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Rui Abiru
Rui Abiru is Editorial writer and political section editorial staff member.
Satoshi Aida
Satoshi Aida is a staff writer of Sankei Shimbun Economic news department.
Kensaku Amano
Kensaku Amano is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun City News Department.
Takashi Arimoto
Takashi Arimoto is the deputy managing editor and head of senior staff writers’ office of the Sankei Shimbun.
James E. Auer
James E. Auer is emeritus professor at Vanderbilt University where he directs the Center for U.S.-Japan Studies and Cooperation.
Hidetoshi Azuma
Hidetoshi Azuma is a fellow at APCO Worldwide.
Duncan Bartlett
Duncan Bartlett is a former BBC Business Reporter and founder of Japan Story.
Jeremy Black
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).
Paul Blustein
Paul Blustein is a senior fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation.
Rupakjyoti Borah
Dr Rupakjyoti Borah is a Visiting Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The views expressed are his own. His recent book is The Elephant and the Samurai: Why Japan Can Trust India.
James D.J. Brown
James D.J. Brown is associate professor of political science at Temple University, Japan Campus. Follow him on Twitter at @JamesDJBrown
Arielle Busetto
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 this summer, and is originally from Siena, Italy.
Sean Carroll
Sean Carroll is an English freelance football journalist who has been covering Japanese football for various domestic and international outlets since 2009. He covers this final of the Club World Cup from YOKOHAMA, Japan. Follow him on Twitter at @seankyaroru
Monika Chansoria
Dr Monika Chansoria is a Tokyo-based Senior Fellow at The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA). Follow her on Twitter @MonikaChansoria.
Sir Hugh Cortazzi
The late 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.
June Teufel Dreyer
June Teufel Dreyer is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami in the United States. Her most 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.
Robert D Eldridge
Robert D. Eldridge is a former tenured associate professor of Japanese political and diplomatic history at Osaka University, served as the political and public diplomacy advisor and deputy assistant chief of staff, G-7 (Government and External Affairs), Marine Corps Installations Pacific, in Okinawa, from 2009-2015 and is the award-wining author, editor, translator, and contributor to more than sixty books about U.S.-Japan relations, including The Origins of the Bilateral Okinawa Problem (Routledge, 2001).
Ryosuke Endo
Ryosuke Endo is Moscow bureau chief of the Sankei Shimbun.
Ryunosuke Endo
Ryunosuke Endo is executive vice president of FUJI Television.
Michio Ezaki
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.
Rob Fahey
Rob Fahey is a PhD researcher at Waseda University’s Graduate School of Political Science. Follow him on Twitter at @robfahey
Sho Fujihara
Sho Fujihara is a sports staff writer for Sankei Shimbun.
Kinya Fujimoto
Kinya Fujimoto is Beijing bureau chief of the Sankei Shimbun.
Koichi Furusho
Koichi Furusho is the Director of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals and former Chief of Staff, Maritime Self-Defense Force.
Angela Greulich
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.
Paul Griffith
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.
Shigeki Harada
Shigeki Harada is a senior staff writer for Sankei Shimbun.
Takao Harakawa
Takao Harakawa is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Michiko Hasegawa
Michiko Hasegawa is an emeritus professor of Saitama University.
Rieko Hayakawa
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.
Chrisella Herzog
Chrisella Herzog is the editor-in-chief of WhiteHat Magazine. Follow her on Twitter at @Chrisella and WhiteHat Magazine at @WhiteHatMag
Yoshifumi Hibako
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.
Sukehiro Hirakawa
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).
Takashi Hirao
Takashi Hirao is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Economic News Department.
Yoshikazu Hiroike
Yoshikazu Hiroike is a political staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Eiji Honma
Eiji Honma is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun News Department.
Naoki Hyakuta
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.
Michito Ida
Michito Ida is an economics staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Yūji Imai
Yūji Imai is an economic staff writer with Sankei Shimbun.
Kazuhiko Inoue
Kazuhiko Inoue is an independent journalist.
Masato Inui
Masato Inui is the Executive Editor of Sankei Shimbun, Tokyo Head Office.
