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Editorial Board Members

Photo:TANAKA Akihiko, Ph.D.


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)

Born in 1954. Tanaka specializes in theoretical and empirical analyses of global systems, analysis of modern-age international politics in East Asia, the creation of a database for analysis of international politics, and the development of computer-based analysis methods. His publications include Posuto kuraishisu no sekai (The post-crisis world), Wado poritikusu: Gurobarizeshon no naka no Nihon gaiko (Word Politics: Japanese diplomacy under globalization) and The New Middle Ages: The World System in the 21st Century.

Photo:WATANABE Hirotaka


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

Born in 1954. Watanabe specializes in French diplomatic history, analysis of French politics and diplomacy in the modern age, the EU, European politics including Pan Europe and U.S.-Europe relations and Cultural Diplomacy. His publications include Gendai Furansu—Eiko no jidai no shuen, Oshu e no katsuro (Contemporary France — The end of the postwar boom and the opening to Europe), Charles de Gaulle, Furansu gaiko senryaku ni manabu (Studying from the French cultural diplomatic strategy) and Bei Oh Domei no Kyocho to Tairitsu (The Cooperation and Rivality of the Euro-American Alliance).



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

Mori specializes in current Chinese foreign and security policy, and civil-military relations of China, and international politics in the Asia-Pacific. She conducted research on international relations at the graduate school of law at Doshisha University (2006-2010) and Renmin University of China (2007-2008), and served as a research fellow for the Ocean Policy Research Institute (2009–2011). She obtained Ph. D in 2012 (political science), and served as an assistant professor at Doshisha University (2010-2013) and the University of Tsukuba (2013–present). Her publications include Jinmin-kaihouhun no Yakuwari (The role of the People’s Liberation Army), A Long Way from Sharing a Mountain: Japan-China Relations and the Creation of the AIIB, Shu-kinpei seiken de katarareru kindai senso (Modern Warfare in the Eyes of Xi Jinping’s China: interpreting discourse about the first Sino-Japanese War, the Two World Wars, and Anti-Japanese War and the Image of Japan in 2012-2014).

Photo:MAKIHARA Izuru, Ph.D.


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

Born in 1967. Earned his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Tokyo. He specializes in Japanese politics, oral history and public administration. Served as Associate Professor (1993–2006) and professor (2006–2013) at Tohoku University. He has also served as Research Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2000–2002). His publications include Abe ikkyo no nazo (What is the Abe government’s political power?), Kenryoku iko (Power transition in postwar Japan), Naikaku seiji to “Okurasho shihai” (Cabinet government and “control of the Ministry of Finance”).

Photo:KOJIMA Akira


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

Born in 1942. Graduated from Waseda University and joined the Nihon keizai shimbun (Nikkei) newspaper. Served as Managing Director and Chief Editorialist of the Nikkei and Chairman of the Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER). He is presently a member of the Trilateral Commission; Vice-chairman for the Foundation Council, Japanese-German Center Berlin; Councilor of the Aspen Institute, Japan; and Chairman of the World Trade Center Tokyo. His publications include A New Development Model for Japan: Selected Essays 2000–2008,” Chosei no jidai (An Era of Adjustment) and Nihon no sentaku (Japan’s Choice). He earned the Vaughan-Ueda Prize in 1988 and the Japan Press Club Award in 1989.

Photo:KOMINE Takao


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

Born in 1947. Graduated from the University of Tokyo and joined the Economic Planning Agency (currently the Cabinet Office), Japanese Government. Served as Director General of the Research Bureau at the Agency and Director General of the National and Regional Planning Bureau at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Has served as Professor at Hosei University since 2003. His publications include Nihon keizai no kozotenkan (Structural reform of the Japanese economy) and Jinko fuka-shakai (Population onus society).

photo:SAKURA Osamu, Ph.D.

SAKURA Osamu, Ph.D.

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

Born in 1960. Earned his Ph.D. in 1992 from Kyoto University. Recent activities include the popularization of science for those without background knowledge. Served as Associate Professor at Yokohama National University (1993–2000) and Visiting Researcher at Freiburg University (1995–96). Has served as Advisory Board member of the academic journal Biology and Philosophy since 1998 and East Asian Science, Technology and Society since 2010. His publications include Watashitachi wa dokokara kite dokoe yukunoka? (Where did we come from and where are we going?) and Benri wa hitoo fuko ni suru (Convenient technology does not always make us happy).

photo:YOSHIZAKI Tatsuhiko


Chief Economist, Sojitz Research Institute

Graduated from Hitotsubashi University in 1984. Entered Nissho Iwai (now Sojitz) in 1984. Served as Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institute in 1991. Assumed his current position in 2004. Concurrently serves as Director and Special Researcher at the Okazaki Institute and as Director of Millennium Promise Japan. His publications include 1985, Amerika no Ronri (Logic of America) and Obama wa sekai wo sukueruka (Can Obama save the world?).

photo:MIURA Atsushi, Ph.D.

MIURA Atsushi, Ph.D.

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

Born in 1957. Graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1981 and earned his doctorate in Art History from the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne) in 1997. His research areas include French painting of the nineteenth century and the artistic relations between France and Japan. Served as Lecturer at the Japan Women’s University (1990–93) and as Assistant Professor (1993–2006) and Professor (2006–) at the University of Tokyo. His publications include Kindai geijutsuka no hyosho – Manet, Fantin-Latour to jukyuseiki no furansu kaiga (The representation of modern artists — Manet, Fantin-Latour and Western Modern Art) (2006), Histoire de peinture entre France et Japon (2009).