Born 1931. Mr. Dini served as Prime Minister of Italy from 1995 to 1996 and Foreign Minister from 1996 to 2001. He was elected Member of Parliament in 1996 and was Senator from 2001 to 2013. Before going into politics, he held important posts at IMF and other international organizations.
Born 1944. Lord Patten of Barnes, became a Member of Parliament in 1979, then cabinet minister and Chairman of the Conservative Party. In 1992 he accepted the post of British Governor of Hong Kong, a post that came to an end when Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in July 1997. From 2000 to 2004 he served as one of Britain's two members of the European Commission. After leaving that post, he returned to the UK and was made a peer in 2005. He is currently Chancellor of the University of Oxford.
Born 1940. Prof. Dr. h. c. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann was appointed in 1998 to the post of President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, one of the world's largest cultural institutions with its sixteen museums, the State Library and numerous research institutes. He played a major part in restroring and completing the Museum Island Berlin on the basis of a comprehensive master plan, meanwhile it is UNESCO world heritage. He served as President of the Geothe-Institut from 2008 to 2020.
Born 1948. Mr. Raffarin was Prime Minister of President Jacques Chirac from May 2002 to May 2005. In 2002 he founded a center-right political party, UMP. He served as Vice-president of the Senate from 2011 to 2014. In 2014, he became President of the Senate Committee of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces. He is also President of the annual France-China Committee Forum. He retired from politics in 2017.
Born 1954. Mr. Abe was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1993 and has been elected ten times. He became the 90th Prime Minister of Japan in 2006. In 2012, he was re-elected as the 96th Prime Minister and served for the longest tenure in Japan's history, until his resignation as the 98th Prime Minister in September 2020.
David Rockefeller Jr.
Born 1941. Mr. Rockefeller is the former chairman of Rockefeller & Company and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science, and a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He served as International Advisor from 1991 to 2000.
Born 1936. Mr. Pinault is a French entrepreneur who founded the retail and luxury group PPR, which owns the Gucci Group. He is one of the world's leading collectors of contemporary art and currently President of the François Pinault Foundation for Contemporary Art, which owns museums such as Punta della Dogana and Pallazzo Grassi in Venice.
William H. Luers
Born 1929. The former President of the United Nations Association of the USA, and the former President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, after a long career in the Foreign Service, including serving as U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia and Venezuela. He retired as International Advisor at the end of October 2018 and became an Honorary Advisor.
Former International Advisors
Caroline Kennedy (USA)
Born 1957. Ms. Kennedy served as the first female U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017. She is the Honorary President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and Director of the United States-Japan Foundation. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from Harvard University and a JD from Columbia Law School. She served as International Advisor from November 2018 to August 2021.
Amintore Fanfani (Italy) 1908-1999
Mr. Fanfani served as Prime Minister of Italy six times between 1960 and 1987. He served as president of the Senate for a total of 14 years. He served as International Advisor from 1988 to 1995.
Umberto Agnelli (Italy) 1934-2004
Mr. Agnelli was Chairman of Fiat Ltd. He co-chaired the Italy-Japan Association and the Italy-Japan Business Group. He was also honorary chairman of the Juventus football team. He served as International Advisor from 1996 to 2004.
Edward Heath (U.K.) 1916-2005
Sir Edward served as Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1970 to 1974. He was the first British Prime Minister to visit Japan. He was passionate about music and frequently conducted orchestras as skilled amateur. He served as International Advisor from 1988 to 2005.
Raymond Barre (France)1924-2007
Mr. Barre served as Prime Minister of France from 1976 to 1981 and as Mayor of Lyon from 1995 to 2001. He has also served as deputy of the National Assembly since 1981 to 2002. He served as International Advisor from 1995 to 2007.
Otto Graf Lambsdorff (Germany) 1926-2009
Dr. Graf Lambsdorff served as Member of the German Bundestag from 1972 to 1998 and as German Federal Minister of Economic Affairs from 1977 to 1984. He was European Chairman of the Trilateral Commission from 1992 to 2001 and Chairman of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation from 1995 to 2006. He served as International Advisor from 2007 to 2009.
Richard von Weizsäcker (Germany) 1920-2015
Dr. von Weizsäcker served as member of the Bundestag from 1969 to 1981, and as Governing Mayor of Berlin from 1981 to 1984. He was elected to President of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1984 to 1994 and became the first President of the unified Germany. He served as International Advisor from 1999 to 2006 and as Honorary Advisor from 2007 to 2015.
Helmut Schmidt (Germany) 1918-2015
Mr. Schmidt held the post of Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1974 to 1982. He was also Vice Chairman of the Social Democratic Party from 1968 to 1984. Since 1985 he was a publisher of the Newspaper Die Zeit. He served as International Advisor from 1988 to 1998 and as Honorary Advisor from 1998 to 2015.
David Rockefeller (USA) 1915-2017
Mr. Rockefeller retired as Chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank in 1981. In 1973, Mr.Rockefeller helped found the Trilateral Commission, and he was Honorary Chairman of the Japan Society. He served as International Advisor from 1988 to 1990 and as Honorary Advisor from 1990 to 2017.
Jacques Chirac (France) 1932-2019
Mr. Chirac held the post of Prime Minister of France from 1974 to 1976, and again from 1986 to 1988. He served as Mayor of Paris continuously from 1977 to 1995, and served as President of the Republic of France from 1995 to 2007. He served as International Advisor from 1988 to 1994 and as Honorary Advisor from 1995 to 2019.
Yasuhiro Nakasone (Japan) 1918-2019
Mr. Nakasone served as Prime Minister of Japan from 1982 to 1987. He celebrated his 50th anniversary as Member of the Diet in 1997, and retired from the Diet in 2003. He is a recipient of the Grand Cordon and Collar of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum. He served as International Advisor from 1994 to 2018 and as Honorary Advisor in 2019.