Contributors

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ben Rimland is a program assistant in the Asia program at The German Marshall Fund, where he researches Asia defense issues and coordinates programming and convening on the U.S.-EU-Asia relationship. Previously, he was 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.

Leo Lin received his M.A. in International Relations from Waseda University and his B.A. in Asian Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Currently a researcher based in Tokyo, his research interests include security policies in East Asia, and Chinese foreign policy with a focus on economic statecraft.

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.

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.

Vindu Mai Chotani is currently a Ph.D. scholar at the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo and a visiting associate with the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. Ms. Chotani’s research focus is primarily on Japan’s and India’s foreign policy with a particular emphasis on Japan’s growing strategic and techno-economic ties, as well as connectivity projects in South Asia and the Bay of Bengal. Her work also examines great power dynamics, and the evolving security architecture in the Indo-Pacific region. Ms. Chotani previously earned a M.Sc. in International Relations from the University of Bristol and a B.A.(Hons) in Political Science from the University of Delhi, India.

Michael Cucek is adjunct professor of the Department of Political Science at Temple University Japan Campus and adjunct professor of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Waseda University, teaching political science and international relations. He was adjunct professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University in Spring 2015, teaching courses in globalization and political leadership. He is the author of the blog Shisaku: Marginalia on Japanese Politics and Society (http://shisaku.blogspot.jp/ ) and has been a contributor to Foreign Policy, the East Asia Forum, Al-Jazeera and The New York Times‘ Latitude blog.

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.

Harry Dempsey is a research associate at the Asia Pacific Initiative (API) and the research assistant to Dr. Yoichi Funabashi, chairman of API. He has worked for Shinko Research, a think-tank part of the Kobe Steel Group, at which he produced research for Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) and provided consultancy services for Kobe Steel’s Corporate Planning Department. He has also worked for London Research International, an energy research and consulting company, and on the JET Program as an English teacher. He holds a BA in philosophy from Cambridge University.

Antoine Roth is a government scholar and PhD candidate at the University of Tokyo conducting research on China's relations with its Asian neighbors. He holds a MA in Asian Studies from the George Washington University and a BA in International Relations from the University of Geneva. He has previously worked at the Swiss Embassy in Tokyo and has been a visiting student at Fudan University in Shanghai.

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