Members

The Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN) has over one hundred members from eighteen countries across Asia and the Pacific, consisting of former political, diplomatic and military leaders, senior government officials, and scholars and opinion leaders. APLN aims to inform and energize public opinion, especially high-level policymakers, to take seriously the very real threats posed by nuclear weapons, and to do everything possible to achieve a world in which they are contained, diminished and eventually eliminated.

KAWAGUCHI Yoriko

KAWAGUCHI Yoriko

Professor at the Meiji Insitute for Global Affairs, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Kawaguchi Yoriko is a former Foreign Minister and Environment Minister of Japan. She also co-chaired the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.

Kawaguchi Yoriko is a former Foreign Minister and Environment Minister of Japan, and is now a Professor at the Meiji Institute for Global Affairs in Tokyo.

Ms. Kawaguchi served as Minister of the Environment between 2000 and 2002 and as Minister for Foreign Affairs between 2002 and 2004. Subsequently she was appointed as a Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, responsible for foreign affairs, before entering the House of Councillors (the upper house of the Diet) where she chaired the Standing Committee on Environment.

A former economist at the World Bank, she held the position of Minister in the Embassy of Japan, U.S.A., in 1990. Between 1992 and 1993 she was Director-General of Global Environmental Affairs at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry).

Together with former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans, Ms Kawaguchi co-chaired the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.

She holds a BA in international relations from the University of Tokyo and a master’s degree in economics from Yale University. She is also a recipient of the Wilbur Cross Medal, a Yale University award for distinguished public service.