innovations. He is particularly interested in participatory design and the dynamics of social change.
Adam most recently designed and directed global citizenship programming for an educational nonprofit in Columbia, Maryland. Before this, he served as a junior researcher at the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution; there, he co-authored a book on the potential of education innovations, Leapfrogging Inequality. Adam has worked extensively in Brazil, Bolivia, and Washington, DC, as an English educator, ethnographic researcher, and language program director. He earned his bachelor’s from Georgetown University.
Adam joins API as a 2019-20 Luce Scholar.

Project: “’Social Implementation’ of The Fourth Industrial Revolution”

Ryosuke Kobayashi

Ryosuke Kobayashi

Ryosuke Kobayashi is an educational entreprenuer and a policy fellow. Ryosuke is the founder and CEO of HLAB, a Japanese educational social enterprise that designs and builds transformative programs, spaces and communities for peer-to-peer learning across borders. HLAB provides renowned residential liberal arts programs in multiple regions that have brought together 3,000+ students from 400+ schools across the globe; designs and operates independent residential colleges in the heart of Tokyo; offers 12-million-dollar-per-annum scholarship to promote youth exchange and public diplomacy; and provides consulting services for universities, foundations, and government entities.

Ryosuke also serves a Fellow of Asia Pacific Initiative, an Asia-based foreign policy think-tank. He studies and writes on public diplomacy and geopolitics of technologies, and splits his time between Tokyo, Boston, New York and D.C. Ryosuke also serves as a Head Teaching Fellow of Immersive Field Course at Harvard Business School.

Ryosuke is the youngest David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commissions (2014-); a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum (2015-); Son Masayoshi Fellow (2017-); and NIKKEI 25 under 25 (2012). Ryosuke was born and raised in Tokyo and holds A.B. in Government and Secondary Field in Economics from Harvard College (2014). He also completed Executive Program on Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford Business School (2017).

Project: “Geopolitics of AI”

Takashi Seto

Takashi Seto
Research Associate

Takashi Seto is a Research Associate at Asia Pacific Initiative. Prior to assuming this post, he also served as a Young Junior Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs from 2017 to 2018. His recent research interests include civil-military relations, technology and national security (including cybersecurity), as well as the linkage between European security and its implications to Asia-Pacific.
He graduated from Keio University (Faculty of Law) in 2016, with a major in international security, and acquired his M.A. from the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo in 2018.
As part of the Acceptable Intelligence with Responsibility research group, he has written the following upcoming works: “AI applications for Defense and National Security Overseas,” and with Arisa Ema, “AI applications for Security and Public Order in Japan,” in Arisa Ema eds, Perspective on Artificial Intelligence / Robotics and Work / Employment, to be published by the National Diet Library in July 2018.

Project:”Fukushima Investigation (10 Years After)” “Project Policy Entrepreneurship” “Civil-Military Relations”

Patrick Madaj

Patrick Madaj
Research Assistant

Patrick Madaj is Research Assistant to Yoichi Funabashi and Staff Director of the “Liberal International Order”.

He holds a Master of Arts (Asian Studies) from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. His internship experience includes work at the U.S. House of Representatives and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), among other institutions.
He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Japanese) and a Bachelor of Arts in International and Area Studies (International Security Studies) from the University of Oklahoma.

Project: “Liberal International Order (LIO)”