Yasuhito Abe received his B.A. and M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication Studies from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan where he authored several theses on the political role of mass media in Japanese foreign policy. He then moved to the United States and earned his second M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University in the City of New York. Prior to entering University of Southern California, he worked for the anti-terrorism unit of Radio Press Inc, the news-monitoring agency affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. His primary research interest concerns the changing media environment and contemporary democracy in relation to the Fukushima nuclear crisis. He is also interested in the political role of social media in diplomacy.