Akashi Ikeda is the Niigata Bureau Chief of The Sankei Shimbun.
Akiko Macdonald is chairperson of the Burma Campaign Society (BCS) since 2008. It is composed of British veterans who inherited the Anglo-Japan reconciliation which began in 1983, contributing to the firm friendship between both countries. Akiko’s father, Taiji Urayama, 95, served as a lieutenant in the veterinary mountain artillery, Second Main Battalion of the 31st Regiment in the 31st Division of the 15th Army of the Imperial Japanese Army, in the Burma/Imphal and Kohima Campaign during WWII. In 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of WWII, Akiko’s father and his UK counterpart Roy Welland shook hands at the British Embassy in Tokyo. In 2017, to mark the anniversary of the 73rd Imphal Campaign, Akiko was invited to visit Manipur by the state government, and also had an opportunity to meet the Nagaland Chief Minister when visiting Kohima in Nagaland, India. Akiko has been living in the UK since 1988 with her two grownup children and English husband.
Akio Yaita is the Taipei Bureau chief of The Sankei Shimbun.
Akira Momochi is a director of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals and a special professor at Kokushikan University.
Albo is a Canadian film-maker, Youtuber and story-teller who has lived in Japan since 2010. Prior to working in Tokyo, Albo spent 7 years in Gunma prefecture immersed in the world of street racing and drifting. Inspired to document the underground scene, he created the documentary series “Drift Hunter” which has 55,000 Youtube subscribers, 21,000 Instagram followers and 10,000 Facebook Fans. His ultimate goal is to produce a Hollywood movie that is a realistic depiction of the world of Japanese street racing.
Alexandra De Leon is a PhD student in modern Japanese history. She is interested in Japanese culture, history, and politics. She finds kendo to be excellent stress relief from the life of a grad student.
Alex Bennett was born in 1970 in Christchurch, New Zealand. He graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1994. He received his Doctoral degree from Kyoto University in 2001, and another from the University of Canterbury in 2012. After working at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, and then Teikyo University's Department of Japanese Culture, he is currently employed as a Professor at Kansai University's Division of International Affairs where he teaches Japanese history and society. In terms of the martial arts, Alex is Vice President of the International Naginata Federation, International Committee member at the All Japan Kendo Federation, Director of the Japanese Academy of Budo, and also represents NZ Kendo as the Head Coach.
Alice has just finished her third year of Medical Sciences at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She is currently on a two month internship at ReproCELL through the Saltire Scholar internship programme organized by Entrepreneurial Scotland.
Anders Corr, Ph.D., is the founder of Corr Analytics and the Journal of Political Risk. He worked as a civilian in military intelligence for five years, including on matters of terrorism and insurgency in Asia. He is editor of the book, Great Powers, Grand Strategies: The New Game in the South China Sea (U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2018). He spent 1.5 years under NATO command in Afghanistan, where he led the U.S. Army Social Science Research and Analysis group. Dr. Corr conducted analysis at US Pacific Command (USPACOM) and US Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC) on risks to U.S. national security in Asia, including on terrorism in the Philippines, Nepal, and Bangladesh. He frequently provides analysis on China and terrorism, including for the New York Times, CNBC, Forbes, Bloomberg, UPI, Fox, National Interest, Nikkei Asian Review, and World Policy.
Andrew Thomson is a former minister in the Australian Government, now resident in Kyushu, Japan. An international lawyer specializing in WTO rules and trade issues, he speaks Japanese, Chinese, and basic Arabic. He has worked in Australia, the US, Saudi Arabia, China, and Japan. He is the author of Bridge to The Gods: Tales From Kyushu. Mr Thomson also serves on the Foreign Affairs committee of the Japan Golf Association.
Andy Chan Ho-tin (Chinese: 陳浩天) is a Hong Kong pro-independence political activist. He is a founding member and the convenor of the Hong Kong National Party, the first party to advocate for Hong Kong independence. Chan attracted media attention when the Hong Kong government strongly criticised his activities after the establishment of the Hong Kong National Party. In the 2016 Hong Kong Legislative Council election, his candidature was disqualified by the returning officer for New Territories East, due to his political stance on secession and independence of Hong Kong from the People's Republic of China. He was born September 6, 1990.
Angela Greulich is an associate professor in economics at Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1), a lecturer at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), and a consultant for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank. She works on the economics of gender and demography.
Archie Miyamoto is a retired U.S. Army officer. During the Korean War he became a career U.S. Army infantry officer and served two tours each in Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Japan, and a special tour in Germany. Military awards include three Legion of Merits, two Purple Hearts, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze star, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Master Aviator Wings. He was also a paratrooper and Tactical Nuclear Weapons Employment Specialist. He is a recipient of Army Aviator Wings from the Republic of China and the Hwa Rang medal from South Korea. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska (Omaha), and has a Master's degree from Troy University, Alabama. He is also a graduate of the Army Aviation School and the Command and General Staff College. After retirement from the Army he spent two years in Israel, after which he joined a Japanese corporation (Maruzen of America) in California and became its President/Chairman. He is retired and resides in California. His detailed account of the Gripsholm exchanges was distributed to former passengers but never published. He is the author of the book, WWII Military Records on Comfort Women (2017, Amazon Digital Services LLC).
Arielle Busetto is a journalist at JAPAN Forward. She has finished the intensive Japanese course of the Inter University Center For Advanced Japanese Studies in Yokohama in summer 2018, and is originally from Siena, Italy.
Avery Morrow is an American researcher who has published both popular and academic works about Shinto. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 2018. His first book, The Sacred Science of Ancient Japan is available from Inner Traditions.
Ayako Kurosawa is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun Culture News Department.
Ayase Maru was born in Chiba in 1986. She graduated with a degree in literature from Sophia University in Tokyo. She worked at a company before winning the R-18 women’s literature readers’ prize in 2010. Her book Finally Reaching the Sea contains “Black night, counting the stars: Escaping from the train after the 3/11 earthquake,” which is a record of her experiences during the Tohoku disaster.
Barry Barankin retired in 2016 after 40 years teaching at Head Royce School in Oakland, California. A graduate of Yale University, he shaped the Junior year humanities curriculum, creating signature courses in Japanese Literature and Modern Drama. In addition, Barry led student trips to Europe and Asia over the years.
Ben Rimland is a Young Leader with the Pacific Forum CSIS and a graduate student at Oxford University.
Brian was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. After working in tech for most of my 20s, he decided he needed a change and came to Japan to teach English. Around his second year in Japan, he had a great bowl of ramen and was hooked. This was the start of Ramen Adventures. Ramen Adventures started out as a blog and evolved into books, TV appearances, and a YouTube channel. Brian currently lives in Shinjuku, Tokyo which I use as a base to explore ramen around Japan and the world. Although he's been around 1300 ramen shops, he feels like he is just scratching the surface of the ramen scene. He's currently working on more books, overseas ramen pop-ups, and of course continuing the Ramen Adventures blog.
W. Bruce Weinrod is an international business advisor and has twice been a Presidentially-appointed senior official in the US Defense Department.
Bunta Iwaya, blogger who lived in the U.S. for 15 years. He has posted articles fact-checking various issues by analyzing sources in multiple languages, including the plastination of human bodies from unknown sources in China, the direct action movement on Free Tibet in Europe and the U.S., The Cove and the arrest and escape of Paul Watson.
Chelsea Jeter is an American blogger with a background in health and personal development. She is from Austin, TX.
