Fellows & Grantees

Yoichi Funabashi

Abe Fellowship 1996
Project Title
How to Achieve Cooperation Between the US, Japan, and China
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Bureau Chief, Asahi Shimbun


Yoichi Funabashi is Chairman of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation and a former Editor-in-Chief for the Asahi Shimbun. He served as correspondent for the Asahi Shimbun in Beijing (1980-81) and Washington (1984-87), and as American General Bureau Chief (1993-97). He won the Japan Press Award, known as Japan’s “Pulitzer Prize,” in 1994 for his columns on foreign policy. His books in English include The Peninsula Question (Brookings Institute, 2007);  The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Disaster: Investigating the Myth and Reality (Routledge, 2014); Japan in Peril?: 9 crisis scenarios (CLSA, 2014); Quiet Deterrence: Building Japan’s New National Security Strategy (Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, 2014); Anatomy of the Yoshida Testimony (Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, 2014); Examining Japan’s Lost Decades (Routledge Contemporary Japan Series, 2015).  He received his B.A. 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).