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Ichiro ARAKI


Bachelor of Law, University of Tokyo (1983)

Master of Laws, University of California (Boalt Hall) School of Law, Berkeley (1988)

Master of Policy Science, Saitama University (1994)


Ichiro Araki teaches international economic law and trade policy at Yokohama National University in Japan. He joined the faculty in July 2003 as an associate professor and was promoted to full professor in April 2005. Before joining academia, he served as a government official for nearly 20 years. Professor Araki joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in 1983. During most of his career at MITI (later renamed METI), he was involved in multilateral economic affairs, including development assistance, intellectual property, environmental protection and multilateral trade negotiations. From 1995 to 1998, he served as legal affairs officer at the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization, a division primarily devoted to settlement of disputes among WTO members. From 2001 to 2003, he was director of research at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), an incorporated administrative agency affiliated with METI. Professor Araki has published a number of books and articles on international trade law in Japanese and English.

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