Makoto Iyori is a career Japanese diplomat and Asia and Security specialist. He moved to the United States in October 2019 to serve as a visiting senior fellow with the Asia Security Initiative in the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

Iyori served as Director at the Secretariat of the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters, Cabinet Office in Tokyo, where he was responsible for the Japan’s United Nation’s Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) by the Self-Defense Forces and Japanese civilians. He also contributed as a National Security Secretariat (NSS) staff to the revision of the International Peace Cooperation Act, which was adopted, together with other Peace and Security legislation, in September 2015.

From January 2012 to July 2013, he was Director for Asian Regional Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Tokyo, which is responsible for Japan’s relations with ASEAN and other regional frameworks including Trilateral cooperation among China, South Korea and Japan.

He also served as the Deputy Chief of MOFA’s Okinawa Liason Office August 2010 – January 2012, where he devoted himself to coordinate between the US military forces stationed there and local governments.

He played an active role in packaging Japan’s Indian Ocean Tsunami Relief assistances (January 2005). He worked for the aftermath of Asian Financial Crisis, especially on Indonesia and Timor Leste (1998 – 1999) and was also involved in the Korean Peninsula Economic Development Organization (KEDO) project (1996 – 1997).

He served for Japanese Embassies in the Philippines (October 2015 – September 2019) and in Indonesia (August 2008 – July 2010).

He graduated from the Economic Faculty of the University of Tokyo and was awarded LLM at Cambridge University.