Prof. Gerry Curtis

Professor Emeritus of Political Science Former Director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
Director, US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program
Author of publications both in English and Japanese

<Major Works>
Seiji to Sanma – Nihon to Kurashite 45 nen (Politics and Saury: 45 Years Living with Japan) (2008)
The Logic of Japanese Politics (1999)
The Japanese Way of Politics (1988)
Election Campaigning Japanese Style (1971)


Professor Gerry Curtis is known in Japan and throughout the world for his expertise on political and social change in Japan, American policy in East Asia and US-Japan relations.  He has a Ph.D in political science from Columbia University and has published several books on Japanese politics. His books are not only studied by foreign students interested in Japan but have also been required readings for generations of Japanese college students. Fluent in Japanese, he is a popular speaker and author and appears often in the Japanese mass media. He has been involved with Japan for more than 50 years and lives both in Tokyo and New York.  He has a huge network of contacts in Japan and has known every prime minister since the mid-1960s. An accomplished jazz pianist as well as scholar he can often be found playing at jazz clubs in Tokyo.