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This website is published in English as “Discuss Japan — Japan Foreign Policy Forum” and in Chinese as “日本外交政策论坛.” The two journals present translations of essays and discourse by Japanese specialists in fields including politics, economics, culture, and science and technology. The editorial board of “Discuss Japan” selects essays from Japanese magazines and newspapers to provide a wide-ranging picture of domestic views about Japan today.

Following the selections and advice of the editorial board, the content is managed exclusively by The Japan Journal, Ltd. with the cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. “Discuss Japan” does not necessarily represent or reflect the views of either the Government of Japan or the editorial board members.

The editorial board comprises:

Editorial Board Members


TANAKA Akihiko, Ph.D.

President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Former Professor of the University of Tokyo and President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)


Professor, Faculty of Law, Teikyo University, Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS)
Former Chief Editor, GAIKO (Diplomacy), Bimonthly Magazine on International Relations, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Former Minister of the Japanese Embassy in France


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba


Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), University of Tokyo.


Member, Board of Trustees, and Adjunct Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Trustee, Chairman of the World Trade Center Tokyo


Professor, Department of Regional Development, Taisho University; Senior Research Fellow of the Japan Center for Economic Research

SAKURA Osamu, Ph.D.

Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, The University of Tokyo


Chief Economist, Sojitz Research Institute

MIURA Atsushi, Ph.D.

Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo

Note: All Japanese names in “Discuss Japan” are written in the Japanese style, family name first.
[List of Board members current as of April, 2019]