Yoichi Funabashi

Former Chief Editor of “Asahi Shinbun”;Founder, Asia Pacific Initiative

Yoichi Funabashi is the Chairman of the Global Council of the International House of Japan. He is the founder and previously served as Chairman of the Asia Pacific Initiative (API), Tokyo, a think tank dedicated to peace and prosperity in the Asia Pacific by developing a vision for upholding the liberal international order. Dr. Funabashi is an award-winning Japanese journalist, columnist and author who has written extensively on foreign affairs, the US-Japan alliance, geopolitics, geo-economics and historical issues in the Asia Pacific. He serves on the International Institute for Strategic Studies Advisory Council and the Trilateral Commission, and is Chairman of the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Japan Steering Committee, a former board member of the International Crisis Group and a former member of the Committee for Reforming TEPCO and Overcoming 1F Challenges; the expert committee to discuss the mid-long term direction for the Japan International Cooperation Agency; and the Cabinet Office’s Disaster Risk Reduction 4.0 Future Framework Project.

Funabashi regularly writes for the opinion sections of the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Post and the Japan Times. He is a former contributing editor of Foreign Policy, and sits on the editorial board of the Washington Quarterly