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Dr. Kurokawa graduated from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chiba University, in 1973. He joined the Ministry of Health and Welfare Japan (MHW) immediately after his graduation and obtained a pharmacist license in 1974 and a doctoral degree in 1994. From 1980 to 1982, he worked for World Health Organization as an associate expert in pharmaceutical administration. Afterwards, he returned to Japan as Deputy Director of the International Collaboration Division, Science and Technology Agency. In 1984, he moved to the MHW and started his work in international collaboration as a senior staff member of the Minister’s Secretariat. He also served as a member of the Japanese Delegation to the World Health Assembly. In 1989, Dr. Kurokawa transferred to the Pharmaceutical Affairs Bureau as Senior Deputy Director of the New Drug Division. He served as Japan’s ICH coordinator and representative to the ICH Steering Committee for MHW. From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Kurokawa was Director of the Office for Promotion and Appropriate Use of Drugs. He also served as Director of the Safety Division of MHLW from 2000 to 2003 and then worked at the Organization for Pharmaceutical Safety and Research as Councilor. In August 2004, Dr. Kurokawa was appointed to the Councilor for Pharmaceuticals and Food Safety Affairs, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, Japan. After retiring from MHLW in 2008, he was appointed Professor of Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chiba University and is now Professor of the Division of Regulatory Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Keio University, since April 2011. Dr. Kurokawa has contributed to DIA as a member of program committees and expert panels. He has been involved in the establishment and development of DIA’s base in Japan and remains an enthusiastic supporter of the Association.