Contributors

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Rob Fahey is a Research Associate at the Waseda Institute of Political Economy (WINPEC) and a Visiting Professor at the University of Milan's School of Social and Political Sciences. His research focuses on political communication, the Japanese political party system, and the use of text mining and network analysis techniques for political and social analysis. Rob previously studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and the Waseda University Graduate School of Political Science.

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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.

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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.

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Andrea A. Fischetti is a government scholar conducting research on Asia-Pacific Affairs and East Asian Security at the University of Tokyo and at the Asia Pacific Initiative. He was a visiting student at the Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City University, and a research assistant at the House of Commons in the British Parliament. Mr. Fischetti 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.

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Antoine Roth is assistant professor at the Faculty of Law of Tohoku University, working on Sino-Japanese relations, China's foreign relations, and East Asian international affairs. He holds a PhD in International Politics from the University of Tokyo and 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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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.

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Romeo Marcantuoni is a research student at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University. He earned his MA and BA in Japanese Studies at KU Leuven, Belgium. His research interests are in democracy, civil society, and Japanese culture

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Tom Le is an associate professor of politics at Pomona College and research associate at the PRIME Institute at Meiji Gakuin University. Le is the author of Japan’s Aging Peace: Pacifism and Militarism in the Twenty-First Century (Columbia University Press, June 2021). Le received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California Irvine and BAs in history and political science from the University of California Davis.

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James is an associate professor at Sophia University Faculty of Law, where he teaches and writes on English and Japanese private law, as well as constitutional law and legal theory. He has previously taught at the University of Tokyo and Meiji University. Most of his free time is spent in pain after training in three martial arts

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Anthony S. Rausch is professor at Hirosaki University, Japan. He has a PhD from Monash University (Australia) in social sciences. His research focuses on the social science dynamics of rural Japan. He is author of Japan’s Local Newspapers: Chihoshi and Revitalization Journalism (Routledge), Cultural Commodities in Japanese Rural Revitalization (Brill), and editor of Japanese Journalism and the Japanese Newspaper: A Supplemental Reader (Teneo Press). His wine of choice is an elegant Pinot Noir from Volnay.

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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.

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Harry Dempsey is an analyst for Anniversaries, Inc., a new U.S.-Japan relations think tank. He has worked as a research associate at the Asia Pacific Initiative (API) and as a researcher at Shinko Research (part of the Kobe Steel group). He has additional experience at the British Embassy Tokyo and London Research International. He was on the JET Program in 2014-15. He holds a BA in philosophy from Cambridge University.

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Thisanka Siripala is a Sri Lankan-Australian translator and broadcast journalist based in Tokyo. She specializes in Japan focused business, tech and social issues and is passionate about documenting Japan in depth for English speaking audiences.

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Tokyo Review is a collaboration between academics, journalists and researchers working on issues related to Japanese politics, economics and society.

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Jonathan Webb is a researcher working with the Nippon Institute for Research Advancement as well as a lecturer and PhD candidate at Keio University’s Graduate School of Media and Governance. His current research is focused on the impact of demographic change and low birthrates on national security issues. He has previously been employed as a crisis simulation assistant at the Canon Institute for Global Studies in 2018, and as a speaker liaison for the Shangri-La Dialogue at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in 2017. Prior to 2017 he worked as a strategic coordinator for global business operations at Hitachi Ltd.

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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.

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Vindu Mai Chotani is a PhD student at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Public Policy. Her dissertation focuses on Abe’s Kantei Diplomacy, while her broader research examines Japanese foreign policy, India-Japan relations, and the evolving security architecture of the Indo-Pacific.

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Rei considers himself a native of both the United States and Japan, and works in government affairs in Tokyo. He holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Tokyo, and has experience working in the Japanese Diet. He hopes to have a dog by 2022.

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Kristin Wilson is a research intern with the East-West Center in Washington and cofounder and director of operations & financial affairs for WomEnpowered International (WE Int.), a membership association of young, diverse women and women-identifying individuals committed to empowering women and promoting gender equality in Japan and beyond. She recently attained her Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo. Her research interests lie at the intersection of gender and diversity in politics, women, peace and security, and foreign policy.

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Mina Erika Pollmann is a PhD student in MIT's Department of Political Science, specializing in international relations and comparative politics. Her research interests focus on Japan’s security and diplomacy, U.S, foreign policy in East Asia, and international relations in the Asia-Pacific. After graduating Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service summa cum laude with a BS in Foreign Service, she worked for TV Tokyo-America and a DC-based risk consulting startup. Mina is a recipient of the Walter A. Rosenblith Presidential Graduate Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

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Sakari Mesimäki is a PhD student at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge conducting research on political subjectivity in Japan. Sakari previously worked in business and communications consulting in Tokyo and holds degrees in anthropology and Japanese studies from the University of Helsinki and the University of Cambridge.

