Heizo Takenaka is a professor of Faculty of Policy Management and director of the Global Security Research Institute at Keio University in Japan, and was formerly Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications (2005-2006). In his capacity as an economist and as part of his social activities, he also serves on several advisory boards and committees including: Senior Research Fellow, Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER); Director, Academyhills and Chairman, Pasona Group Inc.
He was named to the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum in 2007. Professor Takenaka’s research interest is in economic policy. Professor Takenaka received his B.A. in economics from Hitotsubashi University and his Ph.D in economics from Osaka University, and is the author of numerous books, including most recently “The Structural Reforms of the Koizumi Cabinet.”