Rob Fahey is a former journalist and a current PhD candidate at Waseda University's Graduate School of Political Science. His research focuses on political communication, the Japanese political party system, and the use of machine learning and text mining techniques for political analysis. Rob got his BA (Japanese) from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and his MA (Political Science) from Waseda University.

Michael Bosack is a Ph.D. Candidate at the International University of Japan's Graduate School of International Relations. Previously, he was the Deputy Chief of Government Relations at Headquarters, U.S. Forces, Japan, where he was part of the team that drafted and implemented the 2015 Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation. Michael is a graduated Mansfield Fellow and military veteran with two tours to Afghanistan.

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.

Paul Nadeau is a PhD student at the University of Tokyo and adjunct fellow with the Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He was previously a private secretary with the Japanese Diet and as a member of the foreign affairs and trade staff of Senator Olympia Snowe. He holds a B.A. from the George Washington University, a certificate in international studies from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and an M.A. in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He should be general manager of the Montreal Canadiens.

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.

Ben Rimland is a researcher on Asia security issues currently based at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama. A graduate of both Columbia University (cum laude) and St. Antony's College, University of Oxford (MPhil, modern Japanese studies), his work focuses on the US-Japan alliance, Japan's security posture in Southeast Asia, and the Japanese foreign policy bureaucracy. He is concurrently a young leader at Pacific Forum CSIS.

Romeo Marcantuoni studied Japanology at Belgium's KU Leuven, and is currently in the preparatory stages of a PhD in the field.

Jonathan Webb is a researcher working with the Nippon Institute for Research Advancement and a Ph.D. student at Keio University’s Graduate School of Media and Governance. His current research is focused on the impact of low birthrates on national security issues. He is also employed part time by the Canon Institute for Global Studies assisting with crisis simulation. Previously, he worked as a research assistant at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and as a global pricing liaison for Hitachi Ltd.

Leo Lin is a M.A. student pursuing a degree in International Relations at the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies from Waseda University, Japan. A graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, his research interests include Japanese and Chinese domestic politics, emerging security challenges in the Asia Pacific and security cooperation in the Asia Pacific.

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.

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.

Andrea Fischetti is a government scholar and conducts research on Asia-Pacific Security and Japan at the University of Tokyo. He is also researching at the Asia Pacific Initiative. Andrea earned his MA in War Studies from King’s College London, following a BA with First Class Honours in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies. In the past he worked at the House of Commons, and has been a visiting student at the Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City University.

Chris G. Pope is a researcher employed at the University of Sheffield, specializing in language and politics. He is co-author of Environmental Pollution and the Media: Political Discourses of Risk and Responsibility in Australia, China and Japan (2017). His Ph.D. thesis, titled Bringing back ‘Japan’: Prime Minister Abe’s political rhetoric in critical perspective, examines the disconnect between the prime minister’s political discourse with his administration’s political agenda.

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