The Japan Society

Bill Emmott (Chairman)

Bill Emmott is an independent writer, lecturer and consultant on international affairs. He is a Fellow of Tokyo College, University of Tokyo’s new interdisciplinary research institute, and was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford in 2017-18. He also chairs the boards of Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub Research Institute for the Arts & Humanities, and of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. 

He was previously the Editor-in-Chief of The Economist (1993-2006) and has written eight books on Japan, the first of which was The Sun Also Sets: Why Japan Will Not Be Number One (1989). His latest was Japan's Far More Female Future, which was published in Japanese by Nikkei in 2019 and in English by Oxford University ress in 2020. He has also published books about Italy, the future of the West and the lessons of the 20th Century, has narrated and co-written a documentary film about Italy, Girlfriend in a Coma (2013) and was executive producer of a film about Europe, The Great European Disaster Movie (2015).

In 2016 the Japanese government awarded him the “Order of the Rising Sun: Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” for services to UK-Japan relations.

Bill Emmott was chairman of the trustees of the London Library from 2009-15; was group economic adviser for Stonehage Fleming in 2011-15; and served on All Nippon Airways’ UK Advisory Panel until 2016 and Swiss Re’s panel of advisers from 2006-19. He is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the University of Tokyo; and a member of the senior advisory panel of Critical Resource, a consultancy.

Born in 1956, Bill is married to Carol. They live in Oxford and Dublin with their three dogs. Bill has been a member of the Japan Society since 2005 and an individual benefactor since 2013, as well as having frequently addressed society events as a speaker since the early 1990s.