Yoichi Funabashi is editor-in-chief and columnist for the Asahi Shimbun. He is also a contributing editor at Washington-based Foreign Policy. 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. He has taught at the University of Tokyo’s Public Policy Institute, Korea University, and Asia-Pacific University.
Funabashi's civic engagements include: member of the Trilateral Commission; international trustee, Asia Society; editorial board member of the The Washington Quarterly (CSIS); member, Government Commission for Reform of the Foreign Ministry; and the Prime Minister’s Commission on Japan’s Goals in the 21st Century. He received his BA from the University of Tokyo in 1968 and his Ph.D. from Keio University in 1992. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University (1975-76), a visiting fellow at the Institute for International Economics (1987) a Donald Keene Fellow at Columbia University (2003), and a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo Public Policy Institute (2005-2006).
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