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 stand-off missiles, Space Situational Awareness system, and refurbishment of Izumo-class destroyers.
Taro received his master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Juris Doctor’s degree with valedictorian honors from University of Tsukuba, and LL.M. degree with the Thomas Bradbury Chetwood, S.J. Prize for the highest academic average from Georgetown University.