Tokyo Review is a nonprofit publishing platform for academics, journalists and researchers writing in-depth, evidence based work on issues related to Japan and its place in the world. The site’s mission is to provide insightful analysis of Japan in the twenty-first century, covering current affairs, political and economic events, cultural trends and advances in technology, business and society – offering a range of voices from across the political spectrum and avoiding tired clichés about “inscrutable” or “wacky” Japan.
Tokyo Review takes no editorial position and the site’s contributors disagree on many things but find common ground in the belief that Japanese current affairs is deserving of serious, considered, and well-researched English-language coverage and analysis.
All opinions expressed in articles on Tokyo Review are those of the authors alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Tokyo Review or any other partner organization.
Who We Are
Tokyo Review was founded by Paul Nadeau, Robert Fahey and Eleanor Warnock in July 2017, and is now operated as a registered non-profit organization (一般社団法人TokyoReview) guided by an Editorial Board. The site aims to publish original work from graduate students, young scholars and early-career academics, and a primary goal of the Editorial Board is to work with contributors (especially those for whom English may not be their native language) to help develop their writing skills and better communicate their in-depth specialist knowledge to a general audience. We also encourage our contributors to network and collaborate on future work.
Tokyo Review was supported for a number of years by a generous grant from the Asia-Pacific Initiative, and benefited immensely from the guidance and input of API’s founder, Dr. Funabashi Yoichi. We are presently exploring new options for funding the site’s activities – we regret that we cannot accept unsolicited pitches for articles at this time, but hope to be able to do so again in the near future when new funding has been secured.
Paul is a project researcher at the University of Tokyo’s Institute for Future Initiatives, an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Japan campus, and an 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, an M.A. in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a PhD from the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy.
Rob is an Assistant Professor at the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS) at Waseda University, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Milan’s School of Social and Political Sciences. He was formerly a Research Associate at the Waseda Institute for Political Economy (WINPEC), and was a professional journalist in an earlier life. His research focuses on political polarisation and populism, the Japanese political system, and the use of machine learning and text mining techniques for political analysis. He holds a B.A. from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, and an M.A. and Ph.D from the Graduate School of Political Science at Waseda University.
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To find out more about the reasons why we launched Tokyo Review and our original mission for the site, read our launch-day introduction: Well, Here We Are.