Board of Advisors


We are pleased that the following distinguished individuals have kindly agreed to serve on our Board of Advisors
and act as resources to Delphi Network clients:

 

Robert Orr

We are delighted to welcome our first Ambassador to the Delphi Network board of advisers.

Robert was Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2010-2016. He also became Dean of the Board of the ADB, the first American in history. From 2007-2010 he was Chairman of the Panasonic Foundation.

From January 2002 until March 2007 Robert was President of Boeing Japan, during the development of the most successfully selling airplane in history, the 787 Dreamliner.

His book The Emergence of Japan’s Foreign Aid Power won the 1991 Ohira Prize for best book on the Asia Pacific.

The Ambassador holds a BA in History, cum laude, from Florida Atlantic University, an MA in Government from Georgetown University and a PhD in Political Science from Tokyo University.

 

Mitch Murata

Mitch is one of the most brilliant and networked individuals in Tokyo. We are proud to have him on our Board of Advisors. Mitch often helps senior government officials and business leaders obtain those unique and authentic insights which official briefing papers often leave out. He graduated from Georgetown University, where he also obtained an MBA. He is the Managing Partner at Black Pearl Partners.

 

Ernie Higa

We are delighted to add the legendary Ernie Higa to our Board of Advisors. Ernie is one of the most successful American entrepreneurs in Japan. He started importing lumber and medical devices before achieving striking success by starting and then selling the Domino’s Pizza franchise in Japan. He is now spearheading Wendy’s re-entry into Japan. He is a Columbia University graduate and a member of Keizai Doyukai, the powerful Japanese business group. We believe Ernie’s expertise in establishing Western brands in Japan and his deep connections with Japanese business represent a great resource for our members.

 

Michael Woodford MBE

It is a great honour to have Michael Woodford join our board of advisors. Michael represents many of the qualities we take very seriously at the Delphi Network, especially trust, courage and integrity. These are qualities without which the Delphi Network could not function, although admittedly there is less scope to show courage in normal business than Michael had to demonstrate during his ordeal as the whistle-blowing CEO of Olympus. Michael also makes a great symbol for the Delphi Network because he navigated the difficult area between Japanese and Western corporate cultures, issues which DN members are facing on a daily basis. His experiences still fascinate Japanese and Western observers alike and will surely be mined for insights for many years to come.

 

R. Taggart Murphy

R. Taggart Murphy is the author of Japan and the Shackles of the Past (Oxford: 2014) and, with Akio Mikuni, of Japan’s Policy Trap (Brookings: 2002), voted the best professional and scholarly book of 2002 in the economics category by the American Association of Publishers. He is also the author of The Weight of the Yen (Norton: 1996), is a frequent contributor to the New Left Review, and has published articles in the Harvard Business Review, the London Review of Books, Fortune, the National Interest, the New Republic, and elsewhere. Taggart retired in March 2016 from his position as Professor of International Political Economy in the MBA Program in International Business at the Tokyo Campus of the University of Tsukuba.

 

Robert Whiting

World-renowned authority on Japanese baseball and Japanese organized crime.
He forged his reputation with ‘You Gotta Have Wa’, a book which generates deep insights into Japan via an analysis of Japan’s love affair with baseball, and it’s tendency to infuse the game with Zen and martial arts concepts. He followed this up with a meticulous and rich examination of  an Italian-American former soldier’s rise through the ‘Tokyo Underworld’ – the name of his book. Numerous other works on Japanese baseball followed, but he is now writing a book on the history of post-war Tokyo, in which the 1964 Olympics feature prominently.

 

Roger Pulvers

Roger Pulvers is an acclaimed author, playwright, theatre director, translator and journalist. He has published over forty in Japanese and English and has worked extensively in film and television. He was assistant to director Nagisa Oshima on the film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, starring David Bowie and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Roger received the prestigious Kenji Miyazawa Prize in 2008, the Noma Award for the Translation of Japanese Literature in 2013 and the Yasushi Inoue Award in 2015. He divides his time between Sydney, Australia, and Japan.

 

Robert Dujarric

Director of the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies at Temple University in Tokyo.
Robert is an expert commentator on military, historical and comparative political economic matters as they pertain to Japan. He also has access to an extraordinary network of experts, partly thanks to running the legendary public lecture programme at Temple University.

 

Anna Maxwell

An Oxford scholar with a First in Classics.
Anna has had a fifteen-year career as a writer and researcher that spans international finance, the film industry, and national politics

 

Glen S. Fukushima

Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress (CAP; Washington, D.C.)
Former President, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ; Tokyo)
Former Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China (USTR; Washington, D.C.).
Glen is as close to completely bi-cultural as you can find in Japan. A high-flying career in government and academia was cross-fertilized with senior executives roles at blue chip MNCs such as Airbus.

 

William H. Saito

CEO & founder, Intecur  and Government Advisor.
William is one of the most technically brilliant experts of his generation. He is also independently wealthy and extremely entrepreneurial: this makes him a wonderful model for today’s youth. He is in great demand by the government for his views on improving Japan’s to push the frontier of technology.

 

Dr Paul J. Scalise

Paul is one of the best-informed and articulate energy experts on Japan and Asia. He has commented and written frequently on energy issues in the wake of Japan’s 3/11 disaster. He possesses unshakable intellectual integrity, and focuses on the scientific evidence rather than pushing a certain ideology.

 

Robert A. Madsen

Senior Fellow, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

Graham Davis

Graham Davis has lived in Japan for 20 years. For much of that time he headed the Tokyo office of The Economist in both editorial and commercial functions, as well as having Asia Pacific responsibility for Thought Leadership and Events product areas. He also spent a period as head of the China region. Prior to that he had worked in investment banking, with a career which led from London to Frankfurt and finally Tokyo. He currently splits time between Tokyo, where he is working on a number of Tokyo 2020 Olympics projects, and Yakushima, where his wife runs a guesthouse, Cottage Davis Yakushima.

 

Tom Miller

Tom Miller is a senior analyst at Gavekal Research, a global economic research service, and managing editor of China Economic Quarterly, published by its sister service Gavekal Dragonomics. Tom was educated at the University of Oxford and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, and spent two years studying Mandarin in Beijing. A former journalist, he has reported from a dozen countries in Asia.
His new book, China’s Asian Dream: Empire Building Along the New Silk Road, will be published in February 2017. His first book, China’s Urban Billion: The Story Behind the Biggest Migration in Human History (Zed, 2012), was translated into Chinese. After fourteen years living in China, Tom now divides his time between England and Asia.

 

Mike Alfant

Mike Alfant is emeritus president of the American Chamber of Commerce and generally considered to be one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Tokyo, having sold at least one company for a very large profit and set up scores of others across the region. His has a questioning, ever-curious mind and has been kind enough to provide advice to DN members, even before taking on this role.
His profile can be found here.

 

Gordon Thom

Gordon Thom is the former CEO of Dyson and Electrolux in Japan. We believe his track record puts him among the most successful CEOs in the B2C business. Gordon is semi-retired in snowy Sweden, but cannot resist returning to Japan quite frequently, and indeed will be advising a DN member in early January.