Chisako Kawagoe (Cuelca) is a freelance art coordinator. She also manages Takumicraft with her team partner. Through her work, she supports artists and creators in the world of contemporary arts and traditional crafts. Her main projects include:〈Sanjo Butsudan x目［mé］ Kudan Project〉, Saitama Triennale 2016 (as project director), among others. E-mail: email@example.com; SNS: https://www.facebook.com/kawagoechisako.
Chizuko T. Allen is currently a faculty member at the School of Pacific and Asian Studies, the University of Hawaii. After receiving a BA in International Relations at Tokyo University, she moved to Honolulu and received a PhD in East Asian history with a focus on Korea from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Colin P.A. Jones is a law professor, Doshisha Law School at Kyoto.
Curtis S. Chin, a former U.S. ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, is managing director of the advisory firm RiverPeak Group, LLC. Follow him on Twitter at @CurtisSChin.
Daniel Robson is a veteran music journalist and Chief Editor of IGN Japan (http://jp.ign.com).
David Shapiro is a poet with several volumes to his credit, a playwright with productions here and New York, and an author of books for children in Japanese. A longtime resident of Tokyo, he wrote a weekly column for GALLOP, Japan’s leading horse racing magazine, which ran for more than seven years. His book of racing essays in Japanese (Kiku to Sarabureddo) was a finalist for the JRA book prize.
Dean Baker is a macroeconomist and senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C., which he co-founded. He previously worked as a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and an assistant professor at Bucknell University.
Rieko Hayakawa is former project coordinator of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. Rieko Hayakawa holds a PhD from the University of Otago in New Zealand. Since 1991, Dr. Hayakawa has managed the Pacific Islands Fund of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. Her duties included launching the Micronesia Maritime Security Project. She is currently researching the International Ocean Law at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.
Duncan Bartlett is the editor of Asian Affairs and the author of the weekly blog Japan Story. He formerly worked in Tokyo for the BBC.
Eiji Homma is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Culture News Department.
Eiko Kadono is a Japanese author of children's literature, picture books, non-fiction, and essays. She was born in 1935 in Tokyo, Japan. She is a graduate of Waseda University. In 1969, she emigrated to Brazil with her designer husband where they spent two years. In 1970, she released her debut work, a non-fiction story called, Brazil and My Friend Luizinho (in Japanese, 1970), based on her experience in Brazil. Kadono’s best known works include Kiki’s Delivery Service (English edition, Annick Press, 2013), 1945 The Forest Tunnel (トンネルの森１９４５, in Japanese, by Kadokawa Media Factory, 2015), and well over 100 other books. In 1982, she received the Sankei Children’s Book Award, and this year she won the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing.
Eriko Yamatani is a Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker in the House of Councilors and former cabinet minister delegated as the chairperson of the National Public Safety Commission.
Fumie Oyama is a reporter and photographer for The Sankei Shimbun Photojournalism Department.
Fumiko Davis is a Japanese writer who specializes in translating Russian literature. She and her husband, whom she met in Moscow, also have two children. Her published works include 『トルストイ家の箱舟』(The Tolstoy Family’s Ark), 『ぽけぽむし』 (Blurred Steam), 『お伽の国－日本： 海を渡ったトルストイの娘』(Fairyland Japan: Tolstoy’s Daughter who Crossed the Sea), 『愛あるところ神あり』(Where Love is, God is), 『アズブカ』(Azbuka), and others.
Fumio Ota is a senior fellow and a planning committee member at the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals (JINF). He is a retired vice admiral of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force.
Fumoito Ishibashi is deputy managing editor of The Sankei Shimbun’s Editorial Bureau and concurrently chief of the newspaper’s Political News Department.
Gen Koganezaki is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Grant Newsham is a retired United States Marine Officer and a former U.S. diplomat with many years’ experience in Japan. He was the first US Marine liaison officer to the Japan Ground Self Defense force and was instrumental in promoting the JSDF’s initial moves towards an amphibious capability.
grape Japan is a website dedicated to sharing interesting content related to Japan, ranging from the country’s most beautiful traditional aspects to its popular modern sub-cultures.
Greg Atkinson is the Founder and Chief Technology Office of Eco Marine Power. He holds an MBA, BSc in Electrical Engineering, and Associate Diploma in Electronic Systems Maintenance. Greg is also a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology. He first started working in Japan back in 1997 in the telecom sector and, after several moves between Australia and Japan, finally settled in Fukuoka in 2007.
Gustav Strandell is the CEO of Maihama Club Nursing Homes and chairman of the Urayasu City Care Provider’s Association. He has visited more than 300 nursing homes in seven countries.
Haiying Yang is a cultural anthropologist and professor at Shizuoka University, Japan. He was born and raised in Southern Mongolia(Inner Mongolia). His main research area is Mongolian history. He is the author of Genocide on the Mongolian Steppe: First-Hand Accounts of Genocide in Southern Mongolia during the Chinese Cultural Revolution(in Japanese Bohyo naki Sougen); the Truth about the Mongolian Genocide during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
Hajime Ishikawa is the head of Whale Laboratory at Shimonoseki Academy of Marine Science. He started as a veterinarian of marine mammals at an aquarium, then worked 22 years as a research scientist at the Institute of Cetacean Research. Dedicated to Japanese Whale Research Program under a Special Permit in the Antarctic (JARPA and JARPAII) for 14 times and led the research fleet as a cruise leader for 6 times.
Hidehiro KATO, PhD is Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology. He also serves as Advisor to the Institute of Cetacean Research.
Hideki Yoshimura is Editor at the Economic News Department of the Sankei Shimbun, Tokyo, Japan
Hideo Miyashita is the Sankei Shimbun Berlin bureau chief.
Hideo Tamura is a senior staff writer and a special commentary writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Hidetoshi Azuma is a fellow at APCO Worldwide.
Hiroaki Tanabe staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Hiroo Watanabe is the foreign news editor and an editorial writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Hiroshi Kimura is professor emeritus of Hokkaido University and of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies. After graduating from Kyoto University with BA in law, he continued his graduate studies at Columbia University, where he earned PhD in political science (1968).
Hiroshi Yoshida is a freelance journalist on sports and rugby. Joining the Sankei Sports in 1989, Yoshida has been writing rugby stories since 1995. As a Sankei Sports reporter, he covered the Rugby World Cup for five consecutive games until the 2015 England. As a field reporter, he witnessed two of Japan’s big games: men’s football team’s win against Brazil at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 and the victory against South Africa at Rugby World Cup 2015. He left Sankei in April 2019.
Hiroyuki Kano is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Foreign News Department. He was a correspondent of the Sankei Shimbun Washington D.C. Bureau.
Ikue Mio is a staff photographer of The Sankei Shimbun’s Photojournalism Bureau.
Ikuro Beppu is a senior editorial writer of the Sankei Shimbun. He is deputy head of the Sankei Shimbun editorial board.
Ilya Lozovsky is an editor and writer specializing in democracy, governance, and the former Soviet Union. Follow him on Twitter at @ichbinilya.
Issei Tanaka is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun Political News Department, currently assigned to reporting on the Ministry of Defense.
J.Berkshire Miller is an international affairs fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, based in Tokyo. Miller is also a senior fellow on East Asia for the EastWest Institute.
Jackie Chang was born in Hong Kong. He has lived in Hong Kong, Canberra, and New York, amongst other places, and is currently living in Japan.
James D.J. Brown is associate professor of political science at Temple University, Japan Campus. Follow him on Twitter at @JamesDJBrown.
