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Bill Emmott

Author of “Rivals — How the Power Struggle Between China, India and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade”

Bill Emmott is an independent writer, speaker and consultant, based in London and Somerset. From 1993 until 2006 he was the editor of The Economist.

He joined The Economist’s Brussels office in 1980, writing about European Economic Community affairs and the Benelux countries. In 1982, he became the paper’s economics correspondent in London. The following year, he moved to Tokyo to cover Japan and South Korea.

In mid-1986, Mr. Emmott returned to London as the finance and economics editor — and, in January 1989, became business affairs editor.

He has written six books on Japan, including various articles and essays on a variety of topics. His latest book will be released in the United States, Britain, Japan, Italy, Taiwan and South Korea.

Mr. Emmott writes regular columns on international affairs for Italy’s Corriere della Sera, for Brazil’s Exame, for India’s BusinessWorld — and for Japan’s Ushio and Asahi Shimbun.

In 2003, he was the winner of Italy’s “è giornalismo” (“This is journalism”) award — the first time that a foreigner had been given this prestigious Italian journalism prize.

Mr. Emmott is a member of the executive committee of the Trilateral Commission, director of Development Consultants International, member of the Swiss Re Chairman’s Advisory Panel, adviser to JR Central, member of the President’s Council of the University of Tokyo, director of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group — and co-chairman of the Canada-Europe Roundtable for Business.

He was a director of The Economist Group from 1993 until 2006 — and is a trustee of the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation.

Mr. Emmott studied politics, philosophy and economics at Magdalen College, Oxford and did postgraduate research at Nuffield College. He has honorary degrees from Warwick and City Universities — and is an honorary fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.

Articles by Bill Emmott

Asian Drama

How can Asia's giants — China, India and Japan — protect their interests as competition increases in East Asia?

April 24, 2008