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  • Aakashi Ikeda

    Akashi Ikeda is the Niigata Bureau Chief of The Sankei Shimbun.

  • Agnes Tandler

    Agnes Tandler has been working as a foreign correspondent in Asia for more than 14 years. She presently resides in Thailand and has been based in India, the UAE and Japan. She has covered society, the economy, wars and conflicts there and in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. She holds a PhD in the history of science from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and a MA in political science from the Free University of Berlin, Germany.

  • Akihiro Morita

  • Akiko Macdonald

    Akiko Macdonald is director of Tozai Trading Ltd. (established 1999), a Research & Marketing Constant and Export/Import Business. Since 2008, she has served as chairperson of the Burma Campaign Society (BCS) (established 1983), a war reconciliation organization in London focused on British and Japanese war veterans and friendship between both countries, as well as with India and Myanmar. The daughter of a Japanese Imperial Army soldier who fought in the Burma and Imphal campaigns, she has lived in London since 1988 with her British husband with two children.

  • Akiko Shigematsu

    Akiko Shigematsu is a journalist in the society and lifestyle section of Sankei Shimbun.

  • Akio Yaita, Sankei Shimbun

    Akio Yaita is the Taipei Bureau chief of The Sankei Shimbun.

  • Akira Kitade

  • Akira Momochi

    Akira Momochi is a director of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals and a special professor at Kokushikan University.

  • Albo Agunday

    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.

  • Aldric Hama

    Aldric Hama works in the biomedical sector and lives in Shizuoka Prefecture. He received his PhD in anatomy and cell biology from the University of Illinois, Chicago and ever since has worked with various pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

  • Alexa De Leon

    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.

  • Alexander Bennett

    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 Drake

    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.

  • Ami Eldridge

    Ami Eldridge is a university student in Japan.

  • Anders Corr

    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

    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

    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, Panthéon-Sorbonne University

    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

    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

    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.

  • Atsuko Okuda

    Atsuko Okuda graduated from the Tokyo University of Arts and Sciences with a master’s degree. After working as chief curator for the Ota Memorial Museum of Art, she was involved in the preparatory stages of the opening of The Sumida Hokusai Museum. Currently, she is chief curator at The Sumida Hokusai Museum, where she has planned and organized many exhibitions since the museum’s opening. She is also a board member of the International Ukiyo-e Society. Publications include Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, Hiroshige’s Fan Paintings, and many articles and commentaries on Katsushika Hokusai, Yōkai, and fireworks.

  • Avery Morrow

    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

    Ayako Kurosawa is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun Culture News Department.

  • Ayase Maru, Author

    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.

  • Azusa Emori

    Ms. Azusa Emori is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun City news department Osaka HQ office.

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  • Barry Barankin

    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, Pacific Forum CSIS

    Ben Rimland is a Young Leader with the Pacific Forum CSIS and a graduate student at Oxford University.

  • Brian MacDuckston

    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.

  • Bruce Weinrod

    W. Bruce Weinrod is an international business advisor and has twice been a Presidentially-appointed senior official in the US Defense Department.

  • Bunta Iwaya

    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.

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  • Carlos Ghosn

  • Celia De Anca

    Celia De Anca is Director of the Center for Diversity in Global Management, IE University, since 2002, and works extensively in the field of diversity in the business and finance world. Her academic background includes a BA in Arabic Philology at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, as well as a Masters in International Relations at Fletchers School of Law and Diplomacy, and a PhD in Philosophy also from Universidad Autónoma. Celia De Anca has also worked extensively in the corporate world, being for example assistant to the Vice-President in International Financial Institutions for example at the International Division of Banco Santander Her latest publications include (2019) “Fintench in Islamic Finance: From Collaborative Finance to Community-based finance.” In Umar A. Oseni and S.Nazim Ali (Eds.) Fintech in Islamic Finance: Theory and Practice. Routledge, and (2018) “Spanish Women’s Career Inhibitors: 2007-2017.” Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administración.

  • Chelsea Jeter

    Chelsea Jeter is an American blogger with a background in health and personal development. She is from Austin, TX.

  • Chiharu Kakoi

  • Chihiro Kato

    Chihiro Kato is a student at Reitaku University in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

  • Chisako Kawagoe

    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: cuelca.chisako@gmail.com; SNS: https://www.facebook.com/kawagoechisako.

  • Chizuko T. Allen

    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.

  • Chrisella Herzog, WhiteHat Magazine

    Chrisella Herzog is the editor-in-chief of WhiteHat Magazine. Follow her on Twitter at @Chrisella and WhiteHat Magazine at @WhiteHatMag

  • Cleo Paskal

    Cleo Paskal is a reporter and a non-resident senior fellow for the Indo-Pacific at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. She works with academia, government, the defense community, and others in order to better understand, explain, anticipate, and resolve today's complex challenges. She is on Twitter @cleopaskal.

  • Colin Jones

    Colin P.A. Jones is a law professor, Doshisha Law School at Kyoto.

  • Crystal M. Land

  • Curtis S. Chin

    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.

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  • Dai Kuwamura

    Dai Kuwamura is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Kyoto Bureau

  • Daniel Okimoto

  • Daniel Robson

    Daniel Robson is a veteran music journalist and Chief Editor of IGN Japan (http://jp.ign.com).

  • David Shapiro

    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.

  • David Spurr

    David Spurr is a freelance Japanese-to-English translator and writer. He studied Japanese at Durham University and moved to Japan in 2007.

  • Dean Baker

    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.

  • Dr. Hina Pandey

    Dr. Pandey is Associate Fellow with the Centre for Air Power Studies, a New Delhi based think-tank. Her research areas include nuclear non-proliferation, security, strategy and energy issues. Besides nuclear, her areas of research interests include- U.S.-India relations, India-Japan relations, China in International Relations, North Korea- China relations, Iran’s nuclear programme and Indian Foreign policy. She can be found on Twitter, @HinaPande. The opinions and analysis expressed herein are her own and do not reflect on any organization or institution with which she is associated.

