Board of Overseers


Midori Kaneko
Director, Public Relations
Amazon Japan G.K.

"Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is a unique place in Japan where the kind of leadership that is highly valued in today's environment is nurtured. Globalization is here now, however, many countries including Japan are struggling to develop quality leaders who can face our rapidly evolving challenges. These challenges include poverty, diseases, human-rights, education, the environment, and food, to name but a few, and they must be tackled through the collaborative effort of multiple nations. Students and graduates of TUJ have already built a strong foundation upon which to become a global leader because of its diversity of students from over 50 countries, the quality of faculty and staff, and the way in which students learn to communicate with those who come from diverse cultures. The Board is committed to support bringing many more people to come and learn at this great institution. If you have any suggestions, please write to us!"

Regular Members

Laurence W. Bates
Executive Officer, General Counsel, Chief Risk Officer and Chief Compliance Officer
Panasonic Corporation

Laurence W. Bates is Executive Officer, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Risk Officer of Panasonic Corporation, based in Osaka and resident in Tokyo. As of June 28, he became the first non-Japanese to be elevated to Panasonic’s Board of Directors, in the 100-year history of the company. In this capacity, he has overall responsibility for Panasonic’s legal affairs globally and in Japan, and oversees an organization of 500 people.

Bates was originally admitted to the New York Bar in 1987, where he started his career engaged in corporate transactions with the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He has spent the past 31 years working in the legal profession in Japan, China and Hong Kong. At GE, where he spent 22 years of his career, he served in key legal leadership positions in the Asia region, including as General Counsel for each of GE Medical Systems Asia, GE Capital Japan and GE Japan. Immediately prior to joining Panasonic this year, Bates held the position of Senior Managing Director, Executive Officer and General Counsel of LIXIL Group Corporation, based in Tokyo, for four years.

While at GE, Bates was deeply involved as an advocate for the interests of the international business community in Japan, and served in various leadership positions at the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, including six years as a member of the Board of Governors, and as President in 2013. In addition, he has served as a director or auditor of other non-profits, including currently Asia Catalyst, a New York-based group focusing on the health needs of marginalized sex workers in Asia, and EMA Japan, a Japan non-profit dedicated to raising awareness of the issues around LGBT marriage equality.

Bates earned his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, with a dual major in Chinese studies and economics, and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. In addition, he studied Japanese while at Harvard, and spent a year at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo, as well as another year as a Fulbright Senior Professional Research Grant in the law faculty at Tokyo University, where he co-taught a course--in Japanese--on international investment law. Fluent in Chinese as well, Bates spent two years in the early 1980s, as a Yale-China Association teaching fellow, at Wuhan University, in China. Long having held a strong interest in educational matters, Bates was elected, while at Yale, as the then youngest board of education member in Connecticut, serving on the local board in his hometown of Stonington.

Mark J. Davidson
Director, Government & External Affairs
Amway Japan G.K.

"My horizons were greatly widened, and my life permanently enriched, by two terms studying abroad as an undergraduate. Later, as a career U.S. diplomat focusing on Japan for nearly three decades, and as Chair of the U.S.-Japan Educational (Fulbright) Commission, I sought to promote mutual understanding between our two nations -- and to expand opportunities for our young people to benefit from an international education just as I did. Now, as a Tokyo-based business executive, I want to help develop the “global human resources” that Japan needs to prosper in the 21st century.

Over the years, no institution has done more than TUJ to provide a world-class U.S.-style education in Japan. TUJ, with its unwavering dedication to excellence in academics, research, arts, community service, and global education, has truly embodied the University’s motto, Perseverantia Vincit, or “Perseverance Conquers”.

Today, more than ever, students need the kind of rigorous curriculum and critical thinking skills that TUJ imparts. And today, more than ever, the world needs the kind of curious, confident, and culturally astute leaders that TUJ produces.

I am honored to serve on the Board of Overseers. I will do my best to support TUJ’s noble – and vitally important – mission."

Etsuo Doi
Partner (Attorney-at-law admitted in Japan and in New York)
Foley & Lardner LLP

"It has been said these days that a majority of young Japanese people are becoming domestic minded and do not want to study or work abroad. This tendency should be a serious concern for Japanese society but is a great thing for TUJ students. The more Japanese society becomes inward looking, the more valuable TUJ students will be. As Japan needs more and more young people who understand different culture and think globally, I foresee a bright future for TUJ students and alumni who will contribute even more to Japanese society. I am proud of the Temple University students and alumni pursuing this path with 'challenge spirit'."

Ernest M. Higa
Chairman, President & CEO
Higa Industries Co., Ltd.

Ernest Higa is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Higa Industries Co. Ltd, and Chief Executive Officer of Wendy’s Japan LLC.

He is a member of Keizai Doyukai, Japan Association of Corporate Executives, an Outside Director of Shinsei Bank, Limited, a Member of the Board of The Tokyo New Business Conference, a Non-Executive Director at JC Comsa Corporation, and a Member of the International Board of Chief Executives Organization.

Mr. Higa also serves on the Advisory Board of the Asian Cultural Council Japan and is a Member of the Board of Councilors of the US-Japan Council. He is a Visiting Professor at Nihon University, a Member of the Board of the Wo Center at Punahou School in Hawaii, a Member of the Board of Trustees of the American School in Japan, a Member of Board of Overseers at Columbia Business School, and a Member of the Board of Trustees at Showa Women’s University.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mr. Higa is a graduate of the American School in Japan. He holds a BS from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.

In 1990, Mr. Higa was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Japanese semi-governmental organization New Business Conference, and in 1998 he received an award from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Jason Hyland
Representative Officer and President
MGM Resorts Japan LLC

Jason P. Hyland is the Representative Officer and President of MGM Resorts Japan, where he is responsible for managing the Company’s operations while enhancing its relations with the Japanese community.

Jason Hyland has held various leadership roles around the world, throughout Asia and most recently in Japan. Prior to joining MGM Resorts Japan in August 2017, Hyland served as the Charges d’Affaires for the US Embassy Tokyo from January 18 until July 31, 2017. He had been Ambassador Caroline Kennedy’s Deputy from July 2014 until her departure in January 2017.

Mr. Hyland has worked and studied in Asia for more than 17 years, including 14 in Japan. He has lived in Tokyo, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Osaka, and speaks and reads Japanese at the near-native level.

As Charge d’Affaires and as Deputy Chief of Mission at US Mission Japan, he supervised more than 700 employees, five consulates and a language school, engaging daily with the most senior officials in government, business and academia. In his tenure at the US Mission, he oversaw American participation in the G7 Summit, President Obama`s historic visit to Hiroshima, and the revision of US-Japan Defense Guidelines.

Hyland is respected as a diplomat, senior leader and manager, and expert on cross-cultural issues, and is grounded in foreign affairs from study at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, The National War College, University of California, Berkeley, the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies and as Visiting Foreign Scholar at the University of Tokyo. He has received numerous awards from the Department of State, including Superior Honor Awards, Meritorious Honor Awards, the Expeditionary Service Award and the Sinclaire Language Award.

Akihiko Kubo
Managing Director, North Asia, Representative Director, Japan
Williams Lea Tag Japan

"Like products and services, learning institutions and academies also need strong brands to distinguish themselves among a crowd of competitors. However, such stand-out brands can only be created using well-designed, well-executed marketing strategies. I am excited to be able to contribute to the branding / marketing challenge that lies ahead for TUJ."

Paul Kuo
Edinburgh Enterprises

Paul Kuo is CEO of Edinburgh Enterprise. He is a private investor focused on advising, mentoring and investing in venture capital start-ups. He worked at Credit Suisse between 1994 and 2012 and served as Japanese CEO and member of its Global Operating Committee. Prior to that he worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. for 8 years both in New York City and Tokyo.

As a long-standing member of the financial services community in Japan, Kuo also serves many roles within the industry. He was Board Member of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, as well as the Tokyo Financial Exchange. As the Chairman of the International Bankers Associations, he represented the foreign banking community in advocating financial reforms in the Japanese capital markets. He was a member of the Strategy Council of the Japan Securities Dealers Association as well as various government study groups on financial sector reforms.

He is also currently a Board Member of Endeavor Japan, Chairman of St. Mary’s Alumni Association, Board Member of Hands On Tokyo, as well as Board Member of Sushiro Global Holdings.

Kuo attended Tufts University where he majored in Economics and graduated in 1984. He received his MBA from Columbia Graduate School of Business in 1986.

Norishige Morimoto
Vice President
IBM Research and Development, Japan
IBM Japan, Ltd.

Norishige (Noly) Morimoto graduated with BS of Electrical Engineering from Keio University and joined IBM Yamato Laboratory in 1987 as a hardware engineer.

After he earned a Master of Science in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he joined IBM Research-Tokyo (TRL) in 1995. Between 1996 and 2002, he led multiple research projects such as Digital Watermarking, Digital Rights Management, and Mobile Computing. In 2004 he led a company wide collaborative project between IBM Research and IBM Business Consulting Services (IBCS) called On-Demand Innovation Services (ODIS) and worked as a managing consultant at IBCS to deliver new technology to clients and consulted innovation management process to various companies.

