Today John Podesta, Chair and Counselor of the Center for American Progress, announced that former chairman and director of Airbus Japan K.K., Glen S. Fukushima, will be joining CAP’s National Security and International Policy team as a Senior Fellow. His work at CAP will focus on U.S.–Japan relations, U.S. foreign policy in East Asia, and international trade.
“Glen Fukushima has a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. His service in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, his strong business acumen, and his deep knowledge of Japan and East Asia give him an unparalleled perspective on issues facing U.S. policy in the Pacific, ” said John Podesta, Chair of the Center for American Progress. “We are happy to announce that Mr. Fukushima is bringing his knowledge and experience to our CAP team as we continue to tackle pressing issues in foreign policy and global trade.”
Fukushima previously worked as the senior vice president of Airbus SAS, and chairman and director of Airbus Japan K.K. Fukushima served two presidents at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, where he worked as deputy assistant USTR for Japan and China and director for Japanese Affairs. He is credited with opening Japanese markets in numerous sectors for U.S. exports during his time at USTR. After leaving government, Fukushima served as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and worked for four American companies, including time as president of the Japan operations of NCR Corporation, Cadence Design Systems, Inc., and Arthur D. Little, Inc., as well as vice president for International Affairs of AT&T.
Fukushima is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard University, where he received his J.D. and studied in the MBA and Ph.D. programs. His doctoral thesis examined the evolution of antitrust and competition policy in Japan from 1947 to 1982. He also studied in Japan at Keio University and at the University of Tokyo as a Fulbright Fellow. Fukushima has published numerous articles in both English and Japanese on topics ranging from political economy to international law, which have appeared in newspapers and journals such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Harvard Business Review, Asahi Evening News, and Japan Times. He is the author of three books in Japanese, The Politics of U.S. – Japan Trade Friction (Asahi Shimbunsha, 1992); A New Era in U.S. – Japan Relations? (Sekai Bunkasha, 1993); and How the Japanese Economy Can Revive by the Year 2001 (Bungei Shunju, 1999).