Naofumi Hashimoto joined the Japanese Foreign Ministry in 1985. His career has been focused on the Middle East, with overseas service in Damascus (1986-88), Abu Dhabi(1989-91), Kuwait(2001-03), Baghdad(2008-09), Tel Aviv(2009) and Ramallah (2010-12). Before joining MEI as a scholar in September 2012, Hashimoto spent two years living in Ramallah as the Japanese Representative to Palestinian Authority. In that capacity, he supported the PA's statebuilding efforts with a strong focus on private sector development to help consolidate the economic basis for the future state.
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