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website of Bill Emmott

I am a writer and consultant best known for my 13 years as editor-in-chief of The Economist (1993-2006) as well as for my books and films on Japan and Italy. My latest book,  ‘Japan’s Far More Female Future’ was published in Japanese in summer 2019 and will come out in an expanded English edition in September 2020. The book analyses the economic impact of the growing number of females in higher education in Japan. These days, I am a “Brexile” living in Ireland, though I also spend time in Oxford, and am chairman of the Wake Up Foundation, a charity I co-founded with the film-maker Annalisa Piras, as well as of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Japan Society of the UK, and Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute. This site carries my articles, videos, speeches and books, as well as my 2050 Index looking at the long-term strengths and prospects of western societies.

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How to Make Japan Great Again

06.10.20 Publication:

DUBLIN – Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, has arrived with a suite of ambitious policy ideas, including plans to digitize government services...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 21


Every generation, as they get older, sees things happening among younger people that allows them to conclude that society must have gone mad. For me, in recent...

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Japan Society Chairman’s Blog – 20


I cannot pretend that these are not turbulent times, when an American president refuses to confirm that there will be a peaceful transfer of power after the US...

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US Election

20.09.20 Publication:

The American election always matters to the outside world, for whatever anyone may claim about the decline of US power or the demise of US hegemony, the...

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The 2050 Index

In too many countries, politics and policy making is addicted to the short term. To help foster the longer-term thinking we all need, in 2017 I worked out this index, together with James Fransham of The Economist, which ranks 35 advanced western countries according to 25 different measures, grouped under the themes of demography, knowledge, innovation, globalization and resilience. I will be publishing an updated version in 2019.

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Latest Film: Lecture at University of Tokyo, May 15th 2019

Latest Book

Japan’s Far More Female Future

Until now, Japan’s politics, economy and society have been dominated by men. The future promises to be different, as demographic realities and the growing number of women graduating from higher education since the early 1990s steadily change organisational structures and culture. How well the country adapts to this will determine whether in the 2020s, 30s […]

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