Asahi Shimbun Research Project: Nippon Kaigi and the Grassroots Mobilization of Japan’s Right-wing
Mr. Sonoda is a political writer for The Asahi Shimbun. He received his B.A. in Literature from Waseda University, and was an exchange student at the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. Since he became a staff writer for The Asahi Shimbun, he has mainly covered the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP), the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), and Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MOD). His specialty is Japan’s conservatism and security policy. His recent writings include a series of articles, titled “The Analysis of Collective Self-Defense” in 2014, and “The Prime Minister, 70 years after World War II” in 2015. Mr. Sonoda’s research at Harvard will examine U.S. perspectives on Japanese nationalism and the Shinzo Abe cabinet.