  • Dr. Kevin M. Doak

    Dr. Kevin M. Doak is a professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Nippon Foundation endowed chair at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where his current research focuses on issues related to politics and religion (especially Catholicism) in modern Japan. Recently he has served as co-editor of The Journal of Japanese Studies and on the executive board of the Society for Japanese Studies. He is the author of numerous books, journal and magazine articles related to Japan in both English and Japanese.

  • Duncan Bartlett

    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.

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  • Editorial Board, The Sankei Shimbun

  • Edo Naito

    Edo Naito is a retired international business attorney. He has held senior executive positions, leading major business units in Japan, the Indo-Pacific region, and globally at several U.S. and Japanese multinational companies. He naturalized as Japanese in 2015 after living and working in Japan for over 40 years.

  • Eiji Homma

    Eiji Homma is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Culture News Department.

  • Eiko Kadono

    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 Ogawa

    Ms. Eriko Ogawa is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Sakai City branch, located in Osaka Metropolitan Area.

  • Eriko Yamatani

    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.

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  • Florentyna Leow

    Florentyna Leow is a Malaysian writer based in Tokyo. Her writing has been featured in The Japan Times, Lucky Peach, and Roads & Kingdoms, among other publications. She wears other hats from time to time: translator, copywriter, tour guide, travel consultant, photographer. Before moving to Tokyo, she spent a number of years in London and Kyoto. She is particularly interested in stories from rural Japan. Find her newsletter at http://furochan.substack.com.

  • Frank Witkam

    Frank Witkam is an associate fellow in the department of curatorial planning at the Tokyo National Museum, and part-time lecturer of Japanese art history at Rikkyo University. He received his BA and M.A from Leiden University, and studied Japanese art history at Kyoto University and Keio University with scholarships issued by the Japanese government. He mainly publishes about Japanese woodblock prints, and has translated and edited various publications on Japanese art.

  • Fumie Oyama, Sankei Shimbun

    Fumie Oyama is a reporter and photographer for The Sankei Shimbun Photojournalism Department.

  • Fumiko Davis

    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

    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.

  • Fumito Ishibashi

    Fumoito Ishibashi is deputy managing editor of The Sankei Shimbun’s Editorial Bureau and concurrently chief of the newspaper’s Political News Department.

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  • Gen Koganezaki

    Gen Koganezaki is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.

  • Gerard DeGroot

    Gerard DeGroot is emeritus professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews and the author of 14 books on 20th Century history. He's also a freelance journalist who has written for most of the quality newspapers in the English-speaking world.

  • Grant Newsham

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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  • H.E. Frank Hsieh,

    H.E. Frank Hsieh is the Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Japan

  • Haiying Yang

    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

    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.

  • Hanjin Lew

    Hanjin Lew is an opinion leader in South Korea and an expert and political commentator on alliance politics.

  • Hidehiro Kato

    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, Sankei Shimbun

    Hideki Yoshimura is Editor at the Economic News Department of the Sankei Shimbun, Tokyo, Japan

  • Hideo Miyashita

    Hideo Miyashita is the Sankei Shimbun Berlin bureau chief.

  • Hideo Tamura

    Hideo Tamura is a senior staff writer and a special commentary writer for the Sankei Shimbun.

  • Hidetoshi Azuma, APCO Worldwide

    Hidetoshi Azuma is a fellow at APCO Worldwide.

  • Hidetoshi Kato

    Hidetoshi Kato is a sociologist and author. He graduated from the Tokyo University of Commerce (now Hitotsubashi University). Kato successively held positions as Associate Professor at Kyoto University, Professor at Gakushuin University, Executive Director at The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, and Chairman of Japan Student Services Organization. Born in Tokyo in 1930, he holds a PhD in sociology. Notable publications include, Works of Hidetoshi Kato Vols. 1-12, along with, Media No Hassei (Onset of Media), Sociology, etc. His translation work includes, The Lonely Crowd by David Riesman. He is also a member of The Seiron (Sankei Shinbum).

  • Hidetsugu Yagi

  • Hiroaki Tanabe

    Hiroaki Tanabe staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.

  • Hironobu Ishikawa

    Hironobu Ishikawa is a director and Planning Committee member of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals and a former Washington D.C. correspondent and international news editor of The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.

  • Hiroo Watanabe, Sankei Shimbun

    Hiroo Watanabe is the foreign news editor and an editorial writer for the Sankei Shimbun.

  • Hiroshi Katsumata

    Hiroshi Katsumata was born in 1962 in Kamogawa City in Chiba Prefecture. He began working at Kamogawa Sea World in 1987, and became the Director of Zoological Operations in 2016. He is a former rugby player.

  • 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).

  • Hiroshi Yoshida

    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.

  • Hiroshi Yuasa

    Mr. Hiroshi Yuasa is an Editorial writer, a columnist for the Sankei Shimbun and Senior Fellow at Japan Institute for National Fundamentals. His areas of specialization include Security of Asia Pacific region, Japan-U.S. relations. Mr. Yuasa graduated from Chuo University, Faculty of Law and studied international relations as a Mid-Career Fellow at Princeton University. He has served as a Washington Bureau Chief 1995-98, Singapore Bureau Chief 1998-2002 at the Sankei Shimbun.

  • Hiroto Kuwajima

    Hiroto Kuwajima is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Nara Bureau.

  • Hiroyuki Kano

    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.

  • Hiroyuki Manpuku

    Hiroyuki Manpuku is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Economic News department in Tokyo,

  • Hiroyuki Sakata

    Hiroyuki Sakata is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun at the Tottori Bureau.

