The United States-Japan Foundation’s president, George R. Packard, was Director of the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies ( SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, D.C. He is concurrently Visiting President at the International University of Japan in Niigata.
Dr. Packard was Dean of SAIS from 1979 to 1993. He founded Johns Hopkins’ Foreign Policy Institute, the SAIS Review, the Reischauer Center for East-Asian Studies, and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in China.
Dr. Packard first went to Japan in 1956. After a stint in intelligence and then as a research scholar at Tokyo University, he became special assistant to the US Ambassador to Japan, Edwin O. Reischauer. A magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Dr. Packard received his M.A. and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He is fluent in Japanese, and able in Chinese and Spanish. The author of eight books on Japan and East Asia, his most recent is Wake Up Japan: Message from a Friend.