Toshihiko Isao
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!
Kei Ishinabe
Kei Ishinabe is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun political news department.
Colin P.A. Jones
Colin P.A. Jones is a law professor, Doshisha Law School at Kyoto.
Nobuyuki Kaji
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.
Yasushi Kanematsu
Ryozo Kato
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.
Tatsuya Kato
Tatsuya Kato is the former Seoul bureau chief of the Sankei Shimbun. He is now senior staff writer at the Tokyo headquarters.
Takashi Kawakami
Dr. Takashi Kawakami is president of the Institute of World Studies at Takushoku University and professor in the Graduate School of Takushoku University.
Masumi Kawasaki
Masumi Kawasaki is the Sankei Shimbun Shanghai Bureau chief.
Mitsuhisa Kawase
Mitsuhisa Kawase is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Osaka Headquarters.
Hiroshi Kimura
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).
Katsuhiko Kitamoto
Katsuhiko Kitamoto is a research professor at Nihon Pharmaceutical University.
Shinichi Kiyomiya
Shinichi Kiyomiya is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Political News department.
Gen Koganezaki
Gen Koganezaki is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Yuriko Koike
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.
Yoshihisa Komori
Yoshihisa Komori is the associate Washington correspondent for the Sankei Shimbun.
Katsuhiro Kuroda
Katsuhiro Kuroda is visiting editorial writer in Seoul for the Sankei Shimbun.
Yoshinari Kurose
Yoshinari Kurose is the Washington Bureau Chief for the Sankei Shimbun.
Takeo Kusaka
Takeo Kusaka is a senior staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Science News department.
Toshihiro Kushida
Toshihiro Kushida is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun at Tokyo Headquarters office.
Willy Lam
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).
Ilya Lozovsky
Ilya Lozovsky is an editor and writer specializing in democracy, governance, and the former Soviet Union. Follow him on Twitter at @ichbinilya.
Akiko Macdonald
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.
Paul Martin
Paul Martin is a former British Museum curator, and a secretary of the Nihonto Bunka Shinko Kyokai (NBSK). He is also an appointed Bunka Meister (Master of Culture: Japanese Swords) by the Japonisme Shinko Kai (Honganji).
Ayase Maru
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.
Masahiro Matsumura
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.
J. Berkshire Miller
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.
Masataka Mine
Masataka Mine is a political staff writer with the Sankei Shimbun.
Takashi Mishina
Takashi Mishina is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Mina Mitsui
Mina Mitsui is chief correspondent of the Sankei Shimbun Paris bureau reporting from Paris.
Shohei Mitsuka
Shohei Mitsuka is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun International News Department.
Youko Miyake
Youko Miyake is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun.
Hideo Miyashita
Hideo Miyashita is the Sankei Shimbun Berlin bureau chief.
Jason Morgan
Jason Morgan is an assistant professor at Reitaku University.
Masahiko Morimoto
Masahiko Morimoto is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Koji Murata
Koji Murata is a professor at Doshisha University.
Paul Nadeau
Paul Nadeau is a private secretary with the Japanese Diet. The views here represented are his own.
Katsushi Nakamura
Katsushi Nakamura is a Los Angeles Correspondent for the Sankei Shimbun.
Masashi Nakamura
Masashi Nakamura is a staff writer for Sankei Shimbun.
Makoto Nakashinjo
Makoto Nakashinjo is the editor-in-chief of the Yaeyama Nippo, a local newspaper in Okinawa Prefecture.
Takahiro Namura
Takahiro Namura is the Sankei Shimbun Seoul bureau chief.
Grant Newsham
Grant Newsham is a Senior Research Fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies and a retired United States Marine Officer.
Larry Niksch
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.
Masashi Nishihara
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.
Yoshiaki Nishimi
Yoshiaki Nishimi is the Beijing correspondent for Sankei Shimbun
Tsutomu Nishioka
Tsutomu Nishioka is a professor at the Institute of Moralogy and the director of Historical Research Office at the Institute of Moralogy. He is also a visiting professor at Reitaku University. He serves as a chairman of the National Association for the Rescue of Japanese Kidnapped by North Korea (NARKN).
