Expertise: Japan, Asia
Glen S. Fukushima is a senior fellow at American Progress, where his work focuses on U.S.-East Asian relations, U.S.-Japan relations, and international political economy.
From 1990 to 2012, Fukushima was based in Tokyo as a senior executive with several major multinational corporations, including as vice president of AT&T Japan Ltd.; president of Arthur D. Little Japan; president and CEO of Cadence Design Systems Japan; president and CEO of NCR Japan; and president and CEO of Airbus Japan. He also served two terms as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan from 1998 to 1999 and vice president from 1993 to 1997.
Before embarking on his business career, he was based in Washington, D.C., as director for Japanese Affairs (1985–1988) and deputy assistant of U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China (1988–1990) at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. In 1993, he was offered, but declined, to be the U.S. assistant secretary of Commerce for International Economic Policy. He began his career at the law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker.
Fukushima has served on numerous corporate boards and government advisory councils in the United States, Europe, and Japan and on the Board of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, America-Japan Society, Japan Center for International Exchange, Japan Society of Boston, Japan Society of Northern California, Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., International House of Japan, Japanese American National Museum, U.S.-Japan Council, and Global Council of the Asia Society.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Tokyo Club, and Tokyo Rotary Club. Until June 2001, he served for eight years in the White House-appointed positions of vice chairman of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and vice chairman of the U.S. panel of Joint Committee on United States-Japan Cultural and Educational Interchange, or CULCON. He was chairman of the Mori Art Museum Best Friends, a member of the Director’s Circle of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and a member of the Tokyo Committee of Human Rights Watch.
Fukushima’s publications include The Politics of U.S.-Japan Economic Friction, winner of the ninth Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize in 1993. He received the “Excellence 2000” award from the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce in 1999, the “Alumni Hall of Fame” award from Stanford University in 2002, and the “Person of the Year” award from the National Japanese American Historical Society in 2008. Keio University awarded him the status of “Honorary Alumnus” in 2012.
A native of California, Fukushima was educated at Stanford University, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School. At Harvard, he was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship. He has studied and worked in Japan for more than 20 years, including at Keio University, a daily newspaper; an international law firm; and as a Fulbright fellow and a Japan Foundation fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo.