I’m Rob Fahey. I’m a PhD candidate at Waseda University in Tokyo, where I study contemporary politics and political communication, and conduct research into the changing nature of political communications and electoral campaigning in Japanese democracy, including the emerging role of social networks. I formerly studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, where my thesis was on public and media opinion towards capital punishment in Japan.
I’m also a freelance journalist and consultant, specialising in the videogame and consumer technology industries. I write a regular column and occasional features for the leading trade and business publication for videogames, GamesIndustry.biz, a site which I previously edited for five years. I work on GAMESbrief with Nicholas Lovell, one of the industry’s top business consultants, with whom I have co-authored a number of books on the business of games.
I speak Japanese pretty well, read it competently and write it with the grace and flair of a crayon-wielding five-year-old. Beyond politics, I have wide-ranging interests in Japanese society and history, although this blog will probably end up being mostly on the political side of things. Although originally from Ireland, I lived in London for almost 15 years before moving to Tokyo, so I have a deep interest in British politics.
I write fiction when I find time and motivation. The two rarely align.
I cook regularly, hike up mountains occasionally, read constantly and drink gladly.