History of US-Japan relations from 1853 to the present
Dr. Packard has served as President of the United States-Japan Foundation since 1998. A private and independent grant-making organization with $87 million in assets, the Foundation is committed to promoting stronger ties between the US and Japan through greater mutual knowledge and understanding, to increasing broad awareness of important public policy issues, and to addressing common concerns in the Asia-Pacific region.
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. Upon returning to the States, he entered a journalistic career, first with Newsweek, and then with the Philadelphia Bulletin, for which he was White House Correspondent. He later became editor of the Philadelphia Evening and Sunday Bulletin. He was also television anchor of a weekly news analysis program from Philadelphia, This Week in Review.
From 1979 to 1993, he was Dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies ( SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. He has founded Johns Hopkins’ Foreign Policy Institute, the SAIS Review, the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in China and now serves as Dean Emeritus of SAI
A magna cum laude graduate, Professor Packard received his BA from Princeton University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is fluent in Japanese, and able in Chinese and Spanish. The author of eight books on Japan and East Asia, he is currently writing a book on Edwin O. Reischauer and Japan.