James E. Auer is the president and director of the Auer U.S.-Japan Center and emeritus professor at Vanderbilt University. The AUSJC hosts Japanese researchers annually at its offices on the Vanderbilt campus, conducts the annual U.S.-Japan (Defense/Dual Use) Technology Forum for American and Japanese businessmen in Nashville, and, since 2004, an annual U.S.-Japan Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Forum in Washington, D.C. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1983 in a number of positions, including visiting student at the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Staff College (equivalent of the U.S. Navy War College) in Tokyo and serving as executive and commanding officer of guided missile ships of the U.S. Seventh Fleet. From April 1979 until September 1988, he served as Special Assistant for Japan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He holds an A.B. degree from Marquette University and a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. In December 2008 he received the Japanese Government’s “Order of Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.” In December 2015 he was named the first foreign recipient of the annual “Sound Opinion (Seiron) Grand Prize” by the Fujisankei Communications Group.
Currently residing in Tokyo, I have lived in Japan for a total of over 15 years. For this time I have become deeply involved in a wide variety of action sports such as FMX, BMX street and flatland, snowboarding, breakdancing, etc. Through these photographic endeavours I have been able to work with many local and international organizations including Red Bull, G-Shock, Nikon, Sony, Reebok and others. I look forward to spreading the beauty of action sports through out Japan and the world though my photographs.
Jason Morgan is an assistant professor at Reitaku University in Chiba, Japan.
Jeremy Black is Professor of History at Exeter University. He is a prolific lecturer and writer, the author of over 100 books. Many concern aspects of eighteenth century British, European and American political, diplomatic and military history but he has also published on the history of the press, cartography, warfare, culture and on the nature and uses of history itself. He is author of The World of James Bond. The Lives and Times of 007 (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017).
Jessy LeClair is a lifelong Japan fan. She has made over ten trips to Japan, including on a Fulbright Fellowship to Kyoto University. She holds a PhD in Psychology with a focus on cultural influence from the University of California, Santa Barbara. When not working, Jessy enjoys visiting her local farmer’s market for fresh, local vegetables.
John Amari is a writer and innovation consultant from the UK. His main passions are entrepreneurship, science and technology, and travelling. He loves awesome people and inspiring conversations.
John J. Carroll is a Kyoto-based freelance writer and translator who has lived in Japan for three decades. He is author of several books, including Trails of Two Cities: A Walker’s Guide to Yokohama and Kamakura and Japan: Soul of a Nation, as well as numerous newspaper and magazine articles. He received his M.A. degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where he was concurrently a fellow at the East-West Center. He served with the U.S. State Department in China for three years through the spring of 2018 as vice-consul in Beijing and Guangzhou.
JJ O'Donoghue is an Irish freelance journalist living in Kyoto.
Major John Wright is a U.S. Air Force officer, pilot, and a Mike and Maureen Mansfield Fellow with experience living and working in Japan. He is a Foreign Area Officer who specializes in Japanese language and culture. He has served multiple combat tours in Southwest Asia and multiple assignments conducting US-Japan government-to-government affairs. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author, and not those of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Government, Mansfield Foundation, or any government.
Joji MORISHITA,PhD is professor, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology. He was Director-General of Japan’s National Research Institute of Far Seas Fisheries from 2013 to April 2016. He currently serves as Japan’s Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission (IWC). He served as IWC’s Chair from 2016 to 2018. He also serves as Chair of the Scientific Committee of the North Pacific Fisheries Commission (NPFC). Furthermore, he represents Japan at the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), the Meeting on High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean, and other international ocean and environmental meetings. PhD (Agriculture), Kyoto University, Master of Public Policy (MPP), Harvard University. BS, Kyoto University.
Josh Grisdale is originally from Canada and became interested in Japan during high school. He refused to let his disability stop him from following his dream to live and work in Japan and moved to Tokyo in 2007. He now works as the web master for Azalee Group in Edogawa. He became a Japanese citizen in 2016. In his spare time he travels around and reports on accessibility of popular tourist attractions for his website, Accessible Japan, to encourage people with disabilities to come and visit the country he loves.
Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture (JPIC) is an organization that promotes and supports Japan’s publishing industry both domestically and abroad. JPIC’s English translation series, JAPAN LIBRARY, aims to introduce to the world the diverse and multi-layered aspects of Japan and contribute towards the creation of a universal, global knowledge. The books included in the series are picked from a wide range of nonfiction genres such as politics, foreign policy, social sciences, culture, art, history, and science. Furthermore, by offering these works in both print and eBook format, JAPAN LIBRARY hopes to present a view of the real and intrinsic Japan for the world to enjoy.
Jun Sakurada is a professor of political science at Toyo-Gakuen University.
June Teufel Dreyer is a professor of political science at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, where she teaches courses on China, U.S. defense policy, and international relations. Professor Dreyer has lectured to, and taught a course for, National Security Agency analysts, and consults for organizations including the National Geographic and Centra Technology. She is a senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a member of International Institute for Strategic Studies. Her recent book, Middle Kingdom and the Empire of the Rising Sun: Sino-Japanese Relations Past and Present, won the fourth annual Japan Study Award from the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals in Tokyo.
Justin Schroth lives with Muscular Dystrophy, a disability requiring the use of a wheelchair, nevertheless he doesn’t let it dampen his passion. He is currently an Intern with Accessible Japan, helping those living with disabilities find access where they may not have known existed. He has worked with students living with various disabilities and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exceptional Student Education from Daytona State College, located in Florida (USA). For which he received an Award for Outstanding Academic Performance and graduated with High Honors (4.0 GPA). Justin is currently striving toward his goal of working and living in Japan independently.
Kaichi Iwamoto is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Wakayama Bureau, Osaka HQ office.
Kanji Takahashi is a business news writer for The Sankei Shimbun.
Katie Berry is a Chemical Engineering student from Edinburgh, Scotland. She is currently living in Tokyo for 8 weeks, taking on an intern position at an electric corporation
Katsuhiko Kitamoto is a research professor at Nihon Pharmaceutical University.
Katsuhiro Kuroda is visiting editorial in Seoul for Sankei Shimbun.
Katsuro Fujii is a senior staff writer for The Sankei Shimbun Culture News Department and contributor to JAPAN Forward.
Katsushi Nakamura is the City News Editor of The Sankei Shimbun. He was a Los Angeles based correspondent for The Sankei Shimbun.
Katsutoshi Takagi is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun, Department of Economic news.
Kazuhiko Inoue is an independent journalist. He is a member of Seiron, sound opinion group of The Sankei Shimbun.
Kazuhiko Shibusawa is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Cultural news department.
Kazuhisa Hori is President of Enoshima Marine Corporation. Hori was born in April 1966 in Tokyo. In 2002 he joined the predecessor of today’s Enoshima Aquarium. Hori’s company, Enoshima Marine Corporation, also operates the Sagami River Fureai Science Museum Aquarium in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, and the freshwater aquarium Aquatotto Gifu in Kakamigahara City, Gifu Prefecture.
Kazuyuki Sakamoto is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun Foreign News Department.
Kei Arakawa is a former journalist and photographer at Sankei Shimbun. She retired after 17 years to move to Aomori with her family, and still produces videos and articles about her new life in Aomori Prefecture.
Kei Ishinabe is a staff writer of the Political News Department, The Sankei Shimbun.
Keishi Saeki is a professor emeritus, Kyoto University.
Ken Ishii is a senior staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun Culture News Department.
Kengo Matsumoto is a photo journalist at the Photo Journalism Bureau, The Sankei Shimbun.
Kenneth Ruoff is professor of History and director of the Center for Japanese Studies at Portland State University. The Japanese translation of his first book, The People's Emperor, was awarded Japan’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize in 2003.
Kensaku Amano is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun City News Department.
Kinya Fujimoto is Beijing bureau chief of the Sankei Shimbun.
