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About us



Executive Director
Yoshinori OHNOKI

Born in 1950, he began his career at The Asahi Shimbun in April 1974. As a journalist, he was mainly involved in reporting financial policies and economic activities and advanced through a series of editorial posts, including Deputy Editor of the Economic News Dept., Editor of the online news site “asahi.com,” and Editor of the paper’s weekend supplement “be.” He was a member of the Editorial Board from 2006, and Director of the Editorial Board from 2010 to 2012.



APiF Executive Vice President and Senior Research Fellow

oversees the overall operation of several research projects at RJIF including Project Fukushima. She is a specialist in City Planning and Management, with expertise in measurement and analyses of pedestrian movement patterns at neighborhood scale. She advises prefectural governors and mayors in Japan for the formulation of Special Economic Zone plans. Before joining RJIF, her role at London School of Economics and Political Science involved developing international investigations on urban policies in the world’s growing metropolises. She has also worked as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) consultant for a number of commercial and research projects in the UK and EU as part of her PhD study at University College London.

Project: “Fukushima Investigation” “Japan’s lost decades” “Crisis Management”

Yoichi KATO
Senior Research Fellow
Adjunct Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Yoichi KATO joined Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation (RJIF) in January 2016, where he directs projects on diplomacy, security and strategy. Prior to joining RJIF, he was national security correspondent of the Asahi Shimbun and covered foreign policy and national security issues of Japan, Japan-U.S. alliance and the overall strategic issues in the Asia-Pacific region. He was bureau chief of Asahi’s American General Bureau in Washington, DC.
He was visiting scholar at the School of International Studies of Peking University, where he conducted a research on the strategic chemistry between the United States and China. He was also visiting fellow at both the Institute for National Strategic Studies of U.S. National Defense University (INSS/NDU) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. He taught national security strategy at Gakushuin University in Tokyo.
He earned his MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, U.S.A. and BA from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

Project:“U.S.- Japan Strategic Vision Program” “Japan-U.S. Military Statesmen Forum”

Journalist-in-Residence and Research Fellow

Martin Fackler covered Japan and the Korean peninsula as Tokyo bureau chief for the New York Times from 2009 to 2015. In 2012, Martin was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for his and his colleagues’ investigative stories on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown that the prize committee said offered a “powerful exploration of serious mistakes concealed by authorities in Japan.” He is also the author (in Japanese) of the bestseller “Credibility Lost: The Crisis in Japanese Newspaper Journalism after Fukushima,” a critical look at Japanese media coverage of the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster. He joined the New York Times in 2005, where he also served as Tokyo business correspondent. He has also worked in Tokyo for the Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Associated Press and Bloomberg News, and in Beijing and Shanghai for AP. He has Masters degrees in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana and in East Asian history from the University of California, Berkeley.

Project: “Galapagos Cool” “Why Japan Matters”


Hiroyuki Nakashima received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Tokyo (1994), and his M.Sc. in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford (1998).

He joined the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) in 1994 and has worked for JBIC for over 20 years. His experience and responsibilities within JBIC have been broad. It includes 7 years in Financing departments (energy and mining projects in Asia, Oceania, Latin America and Africa), 8 years in the Planning departments (corporate planning, lending policy planning and policy coordination with the Japanese government), 2 years in the Treasury department (funding from capital market) and 2 years in the London Representative Office. He currently serves in JBIC’s Representative Office in Washington D.C. as a Senior Representative.

Project: “U.S.- Japan Strategic Vision Program” “Japan-U.S. Military Statesmen Forum”

Miyuki OTOMO
Public Affairs Officer and Fellow

Miyuki joined RJIF in October 2015, where she directs and coordinates projects on population issues. She also serves as Public Affairs Officer , who is responsible for Global PR and Media Relations. Prior to joining RJIF, she served as Senior Expert in the Corporate Communications Department, LIXIL Group, where she was responsible for the LIXIL’s overseas communications to increase its international presence and global brand recognition. Prior to LIXIL, Miyuki was responsible for communications in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program-the world’s largest scientific program- funded by the National Science Foundation, a U.S. government agency supported by 30 nations. She has worked in communications and external relations at several governmental organizations and private firms in Japan, Europe and U.S. including at the British Embassy in Tokyo. She holds an M.B.A. from Oxford Brookes University and obtained a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the U.K.

Project: “The Special Investigation Commission on Population Issues”

Research Assistant

Harry Dempsey is the Research Assistant to Dr. Funabashi, Chairman of AP Initiative.
He has worked for Shinko Research, a think-tank part of the Kobe Steel Group, at which he produced research for Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) and provided consultancy services for Kobe Steel’s Corporate Planning Department. He has worked for London Research International, an energy research and consulting company, and on the JET Program as an English teacher. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Cambridge University.

Project: “Galapagos Cool”

Joseph Doyle
Research Assistant

Joseph Doyle graduated from Harvard University’s Regional Studies East Asia program, during which he focused on peace and security in East Asia, regional diplomacy, and U.S.-Japanese relations. He also holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Florida State University and spent two years teaching English in Kiryu, Japan through the JET Program.

Project: “Japan-U.S. Military Statesmen Forum”