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Nao Matsukata

Adjunct Lecturer in Japan Studies

  • Campus Location: Washington DC


Nao Matsukata is an adjunct lecturer of Japan Studies. He is the Chief Executive Officer of a digital and strategic communications advisory firm and has a combination of private, public, and academic sector experience with global multinationals, the US government, and major universities. Previously, he was the SVP for Global Policy and External Affairs for one of the world’s largest global pharmaceutical companies. He also led the business practice groups at two major global law firms, where he advised multinational corporations and major alternative investment funds. Dr. Matsukata’s public sector experience includes senior positions in the executive and legislative branches of the US government. He served as the Policy Planning Director for the United States Trade Representative and led negotiations on GMOs and other key bilateral and regional issues. He also served as a Senior Policy Advisor to a national vice presidential candidate in the 2000 general election and served in the same advisory capacity to a United States Senator.

Dr. Matsukata has published widely on global policy issues and regularly participates in high-level policy discussions. Most recently, he served on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy in the Digital Age. His writings have appeared in The Washington PostThe Financial TimesThe Wall Street JournalCNNPoliticoThe Hill, the Asahi Shimbun, the Yomiuri Shimbun, and other major Asian and European publications. He has appeared on Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN and on radio with National Public Radio. Dr. Matsukata has taught at Harvard University and has served as a Trustee for the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts and the Nishimachi International School in Tokyo, Japan. He currently serves as an elected member of a local affiliate board for USA Hockey. He received his PhD in history from Harvard University.



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