Satoshi Morimoto

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Satoshi Morimoto
森本 敏
Satoshi Morimoto at the Pentagon August 3, 2012 crop.jpg
Minister of Defense
In office
3 June 2012 – 26 December 2012
Prime MinisterYoshihiko Noda
Preceded byNaoki Tanaka
Succeeded byItsunori Onodera
Personal details
Born (1941-03-15) 15 March 1941 (age 78)
Tokyo, Japan
Political partyIndependent
Alma materNational Defense Academy of Japan
Tufts University
WebsiteOfficial webpage
Military service
Branch/service Japan Air Self-Defense Force
Years of service1965-1979
RankJASDF Major insignia (b).svg Major

Satoshi Morimoto (森本 敏, Morimoto Satoshi, born 15 March 1941) is a Japanese politician, 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[edit]

Morimoto was born in Tokyo on 15 March 1941.[1] He graduated from National Defense Academy of Japan in 1965. He received a master's degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in 1980.[2]


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).[1] 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. In 2016 he backs Chancellor of Takushoku University.

He served as an aide to then defense minister Yasukazu Hamada who served in Taro Aso's cabinet.[2] Morimoto was appointed defense minister on 3 June 2012 in a cabinet shuffle, replacing Tanaka Naoki.[3] He is the current Policy adviser to the Japanese Defens.e Minister

He was the first non-politician defense minister of Japan and third defense minister appointed to the Noda cabinet.[2][3] Morimoto is affiliated to the traditionalist lobby Nippon Kaigi.[4]

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.[5][citation needed]

He was instrumental in implementing the Three Principles (Transfer of Defence Equipment) policies in 2014, and the launch of Japan's only international defence trade show and conference, MAST Asia


  1. ^ a b "Noda Cabinet". The Japan Times. 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Simpson, James (3 June 2012). "Tanaka Out, Morimoto In: Noda's 3rd Defense Minister". Japan Security Watch. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b Wallace, Corey (3 June 2012). "Japan's New Defense Minister: Morimoto Satoshi". Japan Security Watch. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  4. ^ Nippon Kaigi website
  5. ^ "Satoshi MORIMOTO (The Cabinet) | Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet". Retrieved 24 January 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Naoki Tanaka
Minister of Defence
June–December 2012
Succeeded by
Itsunori Onodera