Kenji is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Asia Program, directing Japan research and programming and leading the Japan-Silicon Valley Innovation Initiative. He is an international research fellow at the Canon Institute for Global Studies and non-resident senior fellow at the Tokyo Institute for Policy Studies.
He was an adjunct lecturer at Stanford University and a research scholar at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, where he spearheaded the Stanford Silicon Valley-New Japan Project.
Kenji’s research streams include information technology innovation, Silicon Valley’s economic ecosystem, Japan’s political economic transformation since the 1990s, Japan’s startup ecosystem and the Fukushima nuclear disaster. He has published several books and numerous articles in each of these streams, including the “Startup Japan” series, and articles such as “The Politics of Commoditization in Global ICT Industries” as well as “Cloud Computing: From Scarcity to Abundance.” His latest business book in Japanese is The Algorithmic Revolution Disruption: a Silicon Valley Vantage on IoT, Fintech, Cloud, and AI (2016).
Kenji holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He has a master’s degree in East Asian studies as well as a bachelor’s degree in economics and East Asian studies from Stanford University.
He has appeared in media including The New York Times, Washington Post, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Nikkei Business, NHK, PBS NewsHour and NPR, and he advises companies and government.
He is a fellow of the US-Japan Leadership Program, an alumnus of the Trilateral Commission David Rockefeller Fellows, and a member of the G1 Next Generation Leaders as well as the Mansfield Foundation Network for the Future. He is also a trustee of the JICUF foundation.