Kirsty Bouwers is a freelance writer. She specialises in food, lifestyle and the arts, with a focus on the wider Tokyo area. Having graduated with a BA in Japanese & the Study of Religions from SOAS, University of London, she will be continuing her academic career with a MA Religion in Global Politics at the same institution in 2019-20.
Kiyoshi Ouchi is a former Middle East Bureau chief of The Sankei Shimbun. He is a staff writer of Foreign News Department, The Sankei Shimbun.
Koichi Furusho is the Director of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals and former Chief of Staff, Maritime Self-Defense Force.
Koichi Shikama is an editorial writer for The Sankei Shimbun.
Koji KAWAMOTO is member of the Japan Academy and Professor Emeritus at The University of Tokyo, where he has taught for 29 years. He was awarded Gold and Silver Star of the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 2013. He is Honorary President of the International Comparative Literature Association and former President of the Japan Comparative Literature Association, as well as academic advisor to Peking Institute for Social Sciences. Kawamoto’s books include Nihon-shiika no dento [The Tradition of Japanese Poetry]（Iwanami-shoten, 1991, which was awarded the Suntory Prize for Arts and Sciences and the Lafcadio Hearn Prize.)
Koji Murata is a professor at Doshisha University.
Koji Okamoto is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Koji Sugimoto is a senior political writer for Sankei Shimbun.
Kosuke Takahashi is a journalist. He is Tokyo correspondent of IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly. He worked for The Asahi Shimbun, Bloomberg News, Huffington Post Japan editor in chief and Thomson Reuters. Born in 1968, Takahashi is a graduate of Columbia University’s J-School and SIPA.
Kota Kiriyama is a photographer of the Sankei Shimbun Photo Journalism Department.
Kumi Uno USHIDA is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun Cultural News Department.
Kumiko Takeuchi is an animal behavioral scientist and essayist.
Kunihiko Miyake is the research director of The Canon Institute of Global Studies. He is also a visiting professor at Ritsumeikan University and president of the Foreign Policy Institute. He was an executive assistant to Mrs. Akie Abe during the first Abe Cabinet, from 2006 to 2007. From 1978 to 2005 he was in the diplomatic service as a member of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, serving in posts such as director of the Japan-US Security Treaty Division, minister at the Embassy of Japan in China, and deputy director-general of the Middle East Bureau. Born in 1953, Miyake is a graduate of the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law.
Kyosuke Sumii is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun International News Department.
Larry Niksch was a Specialist in Asian Affairs at the U.S. Congressional Research until 2010. He currently is affiliated with private research organizations and teaches East Asian Security at George Washington University. The views expressed are his personal views.
Larry M. Wortzel is a senior fellow for Asian Security, American Foreign Policy Council. Dr. Wortzel was reappointed by House Speaker Paul Ryan for a term expiring on December 31, 2018. Commissioner Wortzel served for 32 years in the United States Armed Forces, three years in the Marine Corps followed by 29 years in the Army. A graduate of the U.S. Army War College, he earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Hawaii-Manoa.
Leslie Ann Takinami is a freelance writer with extreme interest in travel and culture in Japan. She has lived in Japan for 12 years and studied at Sophia University.
Louise George Kittaka is a bilingual writer, university lecturer and cross-cultural specialist from New Zealand. She majored in Japanese and Economics at the University of Waikato, and has an MA in Intercultural Studies from SUNY Buffalo. She writes for various English media and contents platforms, and has contributed to numerous EFL study materials for the Japanese market. She also conducts cross-cultural training programs for families leaving or arriving in Japan on corporate assignments, and lectures at Shirayuri Women’s University. Whenever she has the chance, Louise loves going to sweet buffets, karaoke and travelling—both with her family and solo. She is obsessed with anything to do with the Aliens movies.
Luba Ampleva is a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London. Through analysing the phenomenon of Caucasian fashion models working in Tokyo, Luba’s research focuses on issues of ideals of beauty, cultural production as well as migration and migrant labour in contemporary Japan. Fieldwork part of this projects takes place in Tokyo in affiliation with the University of Tokyo. In her free time Luba is passionate about reading, writing, hiking and attending live music events.
Makiko Takita is a political reporter with the Sankei Shimbun.
Makoto Nakashinjo is the editor-in-chief of the Yaeyama Nippo, a local newspaper in Okinawa Prefecture.
Mariko Kamimori is the CEO of Japan Traditional Culture Labo Co., Ltd., which she established with the “aim to revitalize Japanese culture.” After graduating Keio University, Kamimori attended the Sorbonne Nouevelle Paris III University. With the motto “Make people’s lives and hearts more affluent through Japanese culture,” Kamimori engages in planning and consulting Japanese cultural events, and other related businesses. In 2015, she was selected as one of “The 100 Most Influential People for Japan” by Nikkei Business Publications.
Mark Ramseyer is a professor at Harvard Law School in the United States.
Martha Thorne is Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design. Since 2005, she has served as the Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, popularly known as the “Nobel Prize for Architecture”. Her interests have always focused on international contemporary architecture, cities in evolution and changes in the role of the architect. Prior to joining IE University she was Associate Curator of the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago. During her tenure at the museum, her responsibilities involved curating many exhibitions, developing publications, and participating in the ground-breaking study on collecting, archiving, and exhibiting digitally created design materials. She is the co-author of the books Masterpieces of Chicago Architecture and Skyscrapers: The New Millennium, editor and author for The Pritzker Architecture Prize: The First Twenty Years, and author of numerous articles for architectural journals and encyclopedias. Martha Thorne received a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She undertook additional studies at the London School of Economics. She currently serves on an international jury for the award, ArcVision: Women and Architecture, a prize honouring outstanding women architects. She also lectures and assists with international architectural competitions.
Masaaki Sasaki is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun, the former chief correspondent of Moscow Bureau and Rio de Janeiro Bureau of The Sankei Shimbun.
Masahiko Morimoto is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Masahiro Matsumura is a professor of international politics at Momoyama Gakuin University and a visiting research fellow with the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the U.S. National Defense University. The views expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the National Defense University, the Department of Defense or the U.S. government.
Masaki Furumaya is a reporter and photographer for The Sankei Shimbun Photojournalism Department.
Masamichi Kirihara is a photographer of The Sankei Shimbun.
Masaru Sato is a commentator and a nonfiction writer. He is a former Japanese Foreign Ministry intelligence analyst and Russian expert. He has written a large number of books including 'Kokka no wana' (The Trap of the State).
Masashi Kawai is an editorial writer, The Sankei Shimbun.
Masashi Nakamura is a staff writer for Sankei Shimbun.
Dr. Masashi Nishihara is president of the Research Institute for Peace and Security. Previously, he served as president of the National Defense Academy, where he was also a professor of international relations. Among others, Nishihara is a member of the Trilateral Commission as well as the U.K.-Japan 21st Century Group. From 2004 to 2006, he served as a member of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission chaired by former Swedish Foreign Minister Hans Blix. Nishihara has published extensively on Japanese foreign and security policy issues and has contributed to international newspapers.
Masataka Mine is a political staff writer with the Sankei Shimbun.
Masato Inui is the Executive Editor of Sankei Shimbun, Tokyo Head Office.
Masumi Kawasaki is the Sankei Shimbun Shanghai Bureau chief.
Mayu Uetsuka is New York Bureau chief of The Sankei Shimbun.
Mayumi Ogawa is a political staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun.
