Taro Hayashi is a Japan Chair Fellow at Hudson Institute. His research areas include Japanese defense strategy and U.S.-Japan defense cooperation.
Prior to joining Hudson, he was a deputy director at Defense Policy Division and Strategic Planning Division, Ministry of Defense, Japan. There he was in charge of drafting the National Defense Program Guidelines (a 10-year defense strategy) and developing strategically important programs, including Aegis Ashore, stand-off missiles, and refurbishment of Izumo-class destroyers.
Taro received his bachelor’s degree (Law) from University of Tokyo, master’s degree (International Relations) from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, and Juris Doctor’s degree with valedictorian from University of Tsukuba.