I’m Rob Fahey. I’m a PhD candidate at Waseda University in Tokyo, where I study contemporary politics and political communication. My research focuses on 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 journalist and author specialising in the interactive entertainment and consumer technology industries. I write a regular column for videogame business’ leading trade publication, GamesIndustry.biz, and have co-authored a number of books (with consultant Nicholas Lovell of GAMESbrief) 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. Originally from Ireland, I lived in London for almost 15 years before moving to Tokyo, so I also have a keen interest in British politics.
When time allows, I enjoy cooking, hiking and reading.