  • Hisao Kato

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  • Ichiro Fujisaki

    Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki is currently President of Nakasone Peace Institute and President of the America-Japan Society of Japan. As a Japanese diplomat he served as ambassador to the United States from 2008 to 2012. Before that he was Ambassador to the United Nations and to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, serving as the chairman of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. His other Ministry of Foreign Affairs posts include terms as deputy director-general for Asian Affairs and director-general for North American Affairs, before being appointed as the deputy foreign minister. He studied at Keio University, Brown University and Stanford Graduate School.

  • Ignacio de la Torre

    Ignacio de la Torre is Partner and Chief Economist at the Spanish Investment Bank, Arcano Partners. Ignacio was amongst the first to foresee the turnaround of the Spanish economy from 2012 on, a thesis that was published in a series of reports titled “The Case for Spain”. Ignacio counts over twenty years of experience in diverse fields of investment banking at Arcano, UBS and Deutsche Bank within the departments of Capital Markets. Since 2003 he has been a Professor of Economics and Finance at IE Business School and since 2007, he is also the Academic Director of IE’s Masters in Finance. For the past decade, he has been a regular columnist for the Spanish newspaper, El Confidencial, and since 2019, for Expansión. Ignacio has published five books, as well as several academic papers (on the financial activities of the Templar Knights) and cases (with INSEAD and IE). In 2009, he won the Everis prize and in 2019 the SIMA-ASPRIMA prize on real estate. Also in 2009, he founded the NGO Financieros sin Fronteras (“Financiers without Borders“), of which he is vice president. He also serves as a member of the advisory board of Círculo de Empresarios and is a member of the board of Arcano Partners. Ignacio holds a Ph. D. in Medieval History (UNED), an MBA (INSEAD), a MSc in Economics (ICADE) and a MA in Law (UNED).

  • Ikue Mio, The Sankei Shimbun

    Ikue Mio is a staff photographer of The Sankei Shimbun’s Photojournalism Bureau.

  • Ikuro Beppu

    Ikuro Beppu is a senior editorial writer of the Sankei Shimbun. He is deputy head of the Sankei Shimbun editorial board.

  • Ilya Lozovsky, Foreign Policy Magazine

    Ilya Lozovsky is an editor and writer specializing in democracy, governance, and the former Soviet Union. Follow him on Twitter at @ichbinilya.

  • Issei Tanaka

    Issei Tanaka is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun Political News Department, currently assigned to reporting on the Ministry of Defense.

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  • 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.

  • Jack Devine

  • Jackie Chang

    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.

  • Jacqueline Newmyer Deal

    Jacqueline Deal is President of the Long Term Strategy Group, a defense consultancy; co-founder of the American Academy for Strategic Education, a non-profit that teaches strategy; and Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

  • Jagannath Panda

    Dr. Jagannath Panda is a research fellow and center coordinator for East Asia at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi. He is also the series editor for Routledge Studies on Think Asia. Dr. Panda’s most recent publications include India and China in Asia: Between Equilibrium and Equations (Routledge, 2019) and Scaling India-Japan Cooperation in Indo-Pacific and Beyond 2025: Corridors, Connectivity and Contours (KW Publisher, 2020). He is also the author of India-China Relations: Politics of Resources, Identity and Authority in a Multipolar World (Routledge, 2017) and China’s Path to Power: Party, Military and the Politics of State Transition (Pentagon Security International, 2010). He can be reached on Twitter @jppjagannath1.

  • James D.J. Brown, Temple University Japan Campus

    James D.J. Brown is associate professor of political science at Temple University, Japan Campus. Follow him on Twitter at @JamesDJBrown.

  • James E. Auer

    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 Halayko

    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, Reitaku University

    Jason Morgan is an assistant professor at Reitaku University in Chiba, Japan.

  • Jennifer Anson

    Jennifer L. Anson is the executive director of the Anti-Human Trafficking Office of the Ministry of Justice, Republic of Palau. She is also a 2012 Olympian (Judo) for Palau at the London Olympic Games. A graduate of the University of West Florida, including graduate studies in psychology, she has also held other professional positions in the Palau Ministry of Justice.

  • 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).

  • Jessy LeClair

    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

    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 Carroll

    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.

  • John O'Donoghue

    JJ O'Donoghue is an Irish freelance journalist living in Kyoto.

  • John Wright, Major U.S. Air Force, Fellow, Mike and Maureen Mansfield Foundation

    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

    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

    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.

  • JPIC

    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.

  • Juichiro Ito

    Juichiro Ito is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Science Department at Tokyo HQ office.

  • Julian Israel

    Former sushi chef. I have traveled throughout the world and found in those places good people. Belief in the goodness of people is core to my worldview.

  • Jun Sakurada, Toyo-Gakuen University

    Jun Sakurada is a professor of political science at Toyo-Gakuen University.

  • June Teufel Dreyer

    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

    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.

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  • Kaichi Iwamoto

    Kaichi Iwamoto is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Wakayama Bureau, Osaka HQ office.

  • Kanji Takahashi

    Kanji Takahashi is a business news writer for The Sankei Shimbun.

  • Katie Berry

    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, Nihon Pharmaceutical University

    Katsuhiko Kitamoto is a research professor at Nihon Pharmaceutical University.

  • Katsuhiko Takaike

    Katsuhiko Takaike is an attorney and Vice President of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals.

  • Katsuhiro Kuroda, Sankei Shimbun

    Katsuhiro Kuroda is a visiting editorial writer in Seoul for the Sankei Shimbun.

  • Katsuro Fujii

    Katsuro Fujii is a senior staff writer for The Sankei Shimbun Culture News Department and contributor to JAPAN Forward.

  • Katsushi Nakamura

    Katsushi Nakamura is the City News Editor of The Sankei Shimbun. He was a Los Angeles based correspondent for The Sankei Shimbun.

  • Katsutoshi Takagi

    Katsutoshi Takagi is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun, Department of Economic news.

