INOGUCHI Takashi is Former President of the University of Niigata Prefecture, Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo and Eminent Scholar-Professor at J.F. Oberlin University (Tokyo). He obtained a PhD in Political Science from MIT in 1974, and his career has seen him serve as Member of the UN Headquarters Strategic Planning Committee and Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations assigned to the United Nations University Headquarters. He writes prolifically on Japan, Asia’s quality of life and international affairs. He received the prestigious Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities in 1982 for his book on the international political economy.