Sawako Takeuchi

advisor to Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; former President of Japan Cultural Institute, Paris


Born in 1952. PhD in Engineering (University of Tokyo) and Economics. Professor of Urasenke style of Japanese tea ceremony.
Graduated from Waseda University School of Law in 1975. She conducted research on Levi-Strauss and multiculturism at the French Institute of Applied Mathematics and Economics, after which she became Vice-President of the School of International Business at École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.
After returning to Japan, Dr. Takeuchi became Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo, Professor in the Faculty of Economics at Toyo University and then Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Engineering at Kyoto University.
In her role as Ambassador and Special Advisor to the Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she was involved in cultural diplomacy, and has experience working as a specialist in urban policy and applying cutting-edge technology to traditional craftsmanship at the World Bank.
As President of Japan Cultural Institute in Paris from 2011-2016, she worked vigorously to promote Japanese culture overseas. Due to her achievements, the French government conferred her with two chevalier medals, one for services rendered to France and L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.