Visiting Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
TopicsAsian Security, Diplomacy, International Security, Nuclear Nonproliferation
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Taisuke (Tai) Mibae is visiting senior fellow with the Asia Security Initiative of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.
A career Japanese diplomat and Korea specialist, Taisuke (Tai) Mibae moved to the United States in late August 2017 to serve as a visiting senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and as a minister at the Embassy of Japan. Before arriving in Washington, DC, he served as a minister covering Korean affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Beijing (August 2015 - August 2017) and on the issue of abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korea as director of the Policy Planning Division in the Secretariat of the Headquarters for the Abduction Issue (August 2013 - August 2015).
From July 2011 to July 2013, Mibae worked at the Non-Proliferation, Science and Nuclear Energy Division, where he covered WMD proliferation (including the North Korean nuclear program) and the peaceful use of nuclear energy and nuclear security. Prior to this assignment, he worked at the Economic Affairs Bureau, where he assisted in preparations for the 2010 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Yokohama and the June 2011 Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), for which he helped to establish the framework for the agreement.
A fluent Korean speaker, Mibae served at the Japanese embassies in Seoul (December 1995 - January 1998) and in Washington, DC (January 2006 - January 2009) covering Korean affairs. He served as the principal deputy director of the Northeast Asia Division (Korea Desk) from September 2002 until December 2005, where he made several visits to Pyongyang and participated in the Six-Party Talks.
His other security experience includes participation in the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) at the National Security Policy Division (January 1998 - July 2000) and US Forces in Japan at the Status of US Forces Agreement Division (July 2001 - September 2002). He graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Tokyo and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991. He was awarded an MA from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1995.