Born March 17, 1953, Yonago City, Tottori Prefecture. Completed his doctoral degree at the graduate school at George Washington University, USA (doctor of political science, Ph.D). Worked in Nippon Steel Corporation, Aoyama Gakuin University (lecturer), Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Congressional Research Service (CRS). Currently President of the Institute for Future Technology. / Published about 50 books including overseas publications. Representative works are 'Chiteki Miraigaku Nyumon,' (Shinchosha), 'Kaijin Edison' (Nihon Keizai Shimbun), 'Takarareru Taikoku Nippon' (Shodensha), 'Hagetaka ga Waratta Hi' (Shueisha International), 'Water Money' (Kobunsha), 'Sekiyu no Shihaisha' (Bungeishunju), 'Shokuryo Sodatsu Senso' (Gakken), 'Daikyoko Igo no Sekai' (Kobunsha), 'Obama no Kamen wo Hagu' (Kobunsha), and 'Nobel Heiwa-sho no Kyoko' (Takarajima).
(as of January 5,2012)