Takakazu Kuriyama studied law at the University of Tokyo, passed the foreign service examination in 1953, and entered the Japanese foreign service the following year. He spent two years (195456) in the United States under the foreign service training program (Lawrence College and Amherst College). After serving in various posts at home and overseas, he became Ambassador to Malaysia (198587), Deputy Foreign Minister (198789), Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs (198991), and Ambassador to the U.S. (199295). Ambassador Kuriyama retired from the foreign service in 1996 and currently holds the title of Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also taught at Waseda University (19972002) and the International Christian University (19992002) as visiting professor.
The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies is honored to host Ambassador Kuriyama's visit to CMC as a Freeman Foundation Visiting Professor.