William M Tsutsui

William M Tsutsui

Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University

William M Tsutsui is the Edwin O Reischauer Distinguished Professor of Japanese Studies at Harvard University for the 2020-21 academic year. From 2014 to 2019, he served as president of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, USA, where he is professor emeritus of history. A specialist in the cultural, economic, and environmental history of modern Japan, he is the editor, with Michael Baskett, of The East Asian Olympiads, 1934-2008: Building Bodies and Nations in Japan, Korea, and China and the author of books including Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization and Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters.

Articles by William M Tsutsui


The Thrill of Victory, the Agony of Defeat – and the Yawn of Postponement?

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Even before the coronavirus pandemic forced their postponement, the 2020 Tokyo Games were haunted by memories of past Japanese Olympiads.


From Abe to Suga: Japan’s Quest for Inspiring Leadership

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

While the longest-serving Japanese leader will rank high among the more memorable and effective of his predecessors, he tended to be more popular abroad than at home.