In 2005 he returned to research to lead hardware research group and in 2006 he was appointed to be an Executive Assistant to Dr. John E Kelly, Senior VP of IBM Research, at Watson Research Center, NY. In 2008, Noly led the work to expand the global IBM research network to growth countries, and in 2009, he was appointed to Director of IBM Research-Tokyo.

In 2015, Noly took a new position as VP & CTO in IBM Asia Pacific stationed in Singapore, and in 2017, he was appointed as VP of IBM Research & Development in Japan. Noly has more than 20 patents in digital watermarking and copyright protection, and several publications in the area of innovation management.

Yoshio Murakami
Advisor, New York Times International Edition in Japan and former Board Director of Asahi Shimbun

"Through a long career as a journalist specializing in international affairs, I have come to believe that imparting knowledge about other countries to young people and encouraging them to acquire the attitudes and skills needed to thrive in cultures other than their own should be our highest priority.

I first became acquainted with TUJ some 10 years ago, when, as a board member of the Asahi Shimbun, I was discussing with TUJ an opportunity to participate in the publication, in English, of the Asahi's famous current affairs and arts journal, The Japan Quarterly. Since that time, I have been convinced that TUJ is one of the most suitable places for young people of diverse backgrounds and nationalities to learn empirically about the world they will enter on graduation as full-fledged members of society. I need not go into detail about the reasons why except to say that the English language education and the American college degree which TUJ endows function as a veritable "driver's license," a must have for those who wish to make their way in the international community. I am sad to say that at this time no Japanese university can do the same.

As a board member, I would like to contribute through my journalistic and other networks to make the opportunities that TUJ offers through high quality English language education better known both in Japan and abroad."

Akiko Yamakawa
Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo

"I am honored to serve as a member of the Board of Overseers of TUJ. As a Japanese bengoshi lawyer, I work with many talented people who work at global companies and feel that there is an increasing demand for good talent with a truly international mindset. I believe that TUJ is the perfect place to educate fresh international talent and am delighted to be able to contribute to this great institution."

Toshiaki Yokozawa
President & CEO
Asahi-Ecocarry Inc.

"It is my great honor to serve on the Board of Overseers of Temple University Japan Campus in the year of its 30th anniversary. I went to TUJ from 1988 to 1990, then, transferred myself to the main campus in 1990 and got a degree in 1992. I really feel honored to be the first board member who studied at TUJ. As a person who actually attended classes at TUJ, I believe that I can see things from the students' point of view to make suggestions on various matters at TUJ.

Nowadays, major Japanese companies hire a great number of new foreign graduates to seek further economic success internationally. Companies are looking for new graduates who can speak foreign languages fluently and work hard to compete in the world. At TUJ there are students from more than 60 countries. TUJ students study hard to get what they want to achieve, while most students at Japanese universities spend years of college in doing club activities or interviewing for jobs. TUJ is the most prominent educational institution in Japan which can provide students with skills and experiences necessary to the current companies' needs.

I would like to contribute to TUJ for its further success."

Emeritus Members

Karen Hill Anton
Principal Consultant, KHA Associates
William Bishop Jr.
Former Director, Corporate Affairs, Nippon Becton Dickinson Company Ltd.
Jasper Cheung
President, Amazon Japan G.K.
Hiroshi Matsumoto
Former Advisor, International House of Japan
Koji Shimada
President, KLT Management
Robert A. Siedell
Former President, American Express International, Inc. (Japan)
Yasutoyo Murakami
President, CEO, Hyponex Japan Corp., Ltd.

Supporting Members

Tadatoshi Akiba
Former National Chair, AFS International Program
Ronald J. Anderson
Senior Vice President - External Relations,
American International Group, Inc
Julia Chang Bloch
Ambassador, The US-China Education Trust Office
Koichi Danno
Director & Board member, GreenARM Co., Ltd.
Hiroyuki Hosoda
Member of the House of Representatives
Hisao Ikegami
Visiting Professor, Tokyo Gakugei University and former Senior Advisor, President's Office, The University of Tokyo
Masahisa Naitoh
Special Advisor, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan
Robert M. Orr
U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank
Allan D. Smith
Chief Executive Officer, RGA Reinsurance Company Japan Branch
Dennis T. Yasutomo
Professor of Government,
Director, East Asian Studies Program, Smith College

Note: TUJ's Board of Overseers is not equivalent to the Board of Trustees which is legally responsible for the entire management of the university's business and affairs.