Rui Matsukawa

Member of the House of Councilors
Liberal Democratic Party
Rui Matsukawa graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law and earned an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown. She joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993, where she won the Southern Bluefin Tuna Case at the International Court of Justice, negotiated free trade agreements with Thailand, Philippines, and other countries, and worked on the negotiations for disarmament as a first Secretary of the Japan Delegation to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. She was in charge of analysis of China and the Korean Peninsula in the Intelligence and Analysis Service. She also promoted cooperation between Japan, China, and South Korea as Counsellor of the Embassy of Japan in Korea.

In 2014, Ms. Matsukawa established WAW! (World Assembly for Women) to promote women’s empowerment and gender mainstreaming as the first Director of the Gender Mainstreaming Division in the Foreign Policy Bureau.

In 2016, she left MOFA, and was elected to represent Osaka in the House of Councilors.

Her current responsibilities in the House of Councillors include serving on the Committee on Financial Affairs, the Committee on Budget, the Special Committee on Okinawa and Northern Problems, and the Commission on the Constitution, Deputy Director General of the women’s department.