  • Kazuhiko Inoue, independant journalist

    Kazuhiko Inoue is an independent journalist. He is a member of Seiron, sound opinion group of The Sankei Shimbun.

  • Kazuhiko Shibusawa

    Kazuhiko Shibusawa is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Cultural news department.

  • Kazuhiro Sonoda

  • Kazuhisa Hori

    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.

  • Kazumasa Bando

    Kazumasa Bando, is the current London bureau chief of The Sankei Shimbun. A graduate of Doshisha University, he joined the Sankei Shimbun as a journalist in April 2007, serving in Masuyama, Osaka and Tokyo, before his assignment to the London bureau in April 2019. He was a visiting researcher with the Paul H. Nitze School of International Relations at John Hopkins University between the summers of 2015 and 2016.

  • Kazuo Nagao

    Mr. Kazuo Nagao is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Kyushu bureau.

  • Kazuya Kamogawa

    Mr. Kazuya Kamogawa is a photographer of The Sankei Shimbun Photo Journalism Department at the Tokyo Headquarters office.

  • Kazuya Yanagihara

  • Kazuyuki Sakamoto, The Sankei Shimbun

    Kazuyuki Sakamoto is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun Foreign News Department.

  • Kei Arakawa

    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

    Kei Ishinabe is a staff writer of the Political News Department, The Sankei Shimbun.

  • Keiko Yagi

  • Keishi Saeki

    Keishi Saeki is a professor emeritus, Kyoto University.

  • Ken Ishii

    Ken Ishii is a senior staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun Culture News Department.

  • Kengo Matsumoto

    Kengo Matsumoto is a photo journalist at the Photo Journalism Bureau, The Sankei Shimbun.

  • Kenji Suzuki

  • Kenneth Ruoff

    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

    Kensaku Amano is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun City News Department.

  • Kichinosuke Ihara

    Kichinosuke Ihara is a professor emeritus at Tezukayama University.

  • Kinya Fujimoto, Sankei Shimbun

    Kinya Fujimoto is a deputy editor of the Sankei Shimbun. He was Beijing bureau chief of the Sankei Shimbun.

  • Kirsty Bouwers

    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.

  • Kiyofumi Iwata

    Kiyofumi Iwata is a member of the Council of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals and a former Chief of Staff of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.

  • Kiyoshi Ouchi

    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.

  • Ko Notomi

    Ko Notomi is a journalist in the photojournalism section of Sankei Shimbun.

  • Koichi Furusho, Japan Institute for National Fundamentals

    Koichi Furusho is the Director of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals and former Chief of Staff, Maritime Self-Defense Force.

  • Koichi Shikama

    Koichi Shikama is an editorial writer for The Sankei Shimbun.

  • Koichiro Ito

  • Koji Kawamoto

    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

    Koji Murata is a professor at Doshisha University.

  • Koji Okamoto

    Koji Okamoto is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.

  • Koji Sugimoto, Sankei Shimbun

    Koji Sugimoto is a senior political writer for Sankei Shimbun.

  • 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.

  • Kota Kiriyama

    Kota Kiriyama is a photographer of the Sankei Shimbun Photo Journalism Department.

  • Kumi Ushida

    Kumi Uno USHIDA is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun Cultural News Department.

  • Kumiko Takeuchi

    Kumiko Takeuchi is an animal behavioral scientist and essayist.

  • Kunihiko Miyake

    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

    Kyosuke Sumii is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun International News Department.

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  • Larry Niksch, a professor at George Washington University

    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 Wortzel

    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

    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.

  • Lewis Libby

    Lewis Libby is senior vice president of Hudson Institute. He guides the Institute’s program on national security and defense issues, devoting particular attention to U.S. national security strategy, strategic planning, the future of Asia, the Middle East, and the war against Islamic radicalism.

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  • Louise George Kittaka

    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

    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.

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  • M D Nalapat

    Director of the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations at Manipal University, India and UNESCO Peace Chair

  • Maki Matsuda

    Maki Matsuda is a staff writer of the Science and Technology News Department, The Sankei Shimbun.

  • Makiko Takita, Sankei Shimbun

    Makiko Takita is a political reporter with the Sankei Shimbun.

  • Makoto Nakashinjo

    Makoto Nakashinjo is the editor-in-chief of the Yaeyama Nippo, a local newspaper in Okinawa Prefecture.

  • Mami Toya

    Mami Toya is a staff writer for The Sankei Shimbun based at its headquarters office, Tokyo, Japan.

  • Manato Sekiguchi

  • Manlio Cadelo

  • Mariko Azuma

    Mariko Azuma completed an MA in art history at the University of Utah. With a broad interest in the interdisciplinary humanities, her particular research focuses on the preservation of Japanese vernacular architecture and the related concepts of heritage and authenticity.

  • Mariko Fukumura Besra

    Mariko Fukumura Besra is a writer, researcher, strategic interpreter and translator. She is the President of Athenairis LLC, a strategic communications and research company in Washington, DC. https://www.athenairis.com/en/

  • Mariko Kamimori

    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

    Mark Ramseyer is a professor at Harvard Law School in the United States.

  • Martha Thorne

    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

    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 Hosokawa

    Masahiko Hosokawa is a special professor at Chubu University and a former director-general of the Trade Control Department at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He is also a Planning Committee member at the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals.

  • Masahiko Morimoto, Sankei Shimbun

    Masahiko Morimoto is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.

  • Masahiro Matsumura, Momoyama Gakuin University

    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, the Sankei Shimbun

    Masaki Furumaya is a reporter and photographer for The Sankei Shimbun Photojournalism Department.

  • Masako Nagashima

    Masako Nagashima is a reporter at Sankei Shimbun.

  • Masamichi Kirihara

    Masamichi Kirihara is a photographer of The Sankei Shimbun.

  • Masaru Sato

    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

    Masashi Kawai is an editorial writer, The Sankei Shimbun.

