Kiyoaki Aburaki is managing director for Japan at BowerGroupAsia. Earlier Aburaki served with Keidanren, Japan’s most powerful business organization, for three decades. He covered international trade and investment, defense and aerospace industries, information technology, entrepreneurship, deregulation and data privacy. He also played a leading role in developing and implementing Keidanren’s political strategies.
Since 2013, Aburaki led Keidanren’s strategic international initiatives and worked closely with former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda to establish Japan’s Track 1.5 dialogues with the United States and China. The dialogues produced important results by strengthening the U.S.-Japan security and economic alliance and improving Japan’s political relations with China.
From 2010 to 2012, Aburaki represented Keidanren and its affiliated think tank, the 21st Century Public Policy Institute (21PPI), in Washington, DC. Here he played a key role in several projects at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) such as U.S.-Japan defense industrial cooperation and China’s competitiveness and its reliance on the U.S. and Japan.
Aburaki is Senior Associate of CSIS and a member of Technology and Security Taskforce, an expert group on national economic security. He obtained a Master of Science degree in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Keio University.