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Yasushi Watanabe

Professor, Keio University

Yasushi Watanabe is a professor at the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University. Highly interested in the relationship between culture and politics, he has published several books and articles, including Culture and Diplomacy: The Age of Public Diplomacy (2011). He currently serves on the advisory committee on public diplomacy at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as a councilor at the International House of Japan. He is co-chair of the Japan Advisory Council of the Salzburg Global Seminar. Mr. Watanabe received a B.A. in American Studies from Sophia University (Tokyo), an M.A. and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Harvard University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship held at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He received the Japan Academy Prize - the highest award for young scholars under 45 in Japan.