Joji Morishita is Counsellor of the Japanese Government’s Fisheries Agency, a post he holds since 2008. Mr. Morishita served as Fisheries Attaché at the Embassy of Japan in the United States from 1993 to 1996. He has been involved in international fisheries issues since 1982 and covered numerous areas including North Pacific trawl fisheries, high seas driftnet fisheries, tuna fisheries, salmon fisheries, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), CITES and the International Whaling Commission (IWC), among others. At the meetings of the International Whaling Commission, Mr. Morishita has been the main spokesperson on behalf of his government. He has been representing Japan at the UN General Assembly Informal Consultations on the sustainable fisheries resolution, FAO Committee on Fisheries, the Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement (May 2006), and the UN ad hoc Working Group on marine biological diversity in the high seas. He was invited to several FAO expert meetings and chaired IWC sub-committee meetings. His current responsibility includes international seafood trade issues covering WTO and FTA/EPAs.
Mr. Morishita holds a degree of Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA (1987) and a BS, Fisheries Science from Kyoto University, Japan (1981).
He is the author of Why Whales Strand? — Tragedy of Anti-Whaling Movement (2002, Kawaide Shobou Shinsya, ltd., in Japanese only) and his recent articles are Multiple analysis of the whaling issue: Understanding the dispute by a matrix (Marine Policy 30 (2006) 802-808), What is the ecosystem approach (Marine Policy 32 (2008) 19-26) and The IWC moratorium on commercial whaling was not a value judgment and was not intended as a permanent prohibition (Aegean Review of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law 2011).