Kotaro Tamura

Former Senator


Kotaro Tamura was a Senator and Parliamentary Secretary for Economic and Fiscal Policy in Japan during the first Abe administration in 2006-2007. He was a Senior Fellow at Yale University and RAND Corporation, and a Research Associate at Harvard University. During his public service, Tamura was also Chairman of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. He is an advocate and principal initiator of establishing a sovereign wealth fund for Japan. Before entering politics, he was an investment banker and CEO of the Nihonkai Shimbun newspaper company. He is also the owner of F-one, the largest supplier of custom-made business suits in Japan.

Tamura serves as Senior Advisor to the China Europe International Business School and is an Honorary Associate at the National University of Singapore. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Waseda University, an M.B.A. from Keio University, a J.D. from the Duke University School of Law, and a Master’s degree in Economics from Yale and the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He also completed Advanced Management Studies at the University of Oxford and the Executive Management Program at the University of Tokyo. He is the very first politician in Japan to become a leading character of the Harvard Business School case.