Japan-U.S. Discussion Forum

NBR’s Japan Forum (the “Japan Forum”) is a moderated, online email discussion forum open to all those interested in issues concerning U.S.-Japan relations, Japanese politics, economics, social issues, and security. Since its inception in 2000, the Forum has become an essential vehicle for discussion among academics, businesspeople, policymakers, students, and others on issues relating to Japan and Japan-U.S. relations. Over 800 individuals representing 25 countries are signed up to receive and contribute messages to the Forum, and many others read messages via the Forum’s public web archive. To increase accessibility and foster member exchange, the Forum supports postings in both English and Japanese. The Forum is a free public moderated email forum.

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Forum Leadership

The Japan Forum is moderated by John Campbell and managed by NBR. A group of leading Japan specialists and scholars serve on the Forum’s advisory board.


John Campbell, Professor Emeritus in political science at the University of Michigan, began serving as moderator in 2013. With help from back-up moderators, Dr. Campbell’s role is to keep discussions relevant and to maintain the Forum’s integrity. As a nonpartisan, nonprofit research institute committed to the fundamental principles of integrity, objectivity, and independence, NBR does not condone or endorse any content posted to the Forum, nor does it support the selective rejection or approval of messages as a means to advocate any particular policy or position.

Advisory Board

John Campbell, Professor (Emeritus), Department of Political Science, University of Michigan

June Teufel Dreyer, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Miami

Peter Duus, William H. Bonsall Professor of Japanese History (Emeritus), Department of History, Stanford University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

Richard Katz, Editor-in-Chief, The Oriental Economist Report

T.J. Pempel, Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of California-Berkeley

David Pike, Artist and Internet entrepreneur

Kenneth B. Pyle, Founding President, The National Bureau of Asian Research; Henry M. Jackson Professor of History and Asian Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

Michael Smitka, Professor, Williams School of Commerce, Washington and Lee University

Kazuhiko Togo, Professor and Director, Institute for World Affairs, Kyoto Sangyo University

Michael Wills, Executive Vice President, The National Bureau of Asian Research

Ira Wolf, Japan Representative, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)