Rob Fahey is a former journalist and a current PhD researcher at Waseda University's Graduate School of Political Science. His research work focuses on political communication, the Japanese political party system, and the use of machine learning and text mining techniques to analyse both of the above. Rob holds a BA (Japanese) from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and an MA (Political Science) from Waseda University.

Eleanor worked for five years as a correspondent in the Tokyo bureau of The Wall Street Journal covering economy, finance and Japan's butter shortage. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, and her favorite animal is a capybara.

James is a Project Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law & Graduate Schools for Law and Politics. His academic writing focuses on English and Japanese private law, interspersed with constitutional law and legal theory. He is excited by the chance to write without footnotes, but resents having to do so in American spelling.

Taylor Wettach is a J.D. candidate at New York University School of Law and a Non-resident WSD-Handa Fellow with Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He previously worked at CSIS, the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren), the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation (RJIF), and the Stanley Foundation, and was a participant in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Taylor holds an M.A. from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service (SFS), a Certificate from Keio University's Center for Japanese Studies, and a B.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown SFS. He tweets at @twettach.

Ben Rimland is a recent graduate of the Modern Japanese Studies MPhil at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, where his research addressed maritime security and the Japanese foreign policy bureaucracy. A graduate of Columbia University, he is currently an independent researcher on Asia security issues. He tweets at @brim1and.

Rei considers himself a native of both the United States and Japan, and currently works in the government relations sector in Tokyo. He is fresh out of a graduate program at the University of Tokyo with a Master’s in Public Policy, and has worked part time in the Japanese Diet and the Japan branch of the Economist’s Corporate Network. He hopes to have a dog by 2020.

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