Charles Lake is Chairman and Representative in Japan of Aflac Japan. In these capacities, he is responsible for external relations, strategic initiatives, and public policy for Aflac’s operations in Japan. Mr. Lake has also been responsible for all of Aflac Japan’s operations as Deputy President, President, and Representative in Japan. Prior to joining Aflac, Mr. Lake practiced law in Washington D.C., handling matters in the areas of international trade, competition policy, international litigation, and corporate compliance. From 1990-1994, Mr. Lake served in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in the Executive Office of the President, departing as Director of Japan Affairs and Special Counsel.
Mr. Lake serves as Vice Chairman of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the U.S.-Japan Business Council, and as a director on the board of the Tokyo Stock Exchange Group, Inc. He is also a President Emeritus of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, International Committee Chairman of the American Council of Life Insurers, and a board member of the Coalition of Service Industries. Mr. Lake serves as a member of the advisory board for the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, is a trustee of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai), and is a member of the Antimonopoly Study Group of the Japan Fair Trade Commission.
Mr. Lake received a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies and political science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1985 and a juris doctor degree from the George Washington University School of Law in 1990. He was a graduate research fellow at the University of Tokyo and completed the Stanford Executive Program (SEP) at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.