  • Masashi Nakamura, Sankei Shimbun

    Masashi Nakamura is a staff writer for Sankei Shimbun.

  • 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.

  • Masataka Mine, Sankei Shimbun

    Masataka Mine is a political staff writer with the Sankei Shimbun.

  • Masato Inui

    Masato Inui is the Executive Editor of Sankei Shimbun, Tokyo Head Office.

  • Masumi Kawasaki

    Masumi Kawasaki is an editorial writer of the Sankei Shimbun. He was a Shanghai Bureau chief of the Sankei Shimbun.

  • Mayu Uetsuka

    Mayu Uetsuka is New York Bureau chief of The Sankei Shimbun.

  • Mayumi Ogawa

    Mayumi Ogawa is a political staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun.

  • Megumi Sasaki

    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.

  • Melanie Kirkpatrick

    Melanie Kirkpatrick is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C. She is the author of “Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad.”

  • Micah Go

    Micah Go is an aspiring music photographer based in the Philippines. He is an avid listener of J-rock and J-pop and is always on the look out for new music to add to his playlists.

  • 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.

  • Michiko Hasegawa

    Michiko Hasegawa is an emeritus professor of Saitama University.

  • 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.

  • Michito Ida, Sankei Shimbun

    Michito Ida is an economics staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.

  • Mie Sasaki

    Mie Sasaki is a political editor of The Sankei Shimbun.

  • Mika Sugiura

    Mika Sugiura is the Sankei Shimbun Sapporo bureau chief.

  • Mikhail M. Bely, former Russian ambassador to Japan

    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

    Miki Ohtaka is a journalist and author.

  • Mimei Sakamoto

    Mimei Sakamoto is a Japanese artist and musician alternating between Paris and Tokyo. Born in 1965 in Yokohama,Japan, her work includes manga artist, essays, critiques and TV commentator, among others. Her paintings and copper prints were shown at "Garelie Youshi" in 2017. At the peak of her carrier, she developed incurable collagen related syndromes which impaired her hands and brought a halt to her activities from 2010~2015. After recovering, she sang her song, "Blue Legend", a prayer for the return of victims abducted by North Korea, in Santa Maria Maggiore at the Vatican in 2018, accompanied by Orchestra Sinfonica G.Rossini.

  • Mina Mitsui

    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

    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

    Misaki Hashimoto is a 3rd year student in the Department of English Language and Communications at Showa Women's University

  • Mitsuhisa Kawase

    Mitsuhisa Kawase is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Osaka Headquarters.

  • Mitsuru Sakai, Sankei Shimbun

    Mitsuru Sakai is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.

  • Mitsuru Tanaka

    Mr. Mitsuru Tanaka is a staff writer for The Sankei Shimbun Sports News Department at its Tokyo Headquarters office.

  • Mizuho Miyazaki

    Mizuho Miyazaki is a photo journalist, The Sankei Shimbun Photo Deapartment.

  • Mizuki Okada

    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 Stone

    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

    Moe Okitsu is a 3rd year student in the Department of English Language and Communications at Showa Women’s University

  • Monika Chansoria

    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. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of The Japan Institute of International Affairs or any other organization with which the author is affiliated. Follow her on Twitter @MonikaChansoria.

  • Muhammad Mustafizur Rahaman

    Mustafizur Rahaman, Ph.D., is currently, Counselor (Labour), at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Doha, Qatar. He is a former International Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University, Japan. Niaz Ahmed Khan, Ph.D., is a senior professor and former chairman, Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, Senior Academic AdviserーBRAC Institute of Governance and Development, and Chairman, Bangladesh Tropical Forest Conservation (Arannayak) Foundation. Robert D. Eldridge, Ph.D., is Director, Global Risk Mitigation Foundation, Honolulu, Hawaii, and former Advisor, Asia-Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management, Tokyo, Japan. Previously, he was a tenured associate professor at the Osaka University Graduate School of International Public Policy.

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  • Nagahisa Shiobara

    Nagahisa Shiobara is a correspondent for The Sankei Shimbun based in Washington, D.C. Earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in international politics and economy from the Aoyama Gakuin University, he joined The Sankei Shimbun in 1999. . From 2012 to 2013, he was a visiting fellow for the University of California, San Diego.

  • Nanae Hasegawa

    Nanae Hasegawa is a blogger who lives in Chiba Prefecture and publishes the online comic strip entitled, Alien Sakurada, Laughing at the World She has authored various publications, including Unraveling Japanese Civilization with the Seventeen Article Constitution: Japan from the Perspective of Pluralistic Relativism (Sankei Livre). https://note.com/nanaehasegawa/n/nb10d16fcd281 Twitter: @hasegawananae17

  • Nanako Yamazaki

  • Nancy Snow

    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

    Naohisa Hanzawa is a senior staff writer at the city news department of The Sankei Shimbun.

  • 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 public broadcaster NHK. He is also famous of his outspoken comments on various controversial issues in history and in politics.

  • Naoki Otake

    Naoki Otake is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Tokyo HQ, City News Department.

  • Naoko Yamagami, the Sankei Shimbun

    Naoko Yamagami is an editorial writer for The Sankei Shimbun and contributor to JAPAN Forward.

  • Naotaka KIMIZUKA

    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.

  • Neil Day

    Neil Day, residing in Japan since 1987, graduated from Trinity College Dublin in Engineering (BAI/MSc), currently teaching English at a popular English language school and at a junior college.

  • Nobuhiko Yamaguchi

    Nobuhiko Yamaguchi is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Economic News Department.

  • Nobuhiro Kishigami

    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.

  • Nobuhiro Takahashi

    Nobuhiro Takahashi is an advisor to the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in India. Born in 1963, Mr. Takahashi graduated from the Osaka University of Foreign Studies, and he is the managing executive officer of a well-known Japanese auto component manufacturing company in India. He has been living in India since 2008.

  • Nobuo Ikeda

    Born in 1953, Dr. Nobuo Ikeda graduated from the Economics Department of Tokyo University before joining NHK. After retiring in 1993, he became a professor at the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), of the International University of Japan (IUJ). He also has a PhD from Keio University. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling “An Introduction to (Thomas) Picketty,” which has sold more than 100,000 copies, as well as “The Courage to Abandon Desires” and “The Illusion of Abenomics.” He operates the opinion platform Agora and as a blogger is known for his astute discussion of politics and economics, and his ability to address the issues of the day in language that makes them comprehensible to readers with no background in a subject under discussion.

  • Nobuo Serizawa

    Nobuo Serizawa is a senior writer of the Sankei Shimbun, based in Fukushima.

  • Nobuyuki Aoki

    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

    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.

  • Nobuyuki Yoshida

    Mr. Nobuyuki Yoshida (78) joined The Sankei Shimbun in 1964. After serving as Seoul Bureau chief, he became editor-in-chief of the newspaper. From 1991 to 1994 Mr. Yoshida was chief of the Taipei Bureau. He retired from The Sankei Shimbun in 2005, after serving as chief editorial writer.

  • Noriaki Abe

    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.

  • Noriko Kameoka

    Noriko Kameoka is a senior cultural writer for the Sankei Shimbun, Osaka Headquarter office.

  • Norio Kokumo

    Norio Kokumo is a reporter for the Economic News Department of The Sankei Shimbun

  • Norio Sakurai

    Norio Sakurai is a correspondent of the Sankei Shimbun Seoul bureau.

  • Norm Nakamura

    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.

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  • Oliver Trapnell

    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.

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  • Paul Blustein, Centre for International Governance Innovation

    Paul Blustein is a senior fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

  • Paul de Vries

    Paul De Vries is an Australian writer and educator based in Japan. His book "Remembering Santayana: the lessons Unlearnt from the War Against Japan" is available from Amazon. His essays have also appeared in the Japan Times and Asia Times.

  • 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.

  • Paul Martin

    Paul Martin is a former British Museum curator, and a Hyogiin (Trustee) for The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Sword Culture (NBSK). He is also a recognized specialist by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).

  • Peter Tasker, Arcus Research

    Peter Tasker is a Tokyo-based analyst with Arcus Research and an occasional contributor to JAPAN Forward. His website: http://www.petertasker.asia/

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    • Rei Miyake

      Rei Miyake is a journalist in the culture section of the Sankei Shimbun.

    • Reo Otsubo

      Reo Otsubo is a technology reporter for The Sankei Shimbun, Economical News Department.

    • Richard Berthon OBE

      Richard Berthon is Director, Future Combat Air Programmes, Ministry of Defence (UK). Richard took up post as Director of Future Combat Air Programmes in the UK Ministry of Defence in January 2020. He is the MOD’s lead for Future Combat Air strategy and programme delivery. As Senior Responsible Owner for the Future Combat Air Portfolio he is responsible for the MOD’s acquisition programmes and investment plans for future Combat Air capabilities. This includes establishing the future Combat Air Acquisition Programme, delivering the £2Bn Technology Initiative, Team Tempest partnering with industry, and leading international partnering. Since joining the UK Ministry of Defence in 1998, he has served in a wide range of Defence policy, programme delivery and operational postings for the MOD and Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

    • Rie Terada

    • Rieko Hayakawa & Jennifer L Anson

      Dr. Rieko Hayakawa has worked on Pacific and ASEAN issues since since 1988 as the Secretary General of the Japan-ASEAN youth organization. She launched the upgrade for USPNet as a Japan/Australia/NZ ODA project, as well as the maritime security project for the western Pacific and many other projects. Currently she is working on a second PhD in international ocean law at Doshisha University (Kyoto). Co-author Dr. Jennifer L. Anson is the executive director of the Anti-Human Trafficking Office of the Ministry of Justice, Republic of Palau. She is also a 2012 Olympian (Judo) for Palau at the London Olympic Games. A graduate of the University of West Florida, including graduate studies in psychology, she has also held other professional positions in the Palau Ministry of Justice.

    • Rieko Hayakawa, Ph.D

      Rieko Hayakawa, PhD, is a Japanese scholar with an expertise in Pacific security, ICT4Development and ocean law. She is also involved in community activities on Japan-ASEAN youth under the Prime Minister's Office. She launched the upgrade for USPNet as a Japan/Australia/NZ ODA project, as well as the maritime security project for the western Pacific and many other projects. In 2017, she proposed the Indo-Pacific strategy with maritime security to the administration of PM Abe. She has MAs in education, international relations and a PhD in ICT4D (Otago University, NZ). Currently she is working on a second PhD in international ocean law at Doshisha University (Kyoto).

    • Rizwan Ladha

    • Rob Fahey, Waseda University

      Rob Fahey is a PhD researcher at Waseda University’s Graduate School of Political Science. Follow him on Twitter at @robfahey

    • Robert D. Eldridge, PhD

      Dr. Robert D. Eldridge, is the Director, Northeast Asia, for the Global Risk Mitigation Foundation. He is also 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 Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force: Search for Legitimacy" (Palgrave, 2017, co-edited with Paul Midford)

    • Robert Morton

      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, The George Washington University

      Robert Sutter (sutterr@gwu.edu) 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

      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

      Rui Abiru is Editorial writer and political section editorial staff member.

    • Rupakjyoti Borah

      Dr. Rupakjyoti Borah is an Associate Professor at India's Sharda University. His books include The Elephant and the Samurai: Why Japan Can Trust India (2019) and Act-East Via the Northeast: How India’s Northeast is Strengthening the Kizuna (Bond) Between India, Japan and ASEAN? (2019) He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs and the University of Cambridge. The views expressed here are purely personal. Twitter @rupakj.