Megumi Sasaki is a film director, producer, and author. Her first feature-length documentary was the award-winning film, Herb & Dorothy (2008), about legendary New York art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel. In 2013, she released the highly-anticipated follow-up documentary titled Herb & Dorothy 50X50. Her third award-winning feature length documentary, A Whale of a Tale (2017 in Japan, 2018 in the U.S.), was set in the small fishing town of Taiji, Japan, that was featured in the Oscar-winning film, The Cove that denounces the town’s long-standing whale and dolphin hunting. In August 2017, Sasaki published her first book, Okujirasama, providing an in-depth historical and religious analysis of the whaling controversy. The book won the science journalist award 2018 in Japan. She has lived in New York City since 1987.
Michael Yon is a former Green Beret who has been working as an independent writer and photographer since the 1990s and reported from the Iraq and Afghan Wars, and during unrest in Thailand. His investigation of the Interagency Working Group (IWG) report found that the U.S. government uncovered no evidence of forced abductions or sexual enslavement in Japan’s Comfort Women programs.
Michiko Hasegawa is an emeritus professor of Saitama University.
Ezaki Michio was born in Tokyo in 1962, and graduated with a degree in literature from Kyushu University. He has been the editor of a weekly magazine, an association employee, and on the policy staff of a representative in the Japanese Diet. Ezaki writes widely about politics, diplomacy, and security. His books include The Falsehoods of the Tokyo War Crimes Trial: View of History, as Seen from the American Side.
Michito Ida is an economics staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Mie Sasaki is a political editor of The Sankei Shimbun.
Mika Sugiura is the Sankei Shimbun Sapporo bureau chief.
Mikhail M. Bely is a former Russian ambassador to Japan. He was born in 1945 in the Urals of the Soviet Union. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of International Relations in 1968. Later, he studied at the Nanyang University in Singapore. He has worked in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1970, holding different positions in the Soviet embassies in Singapore and China, the Soviet Mission to the United Nations and as director of the Asian Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. He served at different periods as Russian ambassador to Singapore, Indonesia, and Japan. He retired from diplomatic service in 2012.
Miki Ohtaka is a journalist and author.
Mina Mitsui is chief correspondent of the Sankei Shimbun Paris bureau. She has started her journalistic career at the Yomiuri Shimbun, and was Paris Bureau Chief (2011-2015) and Jerusalem Bureau Chief (2006-2009). She published several books; “Islam in Europe” 2015 Shincho-Sha, (Chinese translation published in Taiwan, 2017).
Miroslav Marinov is a Toronto-based writer, blogger and translator. His major fields of interest are philosophy, religion and history, specifically Eastern Orthodox Christian theology and the political philosophy of the early Confucianism. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Philosophy. Among his work is the books, "The Occupy Toronto Circus: a Photo-Chronicle" and "Lynched: The Media War against Rob Ford."
Misaki Hashimoto is a 3rd year student in the Department of English Language and Communications at Showa Women's University
Mitsuhisa Kawase is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Osaka Headquarters.
Mitsuru Sakai is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Mizuho Miyazaki is a photo journalist, The Sankei Shimbun Photo Deapartment.
Mizuki Okada is a staff writer for International News Section of The Sankei Shimbun and JAPAN Forward. She is a former corporate banker for Japanese megabank.
Mo is a travel writer and blogger who’s been living in Japan since 2016. Always keen to try new things, Mo’s adventures have lead her from Nagoya to Kanazawa and finally to the bright lights of Tokyo. You can read more about her travels and life as an expat at strangerinparadise.blog. She is originally from Los Angeles, California.
Moe Okitsu is a 3rd year student in the Department of English Language and Communications at Showa Women’s University
Dr. Monika Chansoria is a Senior Fellow at The Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo. Previously, she has held appointments at the Sandia National Laboratories (U.S.), Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan), and Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (Paris). She specializes in contemporary Asian security and weapons’ proliferation issues, and, Great Power politics and strategy in the Indo-Pacific. Dr. Chansoria has authored five books which include her latest work “China, Japan and Senkaku Islands: Conflict in the East China Sea Amid an American Shadow” (Routledge © 2018) and “Nuclear China: A Veiled Secret” (2014) among others. Follow her on Twitter @MonikaChansoria.
Nancy Snow is co-editor of the SAGE Handbook of Propaganda and the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy along with ten other books. Her book, Japan’s Information War, will be published in Japanese in 2020. Dr. Snow is Pax Mundi Professor of Public Diplomacy at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies and a Tokyo-based consultant on media and public affairs. From February to June 2020, she will hold the Walt Disney Chair in Global Media at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University.
Naohisa Hanzawa is a senior staff writer at the city news department of The Sankei Shimbun.
Naoki Hyakuta is an author and screenwriter. He is born in Osaka, particularly known for his 2006 novel The Eternal Zero, which became a popular 2013 film. He was a governor of public broadcaster NHK. He is also famous of his outspoken comments on various controversial issues in history and in politics.
Naoki Otake is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Tokyo HQ, City News Department.
Naoko Yamagami is an editorial writer for The Sankei Shimbun and contributor to JAPAN Forward.
Dr. Naotaka Kimizuka is a professor at Kanto Gakuin University. He was born in Tokyo in 1967. After graduating from the College of Arts at Rikkyo University, he spent time as a foreign student at the University of Oxford, before completing his graduate studies at Sophia University’s Graduate School of Humanities, where he received a PhD in history. He specializes in British political and diplomatic history. Among his many published books are Rikken kunshusei no genzai — Nihonjin wa shocho tenno iji dekiru ka (The Constitutional Monarchy Today — Can the Japanese Really Preserve a “Symbolic Emperor?”), which was published by Shincho Sensho and awarded the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities. He also wrote a biography of Queen Victoria.
Nobuhiko Yamaguchi is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Economic News Department.
Nobuhiro Kishigami is currently executive director of the National Institutes for the Humanities, Tokyo, Japan, in addition to professor of the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan. Since the mid-1980s, he has been conducting research on Indigenous cultures and societies in Arctic North America as well as urban centers of Canada, with a focus upon the Inuit of Canada. In recent years, his studies have extended to Indigenous bowhead hunting in northwestern Alaska and Arctic Canada. Having an interest in indigenous cultures along the North Pacific Rim, he plans to organize and carry out his research of the history and socio-cultural changes among the indigenous peoples along the North Pacific Rim.
Nobuyuki Aoki is a journalist and Senior Advisor of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, responsible for strengthening information dissemination for the foundation. Previously worked for the Japanese daily newspaper The Sankei Shimbun in positions including editorial writer, deputy editor, and bureau chief in New York, Singapore, and Washington D.C. Served as a visiting scholar at the University of Hawaii from 1996-1997, focusing on Japan-US relations and security in the Asia-Pacific region. He is co-author of books, Unsealing Postwar History, Volumes 2 and 3 (1995, The Sankei Shimbun).
Nobuyuki Kaji is a professor emeritus of Osaka University and a Japanese philosophy educator. Born in 1936 at Osaka, he studied mainly Japanese and Chinese philosophy. Doctor of Philosophy at Tohoku University, Sendai City, Japan in 1982. He is an author of numerous number of books. Those publications are among his works; A Study of Chinese Logic History, 1983, Confucius, 1984, A Study of the Confucius Analects, 1984, A Study of the History of Japanese Philosophy, 1985.
