U.S.-Japan Relations under the DPJ Government
Yoichi Funabashi, Editor-in-Chief, The Asahi Shimbun, served as correspondent for the Asahi Shimbun in Beijing (1980-81) and Washington (1984-87), and as American General Bureau Chief (1993-97). In 1985 he received the Vaughn-Ueda Prize for his reporting on international affairs. He won the Japan Press Award, known as Japan's "Pulitzer Prize," in 1994 for his columns on foreign policy, and his articles in Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy won the Ishibashi Tanzan Prize in 1992. His two most recent articles for Foreign Affairs were “Keeping up with Asia,” in September 2008, and “Tokyo’s Trials” in November 2009. His recent English-language books include The Peninsula Question: A Chronicle of the Second Korean Nuclear Crisis (The Brookings Institution, 2007), Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific, ed. (USIP, 2003) and Alliance Adrift (Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1998), for which he won the Shincho Arts and Science’s award. He received his B.A. from the University of Tokyo and his Ph.D. from Keio University. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, a visiting Fellow at the Institute for International Economics and a Donald Keene Fellow at Columbia University. He has been a Distinguished Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution (2006).
He has served as a visiting professor at Korea University, University of Tokyo, and the Asia-Pacific University. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of ICG (International Crisis Group), and a member of both the Trilateral Commission (Asia) and International trustee of the Asia Society. His public service includes: The Prime Minister's Commission on Japan's Goals in the 21st Century (April 1999-January 2000), and Government Commission for Reform of the Foreign Ministry (March 2002-March 2003).