Tobias Harris is a Ph.D. student in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is the author of Observing Japan, a blog focused on Japanese politics and East Asian international relations. In addition to being published in J@pan Inc, he has been published in The Wall Street Journal Asia and the Far Eastern Economic Review, and has appeared as an analyst on CNBC Asia's "Asia Squawkbox." From 2006-2007 he worked in the office of a member of Japan's House of Councillors. He holds a BA from Brandeis University and an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.