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 Research Associate at the Waseda Institute of Political Economy (WINPEC) 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 text mining and network analysis techniques for political and social 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Sakari Mesimäki is a master’s student in social and cultural anthropology at Helsinki University. He formerly worked in business and communications consulting in Tokyo, prior to which he studied Japanese at Cambridge University.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
Tom O’Sullivan is the founder of Mathyos Advisory an energy and defense consultancy based in Tokyo, and lectures in business at Saitama University
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.
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.
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.
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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