Benjamin Boas

Author and Editor

Benjamin is author of two books on Japanese culture and education:

I Learned about Japan through Manga and Video Games (Tokyo: Shogakukan 2015)

Re-Learning English for Adults
(Tokyo: Shogakukan 2016)

Benjamin has worked as a short-form writer, editor, and translator since 2008. He works with renowned publishers including Kawai Juku, Shogakukan, Tokyo University, and Tokyo Institute of Technology, and contributes regularly to media outlets including Netflix, Studio Ghibli, The Yomiuri Shimbun, Metropolis Magazine, The Japan Times, and TimeOut Tokyo.


Cool Japan Ambassador

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Benjamin serves as Cool Japan Ambassador for the Japanese national government’s "Cool Japan" program, in which he advises the Cabinet Office on its outward-facing cultural initiatives. He has appeared on a variety of television programs in this role, including NHK’s Tokyo Eye 2020 and Journeys in Japan.

Benjamin also serves as a Tourism Ambassador for Tokyo's Nakano Ward.

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Cultural Consultant

Benjamin draws on his years of living and working in Japan to offer others a deeper understanding of the country and its culture. He has designed events in and around Japan for the Harvard Club of Japan, Pasona Group, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and more. In 2014, Japan Women's University recognized Benjamin for his contributions to an intensive Zen research project run by Professor William Hanks of University of California, Berkeley.

Benjamin regularly speaks to audiences of business people, academics, around the world on variety of topics related to Japanese culture and society, cross-cultural communication, and tourism policy.

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