Hiroki Azuma is a writer, a philosopher, and the CEO of Genron Company, a portal for critical discourse in Japan. Focusing on philosophy, infosocionomics, and representational studies in art and culture, he is one of the most influential young literary critics working in the field today.
Azuma has been an executive research fellow and professor at the Center for Global Communications, a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, a professor at Waseda University, and a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. His publications include Ippan Ishi 2.0, Quantum Families, for which he received the Mishima Yukio Prize, Dobutsuka-suru Postmodern (translated as Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals), and Sonzaironteki, Yubinteki (Ontological, Postal), for which he received the Suntory Literary Prize. Azuma received his PhD in culture and representation from the University of Tokyo.