Our Researchers

As of January 2016, the advisors, members of the Yomiuri Research Institute were as follows:

  • Masago Minami
    Masago Minami
    Chief Officer

Advisors

  • Ken Sato
    Special advisor
    President, Institute for International Policy Studies; former administrative vice minister, Japan Defense Agency
  • Tadao Kakizoe
    Special advisor for medicine
    Former President Emeritus of the National Cancer Center
  • Katsuji Ebisawa
    Advisor
    Former president, NHK

Guest Research Fellows

  • Takeshi Umehara
    Advisor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
  • Takemochi Ishii
    Emeritus professor, University of Tokyo
  • Masakazu Yamazaki
    Playwright; critic
  • Shinichi Kitaoka
    President, Japan International Cooperation Agency
  • Eisuke Sakakibara
    Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University
  • Naoki Ogino
    Former member, National Public Safety Commission
  • Osamu Shima
    Former professor, Teikyo University
  • Takashi Shiraishi
    President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
  • Shohei Yonemoto
    Visiting professor, Komaba Organization for Educational Excellence (KOMEX), University of Tokyo
  • Motoshige Ito
    Professor, Gakushuin University
  • Shunpei Takemori
    Professor, Keio University
  • Takenori Inoki
    Adjunct professor, Aoyama Gakuin University
  • Masayuki Yamauchi
    Adjunct professor, Meiji University
  • Yasutake Tango
    Chairman, Japan Tobacco Inc.
  • Toshio Asakura
    Advisor, Editorial Board, The Yomiuri Shimbun
  • Akira Saito
    Columnist (based in the United States)
  • Hiroshi Yoshikawa
    Professor, Rissho University

