|Minister of Defense|
3 June 2012 – 26 December 2012
|Prime Minister||Yoshihiko Noda|
|Preceded by||Naoki Tanaka|
|Succeeded by||Itsunori Onodera|
15 March 1941 |
|Political party||None (Independent)|
|Alma mater||National Defense Academy of Japan
|Website||Official personal page|
Satoshi Morimoto (森本 敏 Morimoto Satoshi?, born 15 March 1941) is a Japanese scholar and critic specializing in international politics and national security. He was Minister of Defense from July to December 2012, and is professor at Takushoku University and member of the Congressional Forum for New Japan.
Early life and education
After graduation, Morimoto served with Japan Air Self-Defense Force until 1979 when he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.In 1992, he left the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and became a chief researcher at Nomura Research Institute (from 1992 to 2001). After teaching at several universities and graduate schools in Japan, Morimoto became a professor at Takushoku University (International Studies). In 2005, he became the head manager of Institute of World Studies at Takushoku University.
He served as an aide to then defense minister Yasukazu Hamada who served in Taro Aso's cabinet. Morimoto was appointed defense minister on 3 June 2012 in a cabinet shuffle, replacing Tanaka Naoki. He was the first non-politician defense minister of Japan and third defense minister appointed to the Noda cabinet. Morimoto is affiliated to the openly revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi.
As an international political scientists, specialised in National Security, he has attended a number of expert committees and advisory councils held by the Japanese government.
- "Noda Cabinet". The Japan Times. 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- Simpson, James (3 June 2012). "Tanaka Out, Morimoto In: Noda’s 3rd Defense Minister". Japan Security Watch. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- Wallace, Corey (3 June 2012). "Japan’s New Defense Minister: Morimoto Satoshi". Japan Security Watch. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- Nippon Kaigi website
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