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 board of Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub for the Arts & Humanities, and is chairman of The Wake Up Foundation, a charity dedicated to education and communication about the decline of western societies using film, which he co-founded in 2013 with an Italian film-maker, Annalisa Piras, with whom he had made a documentary about Italy, Girlfriend in a Coma (2013).

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). He has just completed a book on the future role of women in Japan’s economy, politics and society, which will be published in Japanese by Nikkei in June 2019.

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 currently chairman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies; a member of the advisory board of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford; 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.