Senior Research Fellows and Research Fellows

  • Hiroyoshi Horii
    Hiroyoshi Horii
    Senior Research Fellow
    Areas of expertise Education, disaster prevention
    Notes I reported on education for the City News Department, and on disaster prevention for the Science News Department. After spending time as a senior writer I was appointed to my present position. The Great East Japan Earthquake made it abundantly clear how important proper information communication, regular training, and disaster prevention education are. I take a multifaceted approach to evaluating measures for dealing head-on with looming natural threats such as a massive earthquake in the Nankai Trough.
  • Michiro Okamoto
    Michiro Okamoto
    Senior Research Fellow
    Areas of expertise International affairs, the Middle East
    Notes I served as a reporter for the International News Department and the Political News Department and as a correspondent in Teheran, Cairo and Washington. I reflect on the world and Japan with special attention to the Mideast Islamic world and the United States. I am the author of "Bush vs. Hussein," published by Chuko-Shinsho Laclef.
  • Satoru Watanabe
    Satoru Watanabe
    Senior Research Fellow
    Areas of expertise International affairs, industry trends, gender, English-language education
    Notes After serving as a reporter for the Economic News Department and the International News Department, I was a correspondent in London and Geneva. I am devoted to multifaceted analysis of contemporary society through reading, writing and speaking.
  • Yuko Inazawa
    Yuko Inazawa
    Senior Research Fellow
    Areas of expertise Media
    Notes After serving as a reporter for the City News Department, the Lifestyle News Department and the Economic News Department, I became editor-in-chief for Yomiuri Online web magazine. I was subsequently editor-in-chief of a PC magazine and of the "Ote Komachi" website for women. I follow the rapidly changing world of media while devoting particular attention to how women live their lives.
  • Seiji Fukunaga
    Seiji Fukunaga
    Senior Research Fellow
    Areas of expertise Movies
    Notes I served as deputy editor of the Cultural News Department and senior writer before taking up my current position. Having focused on films since 1993, I have watched more than 6,200 movies, both Japanese and foreign. At present, I am in charge of a feature series introducing outstanding Japanese film directors.
  • Yoshiaki Sato
    Yoshiaki Sato
    Senior Research Fellow
    Areas of expertise Life sciences, medicine
    Notes I was appointed to my present post after serving as deputy editor of the Science News Department. I have reported on the most advanced topics in the life sciences, such as iPS cells and the human genome, as well as on medical subjects such as organ transplants from brain-dead donors and novel influenza viruses. As a member of the Yomiuri Shimbun medical reform study group I participated in one of The Yomiuri Shimbun's proposals on medical reform.
  • Yuichi Shibata
    Yuichi Shibata
    Senior Research Fellow
    Areas of expertise Science, technology
    Notes I was appointed to my present position after serving as a London correspondent and deputy editor of the Science News Department. I follow a wide variety of scientific and technical subjects with keen interest, such as measures for dealing with earthquake disasters, advanced medicine and manufacturing technology. I am in charge of the Yomiuri Techno Forum and another forum that invites Nobel laureates from Japan and abroad.
  • Kazuo Nagata
    Kazuo Nagata
    Senior Research Fellow
    Areas of expertise International affairs
    Notes I have been a correspondent in Brussels, Washington, New Delhi and Bangkok. I witnessed firsthand the introduction of the European monetary union, the Sept. 11,2001, terrorist attacks in the United States and the Iraq War, economic growth in India and the coup d'état in Thailand. I reflect on how such events influence the contemporary world.
  • Hiroshi Sakagami
    Hiroshi Sakagami
    Senior Research Fellow
    Areas of expertise Medicine
    Notes I served as deputy editor of the Medical News Department before taking up my current post. I have covered news related to medicine, such as regenerative medicine, incurable diseases, organ transplants, cancer and lifestyle diseases. I have been a member of the team of "Medical Renaissance," The Yomiuri Shimbun's medical report series starting in 1992, first as a reporter and then as an editor. Now as a researcher, I hope to keep on reporting with eyes on the patients.
  • Tatsuya Sasaki
    Tatsuya Sasaki
    Senior Research Fellow
    Areas of expertise Economy
    Notes As an economics journalist I reported on topics such as macroeconomics, finance and industry during a time of weakness for the Japanese economy. I was appointed to my present post after serving as deputy editor of the Economic News Department. I also wrote part of the proposals for medical reform published by The Yomiuri Shimbun in May 2013, proposals which called for an "industrialization of medicine."
  • Hajime Someya
    Hajime Someya
    Senior Research Fellow
    Areas of expertise Medicine
    Notes After reporting for the Medical News Department and the Cultural News Department, I handled logistics for the preparation of The Yomiuri Shimbun's proposals for medical reform, published in 2013. I have reported widely on medicine from the point of view of both the patient and the physician, and focus my attention on how medicine must respond to an aging society.
  • Noriko Sakakibara
    Noriko Sakakibara
    Senior Research Fellow
    Areas of expertise Social security, low birth rate
    Notes I reported on central government reform, and health and welfare policy for the Political News Department, and then on social security programs from the viewpoint of both recipients and policymaking for the Commentary & Analysis Department, the Lifestyle News Department and the Social Welfare News Department. Since experiencing firsthand the anxieties involved in raising a child, I have been interested in how to create a society where childbirth and parenting are worry-free, as well as in measures to help society escape the low birth rate.
  • Kakuchi Funatsuki
    Kakuchi Funatsuki
    Senior Research Fellow
    Areas of expertise Constitution and politics
    Notes I reported on political issues, focusing on those related to the Constitution and covered topics involving Okinawa for The Yomiuri Shimbun, Seibu. I also taught at Kyushu University and Kumamoto University. I have written books including "Seiji wa do ugokuka" (How politics works) and coauthored "Kenpo kaisei ronso" (Controversy over constitutional revision),both published by Chuko-Shinsho Laclef.
  • Hiroyuki Nakamura
    Hiroyuki Nakamura
    Senior Research Fellow
    Areas of expertise Domestic and foreign economy and business, financial markets and energy issues
    Notes I was appointed to my present position after working as a London correspondent, an associate at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and a deputy editor of the Economic News Department. I follow trends in the economies of Japan and the world, which are closely connected to international affairs.
  • Nobuo Asaumi
    Nobuo Asaumi
    Senior research fellow/Special contract personnel
    Areas of expertise Japanese politics, public opinion polls
    Notes As a political reporter I covered the period from the Zenko Suzuki Cabinet through the Keizo Obuchi Cabinet, during which time I wrote the Matsurigoto Ko (Thoughts on Government) political column. I was also a member of The Yomiuri Shimbun's committee to examine responsibility for the war. Among the books I have jointly authored and edited are "Nihon no Yoron" (Public opinion in Japan), "Kokkai to Gaiko" (The Diet and diplomacy), and "Gendai Nihon Seito Shiroku" (Annals of contemporary Japanese political parties).
  • Yasuyuki Maruyama
    Yasuyuki Maruyama
    Researcher
    Areas of expertise Reporting on economic news
    Notes I have been an economic reporter for 30 years, covering the growth of the economic bubble, its bursting and the later economic crisis. I see these as phenomena of the globalizing modern economy that are common to Japan and to economies abroad.