David Williams is one of the West’s leading thinkers on the modern Orient. Born in Los Angeles, he was educated in Japan and at U.C.L.A., and contributed for many years to the Opinion Section of the Los Angeles Times. He has taught at Oxford, where he undertook his doctorate, Sheffield and Cardiff Universities. He has worked for the Industrial Bank of Japan, Mitsui & Co., the Iran-Japan Petrochemical Co., and Tōyō Keizai (The Oriental Economist).
During twelve of his twenty-five years in Japan, he was an editorial writer for The Japan Times, before working in financial services in Tokyo, London and New York City.
He regularly appears on BBC Wales and contributes his views to The Financial Times and Liberty magazine in Japan.