Visiting Fellow, International Economics
Nobuyuki Sato
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+44 (0)20 7314 3637


Nobuyuki Sato, or Nobu, became a visiting fellow with the International Economics Department in August 2015, on secondment from the Japanese Ministry of Finance. He first joined the ministry in 1988 and his experience includes G7 leaders and finance ministers meetings (1988-90), financial system and supervision (1992-94, 2010-12), free trade agreement negotiations with Singapore etc (2000-02) and cooperation with macroeconomic research institutions in emerging economies (2009-10). He has experienced overseas secondments, namely Christ’s College, Cambridge University (1990-92), the Japanese embassy in Singapore (1995-98), the OECD secretariat in Paris (2006-09), followed by Chatham House. He was on academic secondment as a professor at the Graduate School of Economics, Nagoya University (2012-15), where he developed pioneering activities on the Cool Japan initiative.    


  • Industry-academia-government collaboration
  • Cool Japan initiative as a means of high-value added growth strategy
  • Food and alcoholic beverage industry


2014 - presentChairman, Chubu-led Cool Japan Promotion Committee
2012-15Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Nagoya University 
2009-10Director for International Affairs, Policy Research Institute, Japanese Ministry of Finance 

Senior Outreach Advisor, Directorate for Financial and Enterprises Affairs, OECD

1995-98First Secretary, Japanese Embassy in Singapore
1997MA in Economics, Christ’s College, Cambridge University
1988BA in Law, University of Tokyo & joined Japanese Ministry of Finance 


Broadcast experience



  • Japanese (native)
  • English (broadcast standard)
  • French (not for broadcast)
  • ‘Enjoy Japanese Kokushu Project’  Journal of the Brewing Society of Japan 108(10), 700-706, 2013-10-15