President of the Japan Policy Research Institute
Chalmers Johnson is president of the Japan Policy Research Institute.
He is professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego and a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times and The Nation.
Mr. Johnson has written over a dozen books, including “The Sorrows of Empire,” “MITI and the Japanese Miracle” and “Japan: Who Governs?”.
He earned a B.A. in economics and earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science — all at the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1953, Mr. Johnson first saw Japan and Korea when he served in the Navy during the Korean War.
In 1962, he began teaching political science at Berkeley until 1988, when he moved to the San Diego campus of the University of California — where he worked until he retired in 1992.
At Berkeley, Mr. Johnson served as chairman of the Center for Chinese Studies from 1967 until 1972. In 1976, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He lives near San Diego, California.