Kumi Yokoe, one of Japan’s leading authorities on the United States, has bridged the political cultures of the two nations for years.
In an interview with National Journal about joining The Heritage Foundation as a visiting fellow in June 2011, Yokoe said she hopes her work will increase understanding and strengthen the alliance between America and Japan.
As a guest commentator, Yokoe has analyzed Japanese politics on CNN and BBC. Over the past decade, she worked as a political consultant for private businesses. Before that, she was a fellow at Matsushita Institute of Government and Management, east of Chigasaki, Japan, and a visiting fellow at Princeton University.
She holds a Ph.D. in policy science from Chiba University of Commerce, northeast of Tokyo, where she also received master’s degrees in economics and commerce. She has an undergraduate degree in business from Meiji University, in Tokyo.
Her doctoral dissertation analyzed the role of think tanks in the American political system, and she based one of her 10 books about U.S. politics on it.
Yokoe regularly did editorials on American politics for NHK, Japan’s government broadcaster; provided live commentary during the U.S. presidential election in 2008 for Nippon Television Network Corp. (NTV); and was a morning commentator for Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS).
Her commentaries have run in the Asahi, Mainichi, Tokyo, and Yomiuri newspapers. She also has written for Nikkei.com and published articles in policy and economic journals, among them Aera, Foresight, Sapio, Shincho 45 and Toyo Keizai.