JCIE/USA is pleased to announce the addition of Jacob M. Schlesinger to its Board of Trustees as of September 2022. Jake is a senior correspondent in the Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau, covering economic policy and political-economic trends. He is currently on a leave of absence until January, serving as a fellow at Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute.
JCIE/USA Chair Peggy Blumenthal notes, “Jake brings a wealth of expertise on Japan and US-Japan relations and useful new perspectives to the board. He has been engaged in our work in various ways over the years, and we are delighted that he has agreed to join the Board as we look ahead to celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2025.”
Jake grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, and has a BA in economics from Harvard College. For the past three decades, he has moved back and forth between Washington and Tokyo, working for a total of 10 years for the Wall Street Journal in Japan, first as a reporter in the early 1990s, then as Tokyo bureau chief from 2010 to 2015. He is the author of Shadow Shoguns: The Rise and Fall of Japan’s Postwar Political Machine, published in 1997 by Simon & Schuster. In 2014, he was given Stanford’s Shorenstein Journalism Award, presented annually to a reporter helping global audiences understand the complexities of the Asia-Pacific region. He was also a member of the Journal team winning the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting on the dot-com bubble and crash.