    • Russell Hsiao

      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 Myers

      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 Endo

      Ryosuke Endou is an editorial writer and a former Moscow bureau chief of The Sankei Shimbun newspaper.

    • Ryosuke Kawaguchi

      Ryosuke Kawaguchi is a photographer of the Sankei Shimbun Photo Journalism Department.

    • Ryotaro Fukuda

      Ryotaro Fukuda is a staff writer for The Sankei Shimbun City News and Lifestyle department.

    • 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.

    • Ryunosuke Endo, FUJI Television

      Ryunosuke Endo is executive vice president of FUJI Television.

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    • Sakie Yokota

      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, Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited

      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.

    • Sara Doel

      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.

    • Sargis Sangari

      Lt. Col. Sargis Sangari, U.S. Army (Ret.) is the founder of the United Assyrian Appeal (UAA) and the CEO of the Near East Center for Strategic Engagement (NEC-SE) . Sangari (Republican) is a candidate in the November 3, 2020 U.S. election for Illinois State's 9th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    • Satoko Yuhara

      Satoko Yuhara is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.

    • Satoshi Aida

      Satoshi Aida is a staff writer of Sankei Shimbun Economic news department.

    • Satoshi Kuwahara

      Satoshi Kuwahara is a senior writer with the Sankei Shimbun, Culture News Section.

    • Satoshi Sekoguchi

      Satoshi Sekoguchi is an editorial board member of The Sankei Shimbun.

    • Scott Parsons

      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

      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.

    • Seiichi Kondo

    • Seita Arafune

      Seita Arafune is a journalist in the society and lifestyle section of Sankei Shimbun.

    • Sem Huizer

      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.

    • Senol Hasan

      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.

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    • Shamshad A. Khan

      Shamshad A. Khan is author of Changing dynamics of India-Japan relations (Pentagon Press, 2017) and Assistant Professor at BITS Pilani’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a recipient of the Nakasone Yasuhiro Award (2011) and has been associated with leading think tanks of India (IDSA, ICWA and ICS) and Japan (JIIA, PRI, IDE-JETRO and the Slavic Research Centre Hokkaido University).

    • Sheila Cliffe

      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, Sankei Shimbun

      Shigeki Harada is a senior staff writer for Sankei Shimbun.

    • Shigeo Nakazono

      Shigeo Nakazono is a scholar and author engaged in the research of cultural assets and sociology, and curator of the Ikitsuki Island Museum (Shima no Yakata) in Hirado, Kyushu Prefecture since 1995. His research areas include the history of whaling, religion of Japan's hidden Christians (kakure kirishitans), history of foreign negotiations, fishing industries, and the performing arts. His major published works include Kujiratorie Monogatari, an explanation of historical drawing of whaling images (co-authored, Genshobo publishing, 2009), Kakure Kurishitan no Kigen, about the rise of the hidden Christians (Genshobo, 2018), and Nihon Hogeishi Gaisetsu, a whaling history (Kokobunsha publishers, 2019). Born in Fukuoka, he is a graduate of Kumamoto University Faculty of Literature (folklore).

    • Shigeru and 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.

    • Shigeyuki Mizuchi

      Mr. Shigeyuki Mizuchi is deputy head of the Sankei Shimbun Politica News Department.

    • Shiho Starla Kay

      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.

    • Shihoko Fujisawa

    • Shimpei Okuhara

      Shimpei Okuhara is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun, Political News Department in Tokyo.

    • Shin Sato

      Shin Sato is a staff consultant of The Sankei Shimbun Sales Department and a writer for JAPAN Forward.

    • Shingo Usui

      Shingo Usui is a staff writer of Cultural News Department at The Sankei Shimbun Tokyo HQ office.

    • Shinichi Kiyomiya

      Shinichi Kiyomiya is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Political News department.

    • Shinichi Nasu

      Shinichi Nasu is a senior staff writer for The Sankei Shimbun Economical News Department.

    • Shinji Ono

      Shinji Ono is a science & technology news writer of The Sankei Shimbun, Science News Department.

    • Shinya Okumura

      Shinya Okumura is staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun, Sports News Department.

    • Shiro Onishi

      Shiro Onishi is a photojournalism reporter for The Sankei Shimbun based at the Tokyo headquarters office.

    • Sho Fujihara, Sankei Shimbun

      Sho Fujihara is a sports staff writer for Sankei Shimbun.

    • Shogo Otsuka

      Shogo Otsuka is a senior staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun economic news department.

    • Shohei Mitsuka

      Shohei Mitsuka is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun International News Department.

    • Shohei Nagatsuji

      Shohei Nagatsuji is a senior staff writer and an editorial writer for the Sankei Shimbun specialized in science and technology. 

    • Shoji Takarada

      Shoji Takarada is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Sports News Department

    • Shuji Ozaki

      Shuji Ozaki is a photographer for the Sankei Shimbun.

    • Shunichi Takahashi

      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.

    • Shunsuke Suzuki

      Mr. Suzuki is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun City News department in the Osaka HQ office.

    • Sir Hugh Cortazzi

      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.

    • Sonoko Kato

    • Sotaro Nagasawa

      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

    • Sotetsu LEE

      LEE Sotetsu is a professor of Ryukoku University at Faculty of Sociology in Japan.

    • Stefania Viti

      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).

    • Sue Hudson

    • 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).

    • Sumiko Takeuchi

    • Suzuko Hirano

      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.

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    • Tadae Takubo

      Tadae Takubo is vice president of Japan Institute for National Fundamentals and professor emeritus at Kyorin University.

    • Tadamasa Fukiura

    • Tadashi Narabayashi

      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

      Taichi Hamakawa is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun City News Department, Osaka Head office.

    • Takafumi Uno

      Takafumi Uno is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Economic news department.

    • Takahiro Namura

      Takahiro Namura is the Sankei Shimbun Seoul bureau chief.

