Distinguished Visitors

 Peter KatzensteinCarol GluckYoichi Funabashi    
Left to right: Peter Katzenstein (2006), Carol Gluck (2009), Yoichi Funabashi (2011)

Since 1987, the Program has annually hosted a leading commentator on U.S.-Japan relations or other relevant topics to give a major address. At Harvard for several days, the Distinguished Visitor also lectures in classes and meets with Associates and students. The individuals so recognized in recent years, and the titles of their speeches, are listed below. 


Izumi Nakamitsu

Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations

Lecture Title: "UN's Role in the Global Disarmament Agenda"

This seminar is part of the Special Series on Policy Innovations in Crises, supported by a grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP).


Takashi Shiraishi

Chancellor, Prefectural University of Kumamoto; Professor Emeritus, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan

Lecture Title: "Technology, Industry, and Japan's National Security"

This symposium is part of the Special Series on Japanese Economic Statecraft.


Roger Goodman

Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies and Warden of St Antony's College, Oxford University

Lecture Title: "Investigating Youth Problems in Japan"

Discussant: Mary Brinton. Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology; Director, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University

This event was supported by a grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP).


Junko Kato

Professor of Political Science, University of Tokyo

Lecture Title: “The Future of Japanese Democracy: A Comparative Research Agenda” 

Discussant: Andrew Gordon. Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History and Acting Director (2018-2019), Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University 

This event was supported by a grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP).


Louise Young

Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lecture title: "Rethinking Imperialism in the 20th Century: Japan in East Asia”

Discussant: Carter Eckert. Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History, Harvard University

This event was supported by a grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP).


Frances Rosenbluth

Damon Wells Professor of Political Science, Yale University

Lecture title: "The Future of Women: Why Time is Money and Power”

Discussant: Peter Hall. Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies, Harvard University

This event was supported by a grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP).


Akio Takahara

Professor, Faculty of Law and Graduate School of Law and Politics, University of Tokyo

Lecture title: "China's External Policies under Xi Jinping: Implications for Japan"

Discussant: Victor ChaD.S. Song-KF Endowed Chair in Government and International Affairs, Georgetown University, and Senior Advisor and Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

This event was supported by a grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP).


Ellis Krauss

Professor of Japanese Politics and Policy-making, University of California, San Diego

Lecture title: "The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party"

Discussant: J. Mark RamseyerMitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies, Harvard Law School


Sheila Smith

Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Lecture title: "Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China"

Discussant: Elizabeth Perry. Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government; Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute


Michael J. Green

Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Associate Professor of International Relations, Georgetown University

Lecture title: "Can Japan Be a ‘Tier One Nation’ in the 21st Century?"

Discussant: Stephen Walt. Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School


Yoichi Funabashi

Chairman, Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, and Editor-in-Chief, Asahi Shimbun (2007-10)

Lecture title: "The Rise of China from a Japanese Perspective"

Discussant: David Gergen. Professor of Public Service and Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School


T.J. Pempel

Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Lecture title: "Japanese Politics: Between Pork and Productivity"

Discussant: Hirotaka Takeuchi. Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School


Sheldon Garon

Dodge Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Princeton University

Lecture title: "'Keep on Saving': How Other Nations Forged Cultures of Thrift When America Didn't"

Discussant: Lizabeth Cohen. Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, and Chair, Department of History, Harvard University


Carol Gluck

George Sansom Professor of History, Columbia University

Lecture title: "Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory"

Discussant: David Blackbourn, Coolidge Professor of History and Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University


Jeffrey Sachs

Director, The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Lecture title: "Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet"

Discussant: Michael Reich, Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy, Harvard School of Public Health


Takatoshi Ito

Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and Member, Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, Japanese Government

Lecture title: "Economic Integration in Asia"

Discussant: Dale Jorgenson, Samuel W. Morrison University Professor, Harvard University


Peter J. Katzenstein

Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University

Lecture title: "Anti-Americanisms in World Politics"

Discussant: Stephen P. Rosen, Beton Michael Kaneb Professor of National Security and Military Affairs, Harvard University


William W. Kelly

Professor of Anthropology and Sumitomo Professor of Japanese Studies, Yale University

Lecture title: "Sport, Culture, and Society: The Case of Japanese Baseball"

Discussant:James L. Watson, Fairbank Professor of Chinese Society and Professor of Antrhopology, Harvard University


Joseph Nye, Jr.

Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Lecture title: "Reflections on Soft Power"

Discussant: Richard Samuels, Professor of Political Science and Director, Center for International Studies, MIT


Gerald Curtis

Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

Lecture title: "Turmoil and Change in Japanese Politics"

Discussant: Roderick MacFarquhar, Leroy B. Williams Research Professor of History and Political Science, Department of Government, Harvard University


Sadako Ogata

Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institute; United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (1991-2001), President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (2003-2012)

Lecture title: "Global Humanitarian Crises and Japan"


Bruce Cumings

Professor of History, University of Chicago

Lecture title: "U.S. Relations with East Asia in a New Century and a New Administration"

Discussant: Akira Iriye, Professor of History, Harvard University


Ryutaro Hashimoto

Former Prime Minister (1996-98), and Representative, Japanese Diet

Lecture title: "Making Sense of Japan in the 1990s"


Takie Sugiyama Lebra

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Hawaii

Lecture title: "Making a Career in the World of Men: Women's Strategies in Japan"


Takashi Inoguchi

President, University of Niigata Prefecture; Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo

Lecture title: "Looking Forward by Looking Backward: Lessons for the 21st Century from Westphalia, Philadelphia, and Tokugawa"

Discussant: Akira Iriye, Professor of History, Harvard University


Ronald Dore

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics

Lecture title: "Can Japanese Capitalism Remain Japanese?"

Discussant: Richard Cooper, Professor of International Economics, Harvard University


Donald Keene

University Professor and Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature, Emeritus, Columbia University

Lecture title: "Mishima and Japanese Aesthetics"

Discussant: Philip J. Fisher, Felice Crowl Reid Professor of English and American Literature, Harvard University


Robert E. Cole

Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley

Lecture title: "Learning Japan Quality Practices in American Industry: Hares, Tortoises, Donkeys, Ostriches, Parrots, Chameleons, and Owls"

Discussant: Daniel Bell, American Academy of Arts and Sciences


John W. Dower

Henry R. Luce Professor of International Cooperation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecture title: "Coming Out of War: Japan After World War I"

Discussant: Nagayo Homma, Professor of American Studies, Tokyo Women's Christian University


Arthur Stockwin

Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies, Institute for Japanese Studies, St. Antony's College, Oxford

Lecture title: "Japan's First Woman Party Leader: The Rise and Fall of Takako Doi"

Discussant: Shirley Williams, Professor, Kennedy School of Government, and Member, House of Peers, United Kingdom


Yukio Matsuyama

Honorary Chair and former Chair of the Editorial Board, Asahi Shinbun

Lecture title: "After Kaifu: Japan's Leadership Challenge"

Discussant: Stanley H. Hoffmann, Professor of Government, Harvard University


Yotaro Kobayashi

President, Fuji Xerox Company

Lecture title: "The Race for Technological Superiority: Japan and the United States in the 1990s"

Discussant: Charles H. Ferguson, Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development, MIT


Seizaburo Sato

Professor of Social Sciences, University of Tokyo

Lecture title: "U.S.-Japan Relations in the Post-Cold War Era"

Discussant: Samuel P. Huntington, Professor of Government, Harvard University


Hisashi Owada

Former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan (Retired) 

Lecture title: "Soviet-Japanese Relations in the Light of Recent Developments"


Ezra F. Vogel

Henry Ford II Professor of Social Sciences, Harvard University

Lecture title: "Economic Reforms in Guangdong Province"