Richard Katz

Former Carnegie Council Senior Fellow; Weekly Toyo Keizai


Richard Katz is a former senior fellow at Carnegie Council for Ethics In International Affairs, as well as a special correspondent for Weekly Toyo Keizai.

His new book on Japan (2023), The Contest for Japan’s Economic Future: Entrepreneurs vs. Corporate Giants, is about the growing opportunity to revive Japan’s economy through a restoration of entrepreneurship. His two previous books were Japan: The System That Soured--The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Economic Miracle (1998) and Japanese Phoenix: The Long Road to Economic Revival (2003), both of which were also published in Japanese.

For 20 years he published a monthly newsletter on Japan called “The Oriental Economist Report.” Now he publishes a free blog called “Japan Economy Watch” at

His essays and op-eds have been published in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and The International Economy. He’s testified several times to Congressional committees.

He also taught about Japan’s economy as an adjunct lecturer at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and at New York University.

He received his MA in economics from New York University in 1996.