kotaro Tamura
Kotaro Tamura
Asia Fellow; Chairman, Japan Intelligence Initiative; Former Senator and Parliamentary Secretary
Asia, China, Public Policy, Regulation


Kotaro Tamura is an Asia fellow at the Milken Institute and a former senator and parliamentary secretary in charge of economic and fiscal policy in Japan’s Cabinet Office. Tamura, a best-selling author, writes about globalization and Japanese fiscal policy and business practices. He is chairman of the Japan Intelligence Initiative, a private consulting firm. Tamura also serves as an adjunct professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore and is a senior advisor to the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai.

Tamura served in Japan’s Upper House, or Senate, for eight years. During his appointment to the Cabinet Office, he advised the prime minister on fiscal and economic policy and was chairman of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. In the Senate, he was in charge of development aid to emerging countries. The author of 10 books, Tamura has been a senior fellow at Yale University and RAND Corp. and was a research associate at Harvard University. He has lectured at Duke University School of Law School and Keio University Law School in Tokyo.

Before entering politics, Tamura worked as an investment banker and was chief executive officer of the Osaka Daily News.

Tamura earned a bachelor's degree at Waseda University, an M.B.A. from Keio University, a master of laws degree from the Duke University and master's in economics from Yale. He completed advanced management studies at the University of Oxford and the executive management program at the University of Tokyo.