Packard, George

Michael Dames

George R. Packard has been President of the United States-Japan Foundation since 1998.  He is also Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, and Chairman of the Advisory Board at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute there.  Dr. Packard was Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies from 1979 to 1993, and Visiting President of the International University of Japan from 1994 to 1998.  Earlier in his career, Dr. Packard was an intelligence officer and later a special assistant to US Ambassador Edwin O. Reischauer in Tokyo.  He is the author of eight books, and of articles that have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and elsewhere.  Dr. Packard received from the Japanese Government the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Stars in November 2007.  He studied at Princeton University (B.A.) and at Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (M.A. and Ph.D.).

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On his book Edwin O. Reischauer and the American Discovery of Japan
(Our Cover Feature of October 12, 2010)