Mami Mizutori is Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures since 2011. The Institute is affiliated with the University of East Anglia where she is the Special Advisor for Japanese Studies.
Prior to joining the Institute, for twenty-seven years Mami worked for the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs where her last position was Budget Director for the Foreign Ministry. Previous posts have included being Director of the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) at the Embassy of Japan in London, Director of the National Security Policy Division, Director of the United Nations Policy Division, Director of the Status of US Forces Agreement Division, and Deputy Director of the Personnel Division. In addition to London, Mami served in Washington DC,, and Mexico City, Mexico.
Mami graduated in law from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo and obtained a Diploma in International Studies from the Diplomatic School of Spain, managed by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has taught courses on governance in East Asia at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and international studies at Waseda University, Tokyo. Mami is frequently called upon to participate in international conferences relating to such themes as cultural policies and East Asian diplomacy hosted by the Ditchley Foundation and similar international organisations. In addition, she is a member of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group, which meets annually in both countries and submits a formal set of recommendations to the Prime Ministers of the UK and Japan.
Mami writes on a wide variety of topics for contemporary Japanese media, including Monetary and Financial Affairs published by Jiji Press. She also analyses current affairs for several think tanks, including The Japan Research Institute, managed by a former senior Japanese diplomat. Recently, her work on public diplomacy in the UK was published in a volume produced by PHP Research Institute, and entitled ‘Public Diplomacy Strategy’. Mami Mizutori is a Managing Trustee of the Daiwa Anglo-Japan Foundation, and a Trustee of the Japan Society of the UK and the Association for Aid and Relief Japan. She serves as a non-executive Director of Fidelity Japanese Values PLC.
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