Noriaki Abe presently serves as Director for International Trade, Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan, in charge of mainly WTO issues. Since joined MOFA in 1997, he has worked at the Second North America Division (economic relations including trade, investment, energy and environment cooperation), the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C., Minister’s Secretariat, First Southeast Asia Division (Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar Laos and Cambodia), Policy Coordination Division, Japan-US Security Treaty Division and Northeast Asia Division (North Korea, ROK, Six-Party Talks) and U.N. Policy Division (Security Council matters). He recently worked at the Embassy of Japan in Beijing, PRC, the Japanese Delegation to the OECD (2015-18) and Policy Coordinator at the G7/G20 Sherpa Office. His academic background includes a B.A. in law from the University of Tokyo, LL.M. from the Duke University Law School and M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He is also a visiting scholar at the Institute for International Trade and Investment (ITI) and a member of the Japan Association for the United Nations Studies (JAUNS). He and his wife Mayuko have two children.
Norio Sakurai is a correspondent of the Sankei Shimbun Seoul bureau.
Norm Nakamura is a content producer and photographer living in Tokyo, Japan. He primarily focuses on shooting Shamisen-related content while also running a YouTube channel called Tokyo Lens. He is one of the only apprentices of the Tsugaru Shamisen, Yoshida Brothers, and dedicates most of his time and life to the Shamisen.
Oliver Trapnell is an exchange student at Waseda University and a travel blogger based in Tokyo, Japan. He is originally from Berkshire in the United Kingdom.
Paul Blustein is a senior fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation.
Paul Griffith was formerly an associate professor at Saitama University (Education Faculty). He read for a Phd degree at Oxford University in the field of Japanese theatre history, and has been a translator and narrator for the Earphone Guide Co. Ltd. at the Kabukiza and the Tokyo National Theatre. He is also a translator and narrator for many Kabuki DVDs, and has written subtitles for Cinema Kabuki. Previously, he worked in the Japanese department of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and continues to work as a volunteer for the British Museum’s online database of Kabuki actor prints.
Paul Martin is a former British Museum curator, and a Hyogiin (Trustee) for the Nihonto Bunka Shinko Kyokai (NBSK). He is also an appointed Bunka Meister (Master of Culture: Japanese Swords) by the Japonisme Shinko Kai (Honganji).
Peter Tasker is a Tokyo-based analyst with Arcus Research and an occasional contributor to JAPAN Forward. His website: http://www.petertasker.asia/
Rei Miyake is a journalist in the culture section of the Sankei Shimbun.
Reo Otsubo is a technology reporter for The Sankei Shimbun, Economical News Department.
Rob Fahey is a PhD researcher at Waseda University’s Graduate School of Political Science. Follow him on Twitter at @robfahey
Robert D. Eldridge, a senior fellow at the Japan Strategic Studies Forum in Tokyo, is the former political advisor for the United States Marine Corps in Japan and the author of dozens of books on U.S.-Japan relations, including The Origins of U.S. Policy in the East China Sea Islands Dispute (Routledge, 2014).
Robert Morton is a professor at Chuo University. His biography of A.B. Mitford in Japan, A.B. Mitford and the Birth of Japan as a Modern State, was published by Renaissance Books and is available on amazon.co.jp. He received the fifth Kokkiken Japan Study Award from the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals (JINF) for his book.
Robert Sutter (firstname.lastname@example.org) is professor of the practice of international affairs at George Washington University. His most recent book, The United States and Asia: Regional Dynamics and Twenty-First-Century Relations, is published by Rowman and Littlefield (second edition, October 2019). His previous books include Axis of Authoritarians: Implications of China-Russia Cooperation, with Richard Ellings, (Seattle WA: National Bureau of Asian Research, 2018).
Robert Whiting is the author of several highly acclaimed books on contemporary Japan, including the best-selling You Gotta Have Wa (MacMillan, 1989; Vintage, 2009) and Tokyo Underworld (Pantheon, 1999; Vintage Departures 2000), which describes organized crime in Japan and examines the corrupt side of the Japan-US relationship. The Meaning of Ichiro(Warner Books, 2005), describes the impact of the outfielder Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners and other Japanese stars on U.S. baseball. Mr. Whiting first came to Japan in 1962 and has lived in Japan for nearly 40 of the past 56 years. He divides his time between Tokyo and the Central Coast of California.
Rui Abiru is Editorial writer and political section editorial staff member.
Dr Rupakjyoti Borah is a Senior Research Fellow with the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies in Tokyo. The views expressed here are personal. He is the author of The Elephant and the Samurai: Why Japan Can Trust India and Act-East via the Northeast. Twitter @rupakj
Russell Hsiao is the executive director of the Global Taiwan Institute in Washington, DC, and an adjunct fellow at the Honolulu-based Pacific Forum. The views expressed in this op-ed are his own.
Ryan is from America, but has loved living in Japan for the last couple of years. A fun fact is that he’s visited more Japanese prefectures that American states in his home country, almost three times as many in fact! Ryan’s occupation is teaching English, which he loves doing, but his hobby and passion is writing. In his free time, Ryan also likes to travel, seeing new sights and cultures.
Ryosuke Endou is an editorial writer and a former Moscow bureau chief of The Sankei Shimbun newspaper.
Ryosuke Kawaguchi is a photographer of the Sankei Shimbun Photo Journalism Department.
Ryozo Kato is a former Japanese ambassador to the US. He served as the Commissioner of Nippon Professional Baseball and Corporate Advisor at Mitsubishi Corporation. He joined Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1965 and served as its Director General of Asian Affairs Bureau, Director of General Affairs, Director of Foreign policy and Ambassador to the U.S until 2008.
Ryunosuke Endo is executive vice president of FUJI Television.
We are Megumi Yokota’s father and mother, Shigeru and Sakie. Thank you for everything you do to support us. We and the other family members of the abductees are getting older, and our bodies are growing weak. It is becoming difficult for us to stand on the front lines of the rescue efforts. We cannot make as many public appeals as we once could. But we will go on using every means available to us to appeal for the rescue of the abductees. We put down in writing here our thoughts and feelings for our daughter. We will fight until the end, believing that every abductee will come home again. We beg of you: join us in the fight.
Saori Sugeno is Executive Director, Economic Research with Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited. The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the official policy or position of Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited.
Born and raised in Britain, Sara found herself in Japan in a search for (the other half of) her identity. Her hobbies are hiking, music, and noticing everyday cultural differences as a foreigner living in Japan.
Satoko Yuhara is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Satoshi Aida is a staff writer of Sankei Shimbun Economic news department.
Satoshi Kuwahara is a senior writer with the Sankei Shimbun, Culture News Section.
Satoshi Sekoguchi is an editorial board member of The Sankei Shimbun.
Scott Parsons is the director of Hathaway Brown’s signature Institute for 21st Century. He also directs the Osborne Writing Center at HB and has taught college and high school English. His writing has appeared in English Journal, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and in the anthology Creative Writing in the Community.
Sean Carroll is an English freelance football journalist who has been covering Japanese football for various domestic and international outlets since 2009. Follow him on Twitter at @seankyaroru.
Sem Huizer is a Dutch economist based in Hong Kong. He studied economics in both the Netherlands and Hong Kong. He closely follows the global economic affairs and has a special interest in the economic development of East Asia. He greatly admires Japanese culture and visited the country seven times since 2012.
Şenol Hasan is an English assistant language teacher (ALT) for Motomiya City in Fukushima prefecture. In August 2018 he left his former life in London where he worked on construction projects for an NHS Hospital, to embark on a new adventure in Japan. When Şenol is not in the classroom, he is out on the road exploring Fukushima and Tohoku. Şenol was born and raised in London however his family are originally from North Cyprus.
Sheila Cliffe was born in Plymouth, England in 1961 and relocated to Japan in 1985. She gradutated from Suzunoya Kimono Gakuin and received a special award for her work in spreading kimono culture from Minzoku Ishou Bunka Fukyuu Kyoukai. She wears kimono regularly, and has taken a PhD in the study of kimono trends. She teaches kimono culture and dressing, and studied dyeing under Sassa Reiko. I have spoken in Japan and in many other countries on kimono culture, and have published a book and articles in many journals. She has worked tirelessly in events in Japan and abroad to increase cultural understanding of Japan through spreading knowledge of kimono culture around the world.