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Lauren Altria is a research intern at Asia Pacific Initiative and a Masters student in International Relations at Waseda University. She previously worked as a research associate at The Economist, and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Oxford.

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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.

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Dr. Corey Wallace is assistant professor in the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Kanagawa University, Yokohama. He was formerly the Einstein postdoctoral fellow at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies at Freie Universität Berlin from 2015-2019. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand as well as a PhD from the University of Auckland. Corey was also an adviser in the innovation system policy team of the New Zealand Ministry of Research, Science and Technology from 2007-2010

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Daphne is a senior at Pomona College majoring in International Relations with an Economics minor. She studies East Asian security issues with a socioeconomic lens, and has published works in Diplomatic Courier, The Korea Times, and International Policy Digest.

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Wrenn Yennie Lindgren is a Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and an Associate Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI).

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Lucy Onderwyzer Gold is a junior at Pomona College majoring in politics

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Kenta Sayama is currently an intern at the UNHCR Representation in Japan, and was formerly an intern for the environmental protection agency in Manaus, Brazil. He recently completed his studies at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, USA, and is preparing to start a Masters degree at the University of Oxford.

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Paula R. Curtis is a historian of medieval Japan. She researches artisanal organizations, social status, forgery, and elite institutions from the twelfth to sixteenth centuries. Her work has been supported by the Japan Foundation and the Fulbright Japan Program.

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Tom O’Sullivan is the founder of Mathyos Advisory an energy and defense consultancy based in Tokyo, and lectures in business at Saitama University

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Yosuke Buchmeier is a PhD candidate at Munich University/The University of Tokyo and a research fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ). His research focuses on media, democracy, and fiscal/economic policy in Japan. After receiving his MA degree in Japanese Studies from Munich University, he worked in business consulting and corporate training, mainly on projects for the automotive industry. He holds a black belt in Goju-ryu Karate.

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Michelle Tunger is a senior at Pomona College majoring in economics with a minor in Asian studies. Her areas of study include the effects of democracy on economic growth in East Asia, as well as issues pertaining to Japanese-Korean reconciliation.

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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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MW Larson is the author of When the Waves Came (Chin Music Press), a nonfiction account of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami and the ensuing recovery effort. He earned his MFA at The Ohio State University and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A former Fulbright scholar he has published fiction and nonfiction in Colorado ReviewThe Iowa ReviewNinth Letter, and Witness. He lives with his wife in Tokyo and teaches English and writing at the University of Tsukuba.

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Connor Cislo is a freelance writer and translator with credits in Bloomberg, Nikkei Asian Review, and the Asahi Shimbun's Asia & Japan Watch. He holds an MA in international relations from the George Washington University and a BA in diplomacy and foreign affairs from Miami University

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Takuya Matsuda is a PhD. candidate in War Studies at King’s College London, specializing in great power relations, alliance politics, U.S. grand strategy and security affairs in the Indo-Pacific. Takuya’s work has been published by the Australian Journal of International Affairs, as well as by policy outlets such as the War on the Rocks, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, the Diplomat and the Asan Forum. He received his M.A. from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and his B.A. from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan.

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Kristin Wilson is cofounder and director of operations & financial affairs for WomEnpowered International (WE Int.), a membership association of young, diverse women and women-identifying individuals committed to empowering women and promoting gender equality in Japan and beyond. She holds a master's degree in public policy from the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Public Policy, where her research focused on the intersection of gender and politics

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Kyoko Tominaga is an associate professor of sociology at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto where her research focuses on social activism. She holds a PhD and MA in sociology from the University of Tokyo and a BBA from Hokkaido University School of Economics and Business Administration. Her recent publications include "A New Liberal Class in Japan: Based on Latent Class Analysis" in Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends Forecast. You may follow her on Twitter at @nomikaishiyouze

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Aki Tonami is an associate professor at the University of Tsukuba's Faculty of Business Sciences with research interests in narrative policy analysis, economic diplomacy, and governance of the Polar Regions. She is a specialist in foreign policy, having worked as a research advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. She holds a PhD in global environmental studies, an MA in economics from Kyoto University, and a BSc in operations management & information systems from Santa Clara University in California. You may follow her on Twitter at @atonton28

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Yukie Sano is an assistant professor at the University of Tsukuba's Faculty of Engineering, Information, and Systems. She specializes in network science and socio-econophysics, mainly in research about social media. She received her BA and MA in physics from Nara Women’s University. After working as a system engineer, she returned to academia to obtain her Sc.D in computational intelligence and systems science from Tokyo Institute of Technology. You may follow her on Twitter at @zerosano

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Heayoon Kim is a senior majoring in mathematics and politics at Pomona College. She is conducting research on Japan-Korea historical disputes

