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Torkel Patterson

Torkel Patterson

Distinguished Senior Fellow (Non-Resident)

Mr. Torkel Patterson is Director of Central Japan Railway Company and concurrently Vice Chairman of the International High-Speed Rail Association. While in the U.S. Navy, he worked for President George Herbert Walker Bush on the National Security Council (NSC) staff as Director of Asian Affairs (Japan and Korea). After retirement from the Navy, Mr. Patterson was a political appointee as NSC Senior Director and Special Assistant for Asia for President George W. Bush; later the Senior Advisor for Senator Howard Baker when Senator Baker was ambassador to Japan; and a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia. He also served with Raytheon Company, including as Country Manager for Japan and Taiwan and more than five years as President of Raytheon International Inc. He is a member of the board of the Olmsted Foundation, Pacific Forum, Global Insight Corporation, and the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies. He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and was Olmsted Scholar at Tsukuba University, Japan.

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