Shigeki Harada is a senior staff writer for Sankei Shimbun.
To the people of Japan: We are Megumi Yokota’s father and mother, Shigeru and Sakie. Thank you for everything you do to support us. We and the other family members of the abductees are getting older, and our bodies are growing weak. It is becoming difficult for us to stand on the front lines of the rescue efforts. We cannot make as many public appeals as we once could. But we will go on using every means available to us to appeal for the rescue of the abductees. We put down in writing here our thoughts and feelings for our daughter. We will fight until the end, believing that every abductee will come home again. We beg of you: join us in the fight.
Shiho Starla Kay is a social media specialist currently working for a global IT company in Tokyo. Raised in both Japan and America, she is passionate about spreading an attractive culture of Japan to the world and occasionally writes a blog for Japan Forward.
Shimpei Okuhara is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun, Political News Department in Tokyo.
Shin Sato is a staff consultant of The Sankei Shimbun Sales Department and a writer for JAPAN Forward.
Shinichi Kiyomiya is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Political News department.
Shinji Ono is a science & technology news writer of The Sankei Shimbun, Science News Department.
Shinya Okumura is staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun, Sports News Department.
Sho Fujihara is a sports staff writer for Sankei Shimbun.
Shogo Otsuka is a senior staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun economic news department.
Shohei Mitsuka is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun International News Department.
Shohei Nagatsuji is a senior staff writer and an editorial writer for The Sankei Shimbun.
Shuji Ozaki is a photographer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Shunichi Takahashi is editor in chief of the Fujisankei Business i., the Japanese-language business newspaper published by the Fujisankei Communications Group from Monday to Friday.
Sir Hugh Cortazzi served as Britain’s ambassador to Japan from 1980 to 1984, president of the Asiatic Society of Japan from 1982 to 1983, and chairman of the Japan Society of London from 1985 to 1995.
Sotaro Nagasawa is a Sports and Fashion navigator. Nagasawa started his career as a model, working not only in Japan but in Milan, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China. Later he expanded his career as an actor / talent in various programs, including the main caster for WOWOW’s NBA program from 2011 to 2018. As a sports navigator, he’s written columns for Number magazine for years and interviews covering big name athletes such as Naomi Osaka, Ricky Fowler, Haruyo Nomura, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Dwight Howard, Kylie Irving, Chris Mullin, Toni Kukoc, Charles Barkley, Dikembe Mutombo, Kevin Durant, Steve Kerr and more. He also runs a youth basketball clinic connecting ex-top basketball players to young students
LEE Sotetsu is a professor of Ryukoku University at Faculty of Sociology in Japan.
Journalist graduated from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in Japanese Language and Literature, Stefania Viti has lived in Tokyo for about ten years. She worked as a editor for the Japanese magazine “amarena” (Fusosha Publishing Inc.) and contributed to many Italian newspapers. She writes about contemporary Japan for national and international publications. She is a member of the AISTUGIA (Italian Association for Japanese Studies). For the Real Cinema Feltrinelli series she edited the book “The Sushi” released with the Italian version of DVD “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”; she also edited “The Art of Sushi” (2015), published by Gribaudo Editions as an enhanced and illustrated edition of “The Sushi”. She wrote “The Traditional Sushi” (2016) and “The Ramen Book” (2017).
Born in 1931, Sukehiro Hirakawa is emeritus professor at the University of Tokyo and a director at the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals. A prolific scholar and author, Professor Hirakawa has studied in France, Germany, and Italy, translated the Divine Comedy into Japanese, published and/or edited dozens of books, worked extensively in Japanese modern history, and has won, among other awards, the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities, the Yomiuri Prize for Literature, the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon, the Watsuji Tetsurō Culture Prize, the Order of the Sacred Treasure, and the Japan Essayist Club Prize. A version of this Yasukuni essay appeared, in Japanese, in the newsmagazine Will (September, 2014), and in Professor Hirakawa’s latest book, Nihonjin ni umarete, maa, yokatta (Shinchōsha, 2014). Professor Hirakawa’s English works include Japan’s Love-Hate Relationship with the West (Global Oriental, 2005).
Suzuko Hirano is a theatre actress and kimono model. She was born in 1994 at Chiba prefecture, and trained in Urasenke Chado (Japanese tea ceremony), Ikenobo Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), Gagaku (Japanese Imperial Court Music) Ryuteki (Japanese flute) performance. A Tokyo Wabunka Culture Project Ambassador, dresses foreign tourists in kimono and teaches Japanese calligraphy.
Tadae Takubo is vice president of Japan Institute for National Fundamentals and professor emeritus at Kyorin University.
Tadashi Narabayashi is a specially appointed professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and a director at the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals.
Taichi Hamakawa is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun City News Department, Osaka Head office.
Takafumi Uno is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Economic news department.
Takahiro Namura is the Sankei Shimbun Seoul bureau chief.
Takakuni Takahashi is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun Cultural News Department, Tokyo.
Takao Harakawa is a staff writer of the Political News Department, The Sankei Shimbun.
Takashi Arimoto is the deputy managing editor and head of senior staff writers’ office of the Sankei Shimbun.
Takashi Hirao is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Economic News Department.
Dr. Takashi Kawakami is president of the Institute of World Studies at Takushoku University and professor in the Graduate School of Takushoku University.
Takashi Mishina is a staff writer for Sankei Shimbun.
Takeo Kusaka is a senior staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Science News department.
Takeshi Toyokawa is deputy editor of the Sankei Shimbun.
Takeyoshi Mizokami is a reporter of The Sankei Shimbun, Tokyo HQ office, and is an editor of Monthly magazine "Seiron."
Takuro Inoue was born in 1974 in Tokyo. Currently, he resides in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture. He has been creating video footage of sports (telemark skiing and mountain biking) since the early stages of non-linear video editing with the use of computers. Inoue went on to make promotional videos for video games and TV commercials. He currently engages in creative work in nature, mountain filmmaking and photography through his company, HAPPY DAYZ PRODUCTIONS. He is scheduled to release a new work, his 6th DVD, in autumn this year.
Tatsuya Kato is the former Seoul bureau chief of the Sankei Shimbun. He is now senior staff writer at the Tokyo headquarters.
Taylor Bond is a writer and photographer who spent a year living in Tokyo, Japan, as a travel writer and student at Waseda University. She can be reached via Instagram at @james.blonde8 or @0.5ratsphoto.
Tetsuhide Yamaoka is a researcher at The Institute of Moralogy and President of Australia-Japan Community Network(AJCN) Inc. He holds postgraduate degrees from The University of Sydney (M.A.) and The University of New South Wales (M.Com.). He is a regular contributor of both paper based and online magazines. He is author of several books.
Dr. Thomas Cynkin is the vice president of external affairs at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security. He is a former United States diplomat and was the Asian affairs advisor to two U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations and two deputy secretaries of state.
Timothy Nerozzi is an American journalist living and writing in Niigata, Japan. He reports on Japanese society, Vatican politics, and international policy.
Tom O’Sullivan is the founder of Mathyos Japan, is a former investment banker, and is a Civil Engineer and Chartered Accountant.
Tomoaki Uyama is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun Osaka HQ.
Toru Matsugaki is a staff writer for The Sankei Shimbun Regional Department.
Toshi Yoshihara is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.
Toshihiko Isao, is a painter and ukiyo-e scholar. Isao’s studio is chock full of thousands of old records, CDs, and books lined up along the walls. Isao has a deep and learned appreciation for music as well as art, and is particularly enamored of LPs. Isao can also play the classical guitar. He enjoys performing together with others who share his passion for music, and also likes digging through the stacks at used record shops for finds. In music as in art, Isao is always on the lookout for artists still relatively unknown to the rest of the world!
Toshihiro Kushida is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun at Tokyo Headquarters office.
Toyohiro Ichioka is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun, City News Department.
Tsutomu Nishioka is a senior fellow and a planning committee member at the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals and a visiting professor at Reitaku University. He covers South and North Korea.
Originally from the sunny shores of Southern California, Victor moved to Japan in 2012 to explore new opportunities. Since then, he has become a professional photographer and content creator, focusing on sharing the best of what Japan has to offer to the world. You can find his photography over on his Instagram account: FrameofTravel.
Wayne Hatcher lived in Kitakyushu from 1996-1999. He currently teaches English and psychology at Hathaway Brown School in Cleveland, Ohio. When not at school, he enjoys the company of his wife and two young daughters.
Will Fee is a recent graduate of Oxford University's MPhil in Japanese Studies. During his time at Oxford, Will's research focused primarily on Japanese postwar history and literature, with a particular emphasis on the life and work of writer Ōe Kenzaburō. Prior to his time at Oxford, Will lived, worked and studied in various locations throughout the former Soviet Union. He thus maintains a strong interest in the current affairs of the Russian-speaking world, and Central Asia in particular. Will is currently studying advanced Japanese language at the Inter-University Centre for Japanese Studies in Yokohama.
Willy Lam is an adjunct professor at the Center for China Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping (Routledge, 2015).
Yasushi Tomiyama is a senior research fellow and Planning Committee member at the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals and a former foreign news editor and bureau chief in Washington, D.C., London and Bangkok for the Jiji Press.
Yasuto Tanaka is Taipei bureau chief for the Sankei Shimbun.
Yohei Sasakawa is chairman of the Japan Foundation.
Yohei Ushijima is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun, Osaka Economy News Department.
Yoichi Shimada is a professor of International Politics at Fukui Prefectual University, Japan. He is a planning committee member and a senior fellow at the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals. He covers U.S. politics and diplomacy.
Yoko Ishii is known to her legions of fans as “Random Yoko.” She was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1985. A graduate of Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka majoring in English, Yoko began posting videos to YouTube in 2006. In 2011, she won the first YouTube NextUp award. Her YouTube channel on politics and history, randomyoko2, has more than 50,000 subscribers and has been viewed more than 6.5 million times. She has appeared in numerous print, online, and television outlets, and has published a book on the subject of patriotism: Shin Aikokuron. She is based in Fukuoka.
Yorio FUJIMOTO is associate professor of Kokugakuin University Faculty of Shinto Studies in Tokyo from 2014. He was born in Okayama Prefecture in 1974. Doctoral degree course in Kokugakuin University lecturer in 2011.
Yoshiaki Nishimi is the Beijing correspondent for Sankei Shimbun
Yoshiaki Wada, 48, is a member of the House of Representatives of Japan. He is vice chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the LDP and chairman of start up subcommittee of the LDP. Previously, he worked for 20 years for Mitsubishi Corporation. He has traveled to over 35 countries, and lived in India for 5 years, Peru for 1 year, and France for 4 years. He is a big fan of traveling, dining, cooking, and sports, such as tennis, rugby, kickboxing, scuba diving.
Yoshifumi Hibako is a former Ground Self-Defense Force chief of staff. Born in 1951 in Fukuoka Prefecture, he enlisted in the Ground Self-Defense Forces upon graduating from the Self Defense Academy in March 1974. After becoming infantry leader in the staff rangers course, he assumed the position of commander for the 1st Airborne Brigade (Narashino), as well as Ground Staff Officer. Hibako has an extensive work history that includes: 3rd Infantry Regiment Commanding Officer (Nayoro), 1st Airborne Brigade Commander (Narashino), 10th Division Commander (Nagoya), Chief-Secretary of the Self Defense Academy (Vice President, Yokosuka), and Central Army Commissioner (Itami). He became the 32nd Ground Self Defense Force Chief of Staff in March 2009. Hibako was chief of staff at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake and led disaster relief efforts. He retired in August 2011. Hibako is currently adviser to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group, a member of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals Board of Directors, a member of the Kaikosha Board of Directors, part-time lecturer at Tsukuba University, and standing director of the All Japan Judo Federation. He holds a 5th-dan Judo ranking. Hibako’s publication is titled Sokudo Hissui
Yoshihisa Komori is an associate Washington correspondent for the Sankei Shimbun.
Yoshikazu Hiroike is a political staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Yoshikazu Ueki is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun, Himeji Bureau.
Yoshiko Sakurai is president of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals.
Yoshinari "Yoshi" Kurose, a journalist specialized in international security and foreign affairs, is Washington DC Bureau Chief of The Sankei Shimbun. As a newspaper reporter, he spends much of his career as a foreign correspondent. Previously posted in New Delhi, India (1997~2000) and Jakarta, Indonesia (2002~2006) as Bureau chief of The Yomiuri Shimbun, he covered extensively on South Asia and South East Asia regional security issues in the field, including violent extremism in both regions. As a student of American studies, also had served as a DC correspondent for the Yomiuri from 2008 to 2012, before taking up present position in Sankei in 2017. A graduate of Keio Gijuku University in Japan, he holds bachelor’s degree in both political science and journalism.
Yoshinori Yamasawa is a reporter of The Sankei Shimbun, Economic Department.
Yoshitake Imamura is staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun, Economic News Department.
Youko Miyake is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun.
Yūji Imai is an economic staff writer with Sankei Shimbun.
Yukako Ueki is a staff writer of City News Department at The Sankei Shimbun Tokyo HQ office.
Yukari Tanaka is a freelance journalist/writer specializing in art, culture, and entertainment. She was born and bred in Europe. University of San Francisco and Sophia University Graduate School of Global Studies alumni. She is a pentalingual (English, Japanese, Korean, Italian, and French), and has an all-out love for penguins.
Yasuaki Watanabe is a staff photo journalist of the Sankei Shimbun, Osaka HQ Photojournalism section.
Yukihiro Watanabe, JAPAN Forward advisor, is the organizer of Gillie Club, a members-only club that offers a platform for cultural and social exchange and interactions among people with similar interests. He is also chief editor of Labunraku, a web portal supporting the traditional form of Japanese puppet theatre, Bunraku; a producer of events for novice Japanese culture enthusiasts; a visiting professor at Tama University Research Institute; and also serves as executive director for Ryori Volunteer No Kai (Food Volunteer Group), a foundation where member chefs visit disaster areas in Japan and serve food.
Yukiko Yokoyama is staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Cultural news department in Osaka.
Yumiko Yamamoto is president of “Japanese Women for Justice and Peace”, the NGO based in Japan.
Yuriko Koike is the governor of Tokyo. She has proposed great reforms for the capital city, and here sets forth her vision for Tokyo and for Japan in light of her own experiences.
Lieutenant Commander Yusuke Saito is a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force surface warfare officer and a researcher for JMSDF Command and Staff College. He is a candidate for a master’s in foreign service at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. The views expressed in this article are of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect the stance of the JMSDF. Copyright US Naval Institute Proceedings magazine. Reprinted with permission from the US Naval Institute.
Yutaka Teshigawara is JAPAN Forward association Inc. Director.
Yuya Hosoda is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun, Osaka City News Department.