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Shin-ae Lee is a PhD student at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Public Policy, specializing in strategic communications of the Abe administration, Japan’s foreign and security policy, and Japan-Korea relations. She holds a MA in international studies from Seoul National University and a BA in political science from Ewha Womans University. She was previously a researcher with the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy.
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Hilary Dauer is currently on leave from the U.S. foreign service. As a diplomat with the U.S. State Department, Hilary served overseas in Chennai (formerly Madras), India; Damascus, Syria; Jakarta, Indonesia as well as Tokyo and Yokohama. He also covered North Africa, including Libya, for the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism in Washington from 2013-2015. In that role, Hilary interacted daily with the National Security Council. Before joining the State Department, Hilary worked in the international non-profit sector with a focus on promoting good governance abroad. He holds degrees from the University of California, San Diego and Yale University

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Giulio Pugliese is a lecturer in war studies at King's College in London He specializes in the politics, both domestic and international, of the Asia-Pacific with a focus on Japan, China, and the United States. He has presented at a variety of venues, and published articles and contributing chapters concerning academic, policy-oriented and commercial themes in Italy, the United States and Japan. His most recent, co-authored work, Sino-Japanese Power Politics: Might, Money, Minds (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), will soon be translated into Korean.

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Kensuke Yanagida is a research fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs. He was earlier a research fellow at GRIPS Alliance, National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan; a visiting associate professor at the Faculty of Law, Kyushu University; and a research associate at the Asian Development Bank Institute. He has a master’s degree in public policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. His research interests include international trade issues in Asia. His publications include “The Effects of Mega-Regional Trade Agreements on Vietnam” with Tomoo Kikuchi and Huong Vo in Journal of Asian Economics.

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Milan Boon is a third year BA student of Japan studies at Leiden University. While writing a bachelor thesis about the policy diffusion of Japan's municipal partnership systems, Milan became fascinated by Japan's LGBTQ-related politics as well as local politics. He spends his spare time reading books on Japanese typography and loves to read the minutes of local governments.

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Mashiyat Zaman is a Tokyo-based machine learning engineer and member of The Centre for Environmental and Minority Policy Studies. His research interests include labor rights, ethnicity, and civic media. He received his BA from Amherst College, where he studied physics, astronomy, and Asian studies

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Sarah Sieloff is a 2020 Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi Fellow based in Japan, where she is researching how Japanese municipalities are responding to depopulation. From 2015 to 2020, Sarah led the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR), the United States' premier national non-profit dedicated to land reuse and redevelopment. In that capacity, she significantly expanded CCLR's programming and organized successful national advocacy campaigns for improved federal land reuse policy and funding. From 2013 to 2015, Sarah served as the Memphis team lead for the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities, where she led an interagency federal team and worked closely with the Mayors' office across a broad portfolio. Sarah is a Truman Scholar and earned her master in public affairs from Princeton University and her BA from Eckerd College.

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Sean Connell is a senior fellow at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and a former visiting fellow at the East-West Center in Washington. Previously, he was director for Japan and Korea, and executive director of the US-Korea Business Council, at the United States Chamber of Commerce. He was a Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi Fellow based at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), and has served in leadership roles in international trade and economic development in Washington State. His research focuses on economic and innovation policy in Japan and Korea, and US-Japan and US-Korea economic relations, including at the subnational level.

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Jackie F. Steele is a trilingual political scientist, author, and international expert in diversity mainstreaming in democratic institutions, public policy, and corporate eco-systems. After many years at the University of Tokyo, Dr. Steele lectures at Sophia University and is CEO of enjoi Diversity & Innovation, a DEI consulting and edu-tech start-up. Dr. Steele leads the Global Diversity Management Committee as a governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan, is Vice President of FEW Japan supporting women's empowerment, and is an angel investor/activator with SheEO Canada.

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Mr John Frederick Bradford is a senior fellow in the Maritime Security Program at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. Mr Bradford holds a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from RSIS and Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude in Asian Studies) from Cornell University. He retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of commander. His U.S. Navy assignments included service as the deputy director of the 7th Fleet Maritime Headquarters, as country director for Japan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense-Policy, and as commanding officer of a ballistic missile defense-capable Aegis destroyer forward deployed to Japan.

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Hisashi Kato is a PhD student at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) where he focuses on comparative analysis of the U.S., Chinese, and Japanese military involvement in global health and how it shapes geopolitics. He earned his BA in politics from Gakushuin University and an MA in Public Policy from GraSPP where he was also a visiting student at the University of California San Diego's School of Global Policy & Strategy. His expertise is the global health diplomacy of Japan, and the latest work on this topic, "Japan's Health Diplomacy: Projecting Soft Power in the Era of Global Health," can be found in the journal Global Health Governance.

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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.

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Tadasu Takahashi is a freelance writer and independent researcher. He received his MA in Global Studies from Sophia University, where he also worked as a research and teaching assistant.

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