JUSFC Commissioners T.J. Pempel and Sheila A. Smith Awarded the Government of Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation

July 18, 2016 

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is delighted to announce that Commissioners T.J. Pempel and Sheila Smith have been awarded the Government of Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation for FY 2016. The Foreign Minister’s Commendations are awarded to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in international fields, in order to acknowledge their contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries.

picture-3855-1411425561T.J. Pempel serves as a Commissioner on the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. He is currently Jack M. Forcey Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to Berkeley, Prof. Pempel was the Boeing Professor of International Studies at the University of Washington. He has also served on the faculty at Cornell University, the University of Colorado and the University of Wisconsin. Prof. Pempel’s research and teaching focus on comparative politics, political economy, contemporary Japan, and Asian regional ties. His recent books include Remapping East Asia: The Construction of a Region; Regime Shift: Comparative Dynamics of the Japanese Political Economy; Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia and The Economic-Security Nexus in Northeast Asia. In addition, he has published over one hundred twenty scholarly articles and chapters in books. Prof. Pempel received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Columbia University. His current research involves Asian adjustments to the rise in global finance and the decline in security bipolarity. He is active in the Northeast Asian Cooperation Dialogue.

Sheila_Smith_6-5-14_largeSheila A. Smith serves as vice-chair of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. She is the Senior Fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where she directs the project on Japan’s Political Transition and the U.S.-Japan Alliance as well as the Roundtable Series on Japan and Northeast Asia. She was previously on the faculty of the Department of International Relations at Boston University and on the staff of the Social Science Research Council. She has also been a visiting researcher at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, the Research Institute for Peace and Security, the University of Tokyo and the University of the Ryukyus. Dr. Smith earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from Columbia University. She regularly contributes to CFR’s Asia Unbound blog. Her newest book is Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China.