The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research


The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research


ジェラルド・ カーティス/Gerald L. Curtis


Gerald L. Curtis

Last updated : November 30, 2023

Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Columbia University

Areas of Expertise
  • Japanese politics and foreign policy
  • US-Japan and US-East Asia relations
  • comparative political party analysis


Received his PhD (1969) in political science at Columbia University. Served on the faculty there for 47 years and as director of Columbia’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute for 12 years. Is currently senior research scientist at Columbia’s East Asian Institute and director of the institute’s Toyota Research Program.

He has held appointments at the University of Tokyo, Keio University, Waseda University, the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore), and the College de France in Paris.

He has been chairman of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation since 2019 and serves on the boards of directors of the Japan Society of New York and the Japan Center for International Exchange in Tokyo and JCIE/USA in New York. He is a councilor to the US-Japan Council and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He has earned numerous awards and honors, including the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize, the Chunichi Shimbun Special Achievement Award, the Japan Foundation Award, the Marshall Green Award of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC, and the Eagle on the World Award of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New York. In 2004 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, one of the highest imperial honors.

He is the author of numerous books and articles written both in English and in Japanese dealing with Japanese politics, society, and foreign relations. His commentaries are published frequently in newspapers and magazines in the US, Japan, and other countries.

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