JCIE is pleased to announce that one of Japan’s most distinguished journalists, Yoshibumi Wakamiya, is joining the institute as a senior fellow. An expert on Japanese politics and diplomacy, he served until January 2013 as editor-in-chief of the Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan’s leading newspapers. Mr. Wakamiya has advised and supported numerous JCIE programs throughout the years, especially the Korea-Japan Forum and the Shimoda Conference, and he is noted for his contributions to Korea-Japan and China-Japan relations. He joins Keizo Takemi, Hitoshi Tanaka, and Koji Watanabe as a JCIE senior fellow.
Prior to becoming editor-in-chief in May 2011, Mr. Wakamiya spent four decades at the Asahi Shimbun covering Japanese politics and foreign policy. From 2008 he was a featured columnist, and from 2002 he was chairman of the newspaper’s editorial board. A graduate of the University of Tokyo, he joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1970. He spent a year studying at Yonsei University in Korea in 1981, was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in the United States in 2001, and is currently a guest professor at Keio and Ryukoku Universities in Japan.
Mr. Wakamiya is the author of numerous books, including The Postwar Conservative View of Asia (1999) and Kankoku to Nihonkoku [South Korea and Japan] (2004).