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Bill Emmott (born 6 August 1956) is an English journalist, author, and consultant best known as the editor-in-chief of The Economist newspaper from 1993 to 2006. Emmott has written twelve books and worked on two documentary feature films. He co-founded the Wake Up Foundation, an educational charity dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers facing Western societies.
Life and work
Emmott was educated at Latymer Upper School in London and Magdalen College, Oxford. He graduated from Oxford with first-class honours in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. After graduation, he worked for The Economist newspaper in Brussels, Tokyo, and London, and became the fifteenth editor of the publication in March 1993. Emmott resigned thirteen years later on 20 February 2006. During his tenure, The Economist editorialised in favour of the Iraq War, of legalising gay marriage, of abolishing the British monarchy, and of opposing Silvio Berlusconi as prime minister of Italy.
Emmott served as chairman of the London Library and trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies from 2009 to 2015. He worked as a group economic adviser for Fleming Family & Partners from 2011 to 2015. He is currently a visiting professor at Shujitsu University in Okayama, Japan, a visiting fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford, and a member of the University of Tokyo President's Council. Emmott is also an adviser to Swiss Re and has served as the director and the chairman of the content board at Ofcom.
Emmott wrote the best-selling book The Sun Also Sets: The Limits to Japan's Economic Power (1989), as well as 20:21 Vision: Twentieth-Century Lessons for the Twenty-First Century (2003), Japanophobia: The Myth of the Invincible Japanese (1993), and Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India and Japan Will Shape our Next Decade (2008).
His book about Italy, Forza, Italia: Come Ripartire dopo Berlusconi (Come on Italy: How to Restart after Berlusconi) was translated to Italian and published in 2010. Initially there was no English language version of this book. Emmott then updated, revised, and expanded the content for an English language version called Good Italy, Bad Italy, which was published in 2012.
In April 2016, the government of Japan awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.
Emmott writes columns on current affairs for The Financial Times in London, for La Stampa in Italy, for Nikkei Business in Japan, and for Project Syndicate worldwide. His latest book, The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World's Most Successful Political Idea, was published in April 2017.
Girlfriend in a Coma
Emmott co-wrote and narrated a documentary film entitled Girlfriend in a Coma, which depicts Italy in a 20-year-long crisis. It was made in 2012 by Springshot Productions under the direction and co-authorship of Annalisa Piras. It was broadcast on BBC Four, Sky Italia and La7 TV channels early in 2013, and subsequently on other channels worldwide, as well as more than 46 independently organised public screenings in Italy and abroad. During the six months following its release, the film was watched by more than one and a half million viewers.
The Great European Disaster Movie
Emmott and Piras again worked together on The Great European Disaster Movie which was aired in Britain, France, Germany and many other European countries in early 2015. The movie has been seen by 2,500,000 people in twelve countries and been translated into ten languages. In October 2015, Emmott and Piras made the film freely available for public screenings and debates about the future of the European Union. In May 2016, it was awarded the German CIVIS Media Prize in the category TV-Information.
Wake Up Foundation
Emmott and Piras set up the Wake Up Foundation to use film, text, and data for public education about the decline of Western countries. The first projects of the foundation were the Wake Up Europe! initiative, The Great European Disaster Movie, and a statistical indicator of the long-term health of western societies called 2050 Index.
- Pennant-Rea, Rupert; Emmott, Bill, eds. (1983). The Pocket Economist. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN 0-521-26070-1.
- Emmott, Bill (1989). The Sun Also Sets: Why Japan Will Not Be Number One. London: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-69696-3.
- Emmott, Bill (1991). Japan's Global Reach: The Influences, Strategies, and Weaknesses of Japan's Multinational Companies. London: Century. ISBN 0-7126-4928-X.
- Emmott, Bill (1993). Japanophobia: The Myth of the Invincible Japanese. New York: Times Books. ISBN 0-8129-1907-6.
- Emmott, Bill (1996). Kanryo no Taizai [The Deadly Sins of Government] (in Japanese). Translated by Chikara Suzuki. Tokyo: Soshisha. ISBN 4-7942-0702-6.
- Emmott, Bill; Watanabe, Koji; Wolfowitz, Paul (1997). Managing the International System over the Next Ten Years: Three Essays. New York: Trilateral Commission. ISBN 0-930503-76-7.
- Emmott, Bill (2003). 20:21 Vision: The Lessons of the 20th Century for the 21st. London: Allen Lane. ISBN 0-7139-9519-X.
- Emmott, Bill (2005). Changing Times: Leading Perspectives on the Civil Service in the 21st Century and Its Enduring Values. London: Office of the Civil Service Commissioners. ISBN 978-0-7115-0469-1.
- Emmott, Bill (2006). Shin Ogon Jidai no Nihon [Japan's New Golden Age—of the coming 10 years] (in Japanese). Masahiro Ugaya (trans.). Tokyo: PHP Institute. ISBN 4-569-65639-0.
- Emmott, Bill (2006). Hiwa Mata Noboru [The Sun Also Rises] (in Japanese). Soshisha. ISBN 978-4-7942-1473-7.
- Emmott, Bill (2007). Nihon no sentaku [Japan's Choices] (in Japanese). Kodansha International.
- Emmott, Bill (2008). Sekai Choryu no Yomikata [Reading the World's Currents] (in Japanese). PHP Institute.
- Emmott, Bill (2008). Rivals: How the power struggle between China, India and Japan will shape our next decade. Allen Lane. ISBN 978-1-84614-009-9.
- Emmott, Bill (2010). Kawaru Sekai, Tachiokureru Nihon [Changing World, Lagging Japan] (in Japanese). PHP Institute. ISBN 4-569-77728-7.
- Emmott, Bill (2010). Forza, Italia. Rizzoli. ISBN 9788817044929.
- Emmott, Bill (2012). Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer its Demons to Face the Future. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300186307.
- Emmott, Bill (2017). The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World's Most Successful Political Idea. Economist Books. ISBN 9781610397803.
- "Bloomberg Profile". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
- "Japanese Government honours Mr Bill Emmott : Embassy of Japan in the UK". www.uk.emb-japan.go.jp. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
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