Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi

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Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi (山口 壮?, Yamaguchi Tsuyoshi, born October 3, 1954) is a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Aioi, Hyōgo and 1978 graduate of the faculty of law at the University of Tokyo, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1979 and received a Ph.D from SAIS at The Johns Hopkins University in the United States while an attache to the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.

Yamaguchi served in several bureaus of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Tokyo, as well as the Japan Defense Agency during the period 1982 to 1989. Between 1989 and 1995 he held three positions as First Secretary—in the Embassies of Japan in China, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom, respectively. In October 1995, he resigned from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Yamaguchi was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 2000. He was re-elected in 2005 and again in 2009. In September 2011, he became Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs (a member of the Noda Cabinet).

He studied for his master's degree at SAIS in Washington, D.C. beginning in the fall of 1980 through the spring of 1982 and completed his doctoral dissertation and received his PhD thereafter. His PhD adviser was Nathaniel B. Thayer, Yasuhiro Nakasone Professor and senior adviser to the Reischauer Center at SAIS. A strong interest of Yamaguchi's that figured prominently in his master's thesis and doctoral dissertation was the evolution of U.S.-Japanese relations in the modern era. The dissertation is titled "The Making of an Alliance: Japan’s Alliance Policy 1945-1952."

Yamaguchi is an only child who was raised by his father—a dentist—and his father's sister. He excelled as a tennis star in his student years and has been avid player since. He also enjoys skiing. When living in the U.S., he took up golf. Years prior to pursuing his political ambitions, Yamaguchi took a keen interest in politics and dreamed of serving his country as an elected official. He was an ardent admirer of Ronald Reagan, who was serving as U.S. President during Yamaguchi's student years in Washington, D.C.

Yamaguchi is married and has two daughters.

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