    • Takakuni Takahashi

      Takakuni Takahashi is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun Cultural News Department, Tokyo.

    • Takao Harakawa, Sankei Shimbun

      Takao Harakawa is a staff writer of the Political News Department, The Sankei Shimbun.    

    • Takashi Arimoto, Sankei Shimbun

      Takashi Arimoto is the deputy managing editor and head of senior staff writers’ office of the Sankei Shimbun.

    • Takashi Hirao

      Takashi Hirao is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Economic News Department.

    • Takashi Kawakami, Institute of World Studies, Takushoku University

      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, Sankei Shimbun

      Takashi Mishina is a staff writer for Sankei Shimbun.

    • Takashi Yamamoto

      Takashi Yamamoto is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun economic news section of the Sankei Shimbun Osaka headquarters.

    • Takemura Makoto

      Takemura Makoto is a Curator at the The Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo, Japan.

    • Takeo Kusaka

      Takeo Kusaka is a senior staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Science News department.

    • Takeshi Toyokawa

      Takeshi Toyokawa is deputy editor of the Sankei Shimbun.

    • Takeyoshi Mizokami

      Takeyoshi Mizokami is a reporter of The Sankei Shimbun, Tokyo HQ office, and is an editor of Monthly magazine "Seiron."

    • Takuro Inoue

      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.

    • Tatsuhiko Tamura

      Tatsuhiko Tamura is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Political News Department.

    • Tatsuya Kato

      Tatsuya Kato is the former Seoul bureau chief of the Sankei Shimbun. He is now senior staff writer at the Tokyo headquarters.

    • Taylor Bond

      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, Australia-Japan Community Network

      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.

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    • Thomas Cynkin

      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

      Timothy Nerozzi is an American journalist living and writing in Niigata, Japan. He reports on Japanese society, Vatican politics, and international policy.

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    • Tom O'Sullivan, Mathyos Japan

      Tom O’Sullivan is the founder of Mathyos Japan, is a former investment banker, and is a Civil Engineer and Chartered Accountant.

    • Tomoaki Uyama

      Tomoaki Uyama is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun Osaka HQ.

    • Tomohiko Taniguchi

    • Tooru Kurosawa

    • Toru Matsugaki

      Toru Matsugaki is a staff writer for The Sankei Shimbun Regional Department.

    • Toshi Yoshihara

      Toshi Yoshihara is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

    • 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!

    • Toshihiro Kushida

      Toshihiro Kushida is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun at Tokyo Headquarters office.

    • Toshikazu Iwaguchi

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    • Toyohiro Ichioka

      Toyohiro Ichioka is a staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun, City News Department.

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        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.

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      • Wayne Hatcher

        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

        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, Chinese University of Hong Kong

        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).

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        • Yasushi Kanematsu

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          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

          Yasuto Tanaka is Taipei bureau chief for the Sankei Shimbun.

        • Yasuyuki Totsui

        • Yo Takeuchi

        • Yohei Sasakawa, Japan Foundation

          Yohei Sasakawa is chairman of the Japan Foundation.

        • Yohei Ushijima

          Yohei Ushijima is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun, Osaka Economy News Department.

        • Yoichi Shimada

          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

          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

          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, the Sankei Shimbun

          Yoshiaki Nishimi is the chief correspondent of the Sankei Shimbun Beijing bureau.

        • Yoshiaki Wada

          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

          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

        • Yoshihiko Yamada

          Yoshihiko Yamada is a director of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals and a professor at Tokai University. He is specialized in maritime issues.

        • Yoshihisa Komori

          Yoshihisa Komori is an associate Washington correspondent for the Sankei Shimbun.

        • Yoshikazu Hiroike, Sankei Shimbun

          Yoshikazu Hiroike is a political staff writer for the Sankei Shimbun.

        • Yoshikazu Ueki

          Yoshikazu Ueki is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun, Himeji Bureau.

        • Yoshiko Kodama

          Yoshiko Kodama is a staff writer at the Sankei Shimbun Political News Department.

        • Yoshiko Sakurai, Japan Institute for National Fundamentals

          Yoshiko Sakurai is president of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals.

        • Yoshinari Kurose

          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

          Yoshinori Yamasawa is a reporter of The Sankei Shimbun, Economic Department.

        • Yoshitake Imamura

          Yoshitake Imamura is staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun, Economic News Department.

        • Yoshiyuki Kasai

        • Youko Miyake

          Youko Miyake is a staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun.

        • Yuji Imai

          Yūji Imai is an economic staff writer with Sankei Shimbun.

        • Yukako Hino

        • Yukako Ueki

          Yukako Ueki is a staff writer of City News Department at The Sankei Shimbun Tokyo HQ office.

        • Yukan Fuji

        • Yukari Tanaka

          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.

        • Yukia Watanabe

          Yasuaki Watanabe is a staff photo journalist of the Sankei Shimbun, Osaka HQ Photojournalism section.

        • Yukihiro Watanabe

          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 Fujimura

        • Yukiko Une

          Yukiko Une is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun based in the Osaka Headquarters office.

        • Yukiko Yokoyama

          Yukiko Yokoyama is staff writer of the Sankei Shimbun Cultural news department in Osaka.

        • Yumiko Yamamoto

          Yumiko Yamamoto is president of “Japanese Women for Justice and Peace”, the NGO based in Japan.

        • Yuriko Hijikata

          Yuriko Hijikata is an editor at IGN Japan.

        • Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo Metropolis

          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.

        • 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 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.

        • Yuta Yasumoto

          Yuta Yasumoto is a photojournalist in the Sankei Shimbun Photojournalism Department at the Osaka Headquarters.

        • Yutaka Teshigawara

          Yutaka Teshigawara is JAPAN Forward association Inc. Director.

        • Yuya Hosoda

          Yuya Hosoda is a staff writer of The Sankei Shimbun, Osaka City News Department.

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