Keizo TakemiKeizo Takemi(Date of Birth: November 5, 1951)

Former Senior Vice Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare
Former Member, House of Councillors
Former State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

In November 2007, Mr. Keizo Takemi was appointed research fellow at Harvard School of Public Health.He was menber of the House of the Councillors from 1995 to July 2007. He is the top losing candidate of the election of the House of Councillors in July 2007. In September 2006, Mr. Takemi was appointed Senior Vice-Minister for Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan, along with serving his second term as a member of the House of Councillors until July 2007. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Takemi assumed various responsibilities in the House, including Executive Member for the Committee on Health, Welfare and Labor, a Member for the Committee on Audit, Executive Member for Joint Meeting of Both Houses on the Reform of Pension and Other Social Security Systems, Executive Member for the Research Commission on the Constitution, and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense. In the LDP, He served as Deputy Chairman on the Medical Care Committee for Research of the Social Security System. He also served as Chairman of the Special Committee on Ocean Matters. Mr. Takemi is widely acknowledged as having great expertise on ODA and the United Nations system. In 2006, he worked as a member of Secretary-General's High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence in the areas of Development, Humanitarian Assistance and the Environment. In 1999, as a State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, he took the initiative to establish the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security. He was also a Member of the International Advisory Group for the 2005 UNDP Human Development Report on Regional Co-operation in Central Asia. He played a leading role in 2006 in restructuring Japanese ODA system and integrating Japan’s aid implementation functions (technical assistance, grant aid and yen loan) into JICA in 2008 as the Secretary General. ODA Reform Working Team in the LDP. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Faculty of Law, Keio University. Since 1995, he has been a Professor at the School of Political Science and Economics, Tokai University. He was also an anchor person on CNN Day Watch in Japan and a visiting scholar at Harvard University.


Date of Birth: November 5, 1951
1974 Keio University
1976 Keio University, Graduate School of Law, Master in Law
1976~77 Chinese Language Center, National Normal University, Taiwan
1978,1992~93 Visiting Scholar, Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University
1995~2007 Professor, Strategic Peace & International Affairs Research Institute, Tokai University
2007~ Professor, Research Institute of Science and Technology, Tokai University
1995~2007 Member, House of councillors LDP
1998~99 State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
2006~07 Senior Vice Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare
2007~ Research Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health