Bio


Kenji E. Kushida is the Japan Program Research Scholar at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

Kushida’s research and projects are focused on the following streams : 1) how politics and regulations shape the development and diffusion of Information Technology such as AI; 2) institutional underpinnings of the Silicon Valley ecosystem, 2) Japan's transforming political economy, 3) Japan's startup ecosystem, 4) the role of foreign multinational firms in Japan, 4) Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster. He spearheaded the Silicon Valley - New Japan project that brought together large Japanese firms and the Silicon Valley ecosystem.

He has published several books and numerous articles in each of these streams, including “The Politics of Commoditization in Global ICT Industries,” “Japan’s Startup Ecosystem,” "How Politics and Market Dynamics Trapped Innovations in Japan’s Domestic 'Galapagos' Telecommunications Sector," “Cloud Computing: From Scarcity to Abundance,” and others. His latest business book in Japanese is “The Algorithmic Revolution’s Disruption: a Silicon Valley Vantage on IoT, Fintech, Cloud, and AI” (Asahi Shimbun Shuppan 2016).

Kushida has appeared in media including The New York Times, Washington Post, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Nikkei Business, Diamond Harvard Business Review, NHK, PBS NewsHour, and NPR. He is also a trustee of the Japan ICU Foundation, alumni of the Trilateral Commission David Rockefeller Fellows, and a member of the Mansfield Foundation Network for the Future. Kushida has written two general audience books in Japanese, entitled Biculturalism and the Japanese: Beyond English Linguistic Capabilities (Chuko Shinsho, 2006) and International Schools, an Introduction (Fusosha, 2008).

Kushida holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. His received his MA in East Asian Studies and BAs in economics and East Asian Studies with Honors, all from Stanford University.

Academic Appointments


  • Social Science Research Scholar, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Trustee, Japan ICU Foundation (2016 - Present)
  • Member, Mansfield Foundation US-Japan Network for the Future (2012 - Present)
  • Member, G1 Summit Under 40 (2015 - Present)
  • David Rockefeller Fellow, Trilateral Commission (2013 - 2016)
  • Delegate and Fellow, US-Japan Leadership Program (2014 - Present)

Program Affiliations


  • Center for East Asian Studies

All Publications


  • The Politics of Commoditization in Global ICT Industries: A Political Economy Explanation of The Rise of Apple, Google, and Industry Disruptors Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade Kushida, K. E. 2015; 15 (1): 49-67
  • Cloud Computing: From Scarcity to Abundance Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade Kushida, K. E., Murray, J., Zysman, J. 2015; 15 (1): 5-19
  • The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and the DPJ: Leadership, Structure, and Information Challenges During the Crisis Japanese Political Economy Kushida, K. E. 2014; 40 (1): 29-68
  • Syncretism: the politics of Japans financial reforms SOCIO-ECONOMIC REVIEW Kushida, K. E., Shimizu, K. 2013; 11 (2): 337-369

    View details for DOI 10.1093/ser/mwt003

    View details for Web of Science ID 000316968300005

  • Public-Private Interplay for Next Generation Access Networks: Lessons and Warnings from Japan’s Broadband Success. Communications & Strategies Kushida, K. E. 2013: 13-34
  • Entrepreneurship in Japan's ICT Sector: Opportunities and Protection from Japan's Telecommunications Regulatory Regime Shift SOCIAL SCIENCE JAPAN JOURNAL Kushida, K. E. 2012; 15 (1): 3-30
  • Entrepreneurship in Japan’s ICT Sector: Opportunities and Protection from Japan’s Regulatory Regime Shift Social Science Japan Journal Kushida, K. E. 2012; 15 (1): 3-30
  • Institutional Foundations for Innovation-Based Growth NIRA Report Dasher, R. 2015
  • The Silicon Valley Economic Ecosystem: A Strategic Overview Stanford Silicon Valley – New Japan Project Report Series Kushida, K. E. 2015
  • Baikaruchaa to Nihonjin: Sekai ga Hoshigaru Guroobaru Jinzai e no Michi バイカルチャーと日本人:グローバル人材への道 [Biculturalism and the Japanese: The Road Towards Globally Attractive Professionals Amazon Kindle Kushida, K. E., Oku, M. 2015
  • Industrial Policy Reconsidered in a Digital World Japan Spotlight Kushida, K. E., Zysman, J. 2013
  • Intaanashonaru Sukuuru no Sekai インターナショナルスクールの世界[The World of International Schools] Amazon Kindle Kushida, K. E. 2013
  • The Fukushima Disaster and Japan’s Nuclear Plant Vulnerability in Comparative Perspective Environmental Science & Technology Lipscy, P., Kushida, K. E., Incerti, T. 2013

