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 also have academic interests in machine learning and natural language processing, and their application to political science research, and in the politics of gender and sexuality.
I previously 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 was the founding editor of the videogame business’ leading trade publication, GamesIndustry.biz, for which I remain a contributing editor, and I wrote about the games business for The Times for several years. I have also co-authored a number of books (with consultant Nicholas Lovell of GAMESbrief) on the business of games.
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.