Dr. Satohiro Akimoto became President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA in January 2019. He brings to Sasakawa USA extensive experience in the areas of business, research, intellectual dialogue, and student exchanges between Japan and the United States.
Dr. Akimoto’s career has included roles at Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi International Corporation, Hughes Electronics, DirecTV Japan, Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications, Japan Society, Keidanren USA, and Mt. Fuji Dialogue.
Dr. Akimoto is a contributing writer for the Japan Times, associate fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in the UK, a contributing commentator for the Okazaki Institute in Japan, and a Japan Advisory Committee member of the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria.
Outside of the workplace, Dr. Akimoto has promoted student-athletes exchanges through football involving American and Japanese universities. He is executive advisor to the National Football Association. Dr. Akimoto has also worked as a producer and a co-screenplay writer on a feature length film, The Successor (1996). He also worked on documentary films.
Dr. Akimoto received a PhD in Sociology and a MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University and a BA in Law from Keio University. He also received a certificate in Russian studies from Leningrad State University (currently St. Petersburg State University). He has studied at London University in the UK and at Georgetown University.