    View details for DOI 10.1021/es4004813

  • Syncretism: Politics and Interest Groups in Japan’s Financial Reforms CESifo DICE Report Kushida, K. E., Shimizu, K. 2013; 11 (4): 26-31
  • The Gathering Storm: Analyzing the Cloud Computing Ecosystem and Implications for Public Policy Communications and Strategies Kushida, K. E., Murray, J., Zysman, J. 2012: 63-85
  • Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Narrative, Analysis and Recommendations Shorenstein APARC Working Paper Series Kushida, K. E. 2012
  • Japanese Entrepreneurship and Human Capital in Silicon Valley: Report Kushida, K. E., Brooks, T. 2012
  • Diffusing the Cloud: Cloud Computing and Implications for Public Policy Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade Kushida, K. E., Murray, J., Zysman, J. 2011; 11 (3): 209-237
  • Leading without Followers: How Politics and Market Dynamics Trapped Innovations in Japan's Domestic Telecommunications Sector Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade Kushida, K. E. 2011; 11 (3): 279-307
  • The New Challenge to Economic Governance: The Digital Transformation of Services Innovations in Public Governance Zysman, J. IOS Press. 2011
  • The Political Economies of ICT Regulation: A Comparative Analysis of Japan, Korea, and the United States Studies on Information and Communications Policy Kushida, K. E. NTT Publishing. 2009
  • The Services Transformation and IT Network Regulation: The New Logic of Value Creation Review of Policy Research Kushida, K. E., Zysman, J. 2009; 26 (1-2)
  • Wireless Bound and Unbound: The Politics Shaping Cellular Markets in Japan and South Korea Journal of Information Technology and Politics Kushida, K. E. 2008; 5 (2)
  • Intaanashonaru Sukuuru Nyuumon インターナショナルスクール入門 [International Schools: an Overview] Kushida, K. E. Fusho sha. 2008
  • The Political Economies of Broadband Development in South Korea and Japan Asian Survey Kushida, K. E., Oh, S. 2007; 47 (3)
  • Japan’s Telecommunications Regime Shift: Understanding Japan’s Potential Resurgence How Revolutionary Was the Revolution? National Responses, Market Transitions, and Global Technology in the Digital Era Kushida, K. E. Stanford University Press. 2006
  • Baikaruchaa to Nihonjin: Eigoryoku Purasu Arufa wo Saguru バイカルチャーと日本人:英語力プラスαを探る[Biculturalism and the Japanese: Beyond English Linguistic Ability] Kushida, K. E. Chuo Koron Shinsho Rakure. 2006
  • The Politics of Restructuring NTT: Historically Rooted Trajectories from Actors, Institutions, and Interests Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs Kushida, K. E. 2005; 5 (2)
  • The Political Economy of the Philippines under Marcos: Property Rights in the Philippines from 1965-1986 Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs Kushida, K. E. 2003; 3 (1)
  • The Japanese Wireless Telecommunications Industry: Innovation, Organizational Structures, and Government Policy Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs Kushida, K. E. 2002; 2 (1)
  • Japanese Entrepreneurship: Changing Incentives in the Context of Developing a New Economic Model Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs Kushida, K. E. 2001; 1 (1)