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 a senior staff writer for the foreign news desk at the Sankei Shimbun. He is also a deputy director of the Sankei Shimbun Foreign News Department.
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.
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.
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.
Chelsea Jeter is an American blogger with a background in health and personal development. She is from Austin, TX.
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.
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 magazine and runs the news portal Japan Story. He is a former BBC Business Reporter and is a regular contributor to JAPAN Forward.
Eiji Honma is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun 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.
Gen Koganezaki is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Grant Newsham is a senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies and a retired United States Marine Officer. He was the 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.
Hideki Yoshimura is a chief correspondent for The Sankei Shimbun Singapore Bureau.
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.
Hiro Watanabe is the foreign news editor 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).
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.
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.
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).
Jun Sakurada is a professor of political science at Toyo-Gakuen University.
June Teufel Dreyer is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami in the United States and a past commissioner of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Commission. 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.
Kanji Takahashi is a business news writer for The Sankei Shimbun.
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.
Los Angeles 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.
Kazuhiko Shibusawa is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Cultural news department.
Kazuyuki Sakamoto is assistant editor and staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Kei Ishinabe is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun political news department.
Keishi Saeki is a professor emeritus, Kyoto University.
Ken Ishii is a senior staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun Culture News Department.
Kensaku Amano is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun City News Department.
Kinya Fujimoto is Beijing bureau chief of 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 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.
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.
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.
Masaaki Sasaki is a staff writer of Sankei Shimbun. He is the former Sankei Shimbun Moscow Bureau chief.
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.
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 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.
Sankei Shimbun New York Bureau Chief.
Mayumi Ogawa is a political staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun.
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.
Mika Sugiura is the Sankei Shimbun Sapporo bureau chief.
Miki Ohtaka is a journalist and author.
Mina Mitsui is chief correspondent of the Sankei Shimbun Paris bureau reporting from Paris.
Mitsuhisa Kawase is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Osaka Headquarters.
Mitsuru Sakai is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Dr. Monika Chansoria is a Senior Visiting Fellow at The Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo. She is the author of five books, including her latest work, China, Japan and Senkaku Islands: Conflict in the East China Sea amid an American Shadow (© 2017). Follow her on Twitter @MonikaChansoria.
Nancy Snow (website) is editor of Propaganda and American Democracy (LSU Press, 2014) and author/editor/coeditor of ten other books on media and politics, including Japan’s Information War. She is Pax Mundi Professor of Public Diplomacy at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies and a Tokyo-based consultant on media and public affairs.
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 government broadcaster NHK. He is also famous of his outspoken comments on various controversial issues in history and in politics.
Nobuhiko Yamaguchi is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Economic News Department.
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.
Norio Sakurai is a correspondent of the Sankei Shimbun Seoul bureau.
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/
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 Sutter is professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University. Sutter’s latest book is Foreign Relations of The PRC: The Legacies and Constraints of China’s International Politics [second edition] (Rowman & Littlefield 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 with the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. His latest book is The Elephant and the Samurai: Why Japan Can Trust India. He has been an assistant professor of international relations in India and a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK), the Japan Institute of International Affairs (Tokyo), and the Australian National University (Canberra). The views expressed are personal. He can be reached at email@example.com or via Twitter @rupakj.
Ryosuke Endo is Moscow bureau chief of the Sankei Shimbun.
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.
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.
Satoko Yuhara is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Satoshi Aida is a staff writer of Sankei Shimbun Economic news department.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Takafumi Uno is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Economic news department.
Takahiro Namura is the Sankei Shimbun Seoul bureau chief.
Takao Harakawa is a staff writer for 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.
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 journalist and president of the Australia-Japan Community Network.
Tom O’Sullivan is the founder of Mathyos Japan, is a former investment banker, and is a Civil Engineer and Chartered Accountant.
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 well-known expert in Korean Peninsula affairs, a member of the planning Committee at the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals and a visiting professor at Reitaku University. This article was first published on May 1, 2018, by the JINF.
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.
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).
Yasuto Tanaka is Taipei bureau chief for the Sankei Shimbun.
Yohei Sasakawa is chairman of the Japan Foundation.
Yoichi Shimada is a professor of International Politics at Fukui University, Japan.
Yoshiaki Nishimi is the Beijing correspondent for Sankei Shimbun
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.
Yoshiko Sakurai is president of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals.
Yoshinari Kurose is a Senior Staff Writer for Sankei Shimbun.
Youko Miyake is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun.
Yūji Imai is an economic staff writer with Sankei Shimbun.
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.