About the Author
Jeff Kingston is Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies at Temple University Japan Campus. He has written widely on modern Japanese history and Japan's relations with Asia. He is the author of Japan in Transformation 1952--2000 (2001). Japan's Quiet Transformation: Social Change and Civil Society in the 21st Century (2004), and Contemporary Japan: History, Politics, and Social Change since the 1980s (Wiley Blackwell, second edition, 2012). He is the editor of Natural Disaster and Nuclear Crisis in Japan (2012) and Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan (2014). He was a Fulbright scholar in Indonesia during the mid-1980s and has been traveling around and reporting on Asia since then, often providing commentary to international media on social and political developments in the region and writes a weekly column "Counterpoint" for the Japan Times.