Mayumi Ogawa
Mayumi Ogawa is a political staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun.
Mizuki Okada
Mizuki OKADA is a staff writer for International News Department of The Sankei Shimbun and JAPAN Forward. She is a former corporate banker for Japanese megabank.
Koji Okamoto
Koji Okamoto is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Shuji Ozaki
Shuji Ozaki is a photographer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Ben Rimland
Ben Rimland is a Young Leader with the Pacific Forum CSIS and a graduate student at Oxford University. You can follow him on Twitter at @brim1and
Keishi Saeki
Keishi Saeki is a professor emeritus, Kyoto University.
Yusuke Saito
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 graduate of the master’s in foreign service program 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.
Mitsuru Sakai
Mitsuru Sakai is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Kazuyuki Sakamoto
Kazuyuki Sakamoto is assistant editor and staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Jun Sakurada
Jun Sakurada is a professor of political science at Toyo-Gakuen University.
Norio Sakurai
Norio Sakurai is a correspondent of the Sankei Shimbun Seoul bureau.
Yoshiko Sakurai
Yoshiko Sakurai is president of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals.
Yohei Sasakawa
Yohei Sasakawa is chairman of the Japan Foundation.
Masaaki Sasaki
Masaaki Sasaki is a staff writer of Sankei Shimbun. He is the former Sankei Shimbun Moscow Bureau chief.
Kazuhiko Shibusawa
Kazuhiko Shibusawa is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Cultural news department.
Yoichi Shimada
Yoichi Shimada is a professor of International Politics at Fukui University, Japan.
Nancy Snow
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.
Saori Sugeno
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.
Koji Sugimoto
Koji Sugimoto is a senior political writer for Sankei Shimbun.
Mika Sugiura
Mika Sugiura is the Sankei Shimbun Sapporo bureau chief.
Tom O'Sullivan
Tom O’Sullivan is the founder of Mathyos Japan, is a former investment banker, and is a Civil Engineer and Chartered Accountant.
Kyosuke Sumii
Kyosuke Sumii is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun International News Department.
Robert Sutter
Sutter, Robert is professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University.
Katsutoshi Takagi
Katsutoshi Takagi is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun, Department of Economic news.
Kanji Takahashi
Kanji Takahashi is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Economic news department.
Kosuke Takahashi
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.
Makiko Takita
Makiko Takita is a political reporter with the Sankei Shimbun.
Hideo Tamura
Hideo Tamura is a senior staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Hiroaki Tanabe
Hiroaki Tanabe is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.
Yasuto Tanaka
Yasuto Tanaka is Taipei bureau chief for the Sankei Shimbun.
Peter Tasker
Peter Tasker is a Tokyo-based analyst with Arcus Research. Website here.
Takeshi Toyokawa
Takeshi Toyokawa is deputy editor of the Sankei Shimbun.
Mayu Uetsuka
Mayu Uetsuka is the Sankei Shimbun New York Bureau Chief.
Takafumi Uno
Takafumi Uno is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Economic news department.
Hiro Watanabe
Hiro Watanabe is the foreign news editor for the Sankei Shimbun.
Akio Yaita
Akio Yaita is a senior staff writer for the foreign news desk at the Sankei Shimbun.
Nobuhiko Yamaguchi
Nobuhiko Yamaguchi is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Economic News Department.
Yumiko Yamamoto
Yumiko Yamamoto is president of “Japanese Women for Justice and Peace,” an NGO based in Japan.
Tetsuhide Yamaoka
Tetsuhide Yamaoka is a journalist and president of the Australia-Japan Community Network.
Shigeru & Sakie Yokota
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.

Yukiko Yokoyama
Yukiko Yokoyama is staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Cultural news department in Osaka.
Michael Yon
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.
Hideki Yoshimura
Hideki Yoshimura is chief correspondent in Singapore for the Sankei Shimbun, reporting from Kuala Lumpur.
Satoko Yuhara
Satoko Yuhara is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.