Yukio Okamoto, a Tokyo-based business consultant and advisor, has been named the first Halle Distinguished Fellow of the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning at Emory University.

Mr. Okamoto, a well-known figure among U.S. foreign policy experts, served as a high-ranking official with the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more than two decades before leaving government service to begin his own consulting firm.  From 1996 until mid-1998, he also served then-Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto as special advisor on Okinawa.

He will participate in a variety of events at Emory from Feb. 12-19, and is to present a public lecture on the importance of continued political and economic partnership between the U.S. and Japan at the Goizueta Business School, Room 211, on Monday, Feb. 15, at 7:00 p.m.

The Claus M. Halle Institute, established in 1997, is committed to advancing internationalization at Emory and stimulating greater cooperation in international studies among the area’s educational institutions.  The Halle Fellows program is the newest initiative of the institute.

For more information, call Emory’s Office of International Affairs  at (404) 727-7504; fax, (404) 727-2772.