Masanori Nishi has been a Special Adviser to the Minister of Defense since August of 2017 till October of 2018 after holding the role previously from 2015-2016. Mr. Nishi has held numerous roles at the Ministry of Defense such as Director General of the Bureau of Finance and Equipment, Director General of the Bureau of Defense Policy. As an Administrative Vice Minister of Defense, he examined the promotion of the defense industry and procurement system, reconsidered traditional Three Principles on Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology, introduced F-35, coordinated the submarine export project to Australia, established the Legislation for Peace and Security, reviewed Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation, and launched Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency.
Mr. Nishi first joined Japan Defense Agency (JDA) in April of 1978 and through the years held various roles in the Secretarial Division, Bureau of Personnel, Bureau of Equipment, NAHA Defense Facility Bureau. In 2006, he was involved in the development of the SM-3 Bloc2A as Deputy Director General, the Technical Research and Development Institute.
Mr. Nishi holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tokyo and a M.Litt of International Relations from the University of Oxford.