Natsuko Sakata

Natsuko Sakata

Counsellor, Embassy of Japan in the United States of America
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Research Project: The Impact of COVID-19 on Japan-U.S. Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region

Natsuko Sakata earned her LL.B. from the University of Tokyo and later received her LL.M. from the New York University School of Law. She most recently served as Counsellor at the Japan Economic Revitalization Bureau of the Cabinet Secretariat. She has served in Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) since 1995, and her previous positions include Assistant Press Secretary for the International Press Division, Director of the International Peace Cooperation Division, Counsellor at the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia, and First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan in Canada. She has also completed a one-year graduate program in foreign studies at Georgetown University. During the 2020-21 academic year, Ms. Sakata will examine major impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Japan-U.S. cooperation, with a special focus on the strategies and visions for the Indo-Pacific region. 

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