Glenn D. Hook is Chair of Japanese Politics and International Relations, previously Head of Department, and since 1995 Director of the Graduate School of East Asian Studies, the University of Sheffield. He is also the inaugural Director of the National Institute of Japanese Studies launched in 2006 with the University of Leeds as an international Centre of Excellence funded by the British authorities. He has been Visiting Professor or Fellow at Australian National University, University of California, Chuo University, Hiroshima University, Keio University, Meiji University, Peking University, and several times at the University of Tokyo and elsewhere. He has won research grants, fellowships and awards from the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, Japan Foundation, Japanese Ministry of Education, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Leverhulme Foundation, McArthur Foundation, Nuffield Foundation, Toshiba Foundation and others. He has published numerous articles, chapters and books as well as given over two-hundred presentations at learned societies and universities in more than twenty countries on topics relating to Japanese politics, international relations, and security. He has served in a range of other capacities, including President of the British Association for Japanese Studies, assessor for the Nobel Peace Prize, and as a member of the international advisory board of the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo.