David McNeill

David McNeill

Japan Advisor


David is a journalist and author who has spent two decades in Japan writing for American, British and Irish publications. He is an adjunct professor at several Tokyo universities and a long-standing member of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan.

Current Work

As an advisor to the Centre for Sport and Human Rights, David is helping to build awareness of human rights issues in Japan ahead of the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, and pushing for positive outcomes from those events. 

Previous Experience

David once pursued an academic career and was a tenured lecturer in the United Kingdom before decamping to China, then Japan, where he began reporting. He wrote for The Independent for over a decade and The Chronicle of Higher Education for six years.