Managing Director and Chief Program Officer, JCIE/Japan

After working for the Hyogo Prefectural Government for 10 years, Toshihiro Menju joined JCIE in 1988. He has managed a variety of programs in his nearly three decades at JCIE, and he is known as an expert on Japan’s immigration policy as well as on grassroots international exchange. He currently serves as a selection committee member for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication’s Best International Exchange Program Award and as chairman of the Shinjuku Multicultural Community Building Committee, which is in one of the areas with the highest concentration of immigrants in Japan.

Mr. Menju is the author of dozens of books, including Jichitai ga hiraku Nihonno iminseisaku (Local governments lead Japan’s immigration policy, 2016) and Jinko gekigen (The dramatic population decline, 2011) in Japanese, as well as English titles such as Asia on the Move (2016) and Japan’s Road to Pluralism (2003). He has served as an adjunct lecturer at Keio University, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture, and others.


Jichitai ga hiraku Nihonno iminseisaku [Local Governments Lead Japan’s Immigration Policy] (2016)

Jinko Gekigen: Imin ha Nihon ni hituyo de aru [The Dramatic Population Decline: Immigration is needed for Japan], Shincho Publishing (2011)

“The Development of Grassroots International Exchange in Japan and the Impact of American Philanthropy,” Philanthropy and Reconciliation: Rebuilding Postwar U.S.-Japan Relations (2006)

Japan’s Road to Pluralism: Transforming Local Communities in the Global Era (2003)