Dr. TANAKA Akihiko is President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Before assuming the present post, he was President of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan.
Dr. Tanaka's career includes Professor of International Politics at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo (1998-2012, 2015-2017), President of JICA (2012-2015), Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo (2009-2012), Professor of Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo (2000-2012).
Dr. Tanaka's specialty is international politics. He obtained his bachelor's degree in International Relations at the University of Tokyo in 1977 and Ph.D. in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1981.
He has numerous books and articles on world politics and security issues in Japanese and English including "The New Middle Ages: The World System in the 21st Century" (Tokyo: The International House of Japan, 2002) and "Japan in Asia: Post-Cold-War Diplomacy" (Tokyo: Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture, 2017).
He received many honors and awards including the Medal with Purple Ribbon for his academic achievements in 2012.