SIT Graduate Institute Alumna Named to Japanese Cabinet

The School for International Training congratulates alumna Haruko Arimura, PhD, on her appointment to the Japanese Cabinet as the new minister in charge of promoting women.

“Ari is an incredibly intelligent, thoughtful, and culturally capable person, someone who cares greatly about education,” said John Lucas, SIT provost and a classmate of Arimura. “She distinguished herself as a classmate as an incredibly warm, approachable and diplomatic person with a keen intellect. She was a wonderful colleague and she is a true leader. I am delighted at her appointment.”

Arimura is one of five women recently appointed to the Cabinet by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in order to improve gender equality within the Japanese government.

Mark Rebstock, who also studied at SIT with Arimura, said “Ari was a delightful classmate, colleague, and friend. It's always inspiring to think of a former colleague and friend who has gone on to do positions of accomplishment. And with Ari, it is heartening to think that she will bring some of her SIT education and preparation to the task of advancing women's participation in government in Japan.”

Arimura earned a master’s degree from SIT Graduate Institute in 1994. She also has a bachelor’s degree from the International Christian University and a doctorate in international business from Aoyama Gakuin University, both in Tokyo. She was first elected in 2001 and served as a member of the House of Councillors.

Posted by: on September 12, 2014