Gavan McCormack is an emeritus professor in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. A graduate of the universities of Melbourne and London (Ph.D. from London in 1974), he taught at the Universities of Leeds (UK), La Trobe (Melbourne), and Adelaide, before joining ANU in 1990. His recent books include The Emptiness of Japanese Affluence (New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2nd revised edition, 2001; Japanese, Korean and Chinese translations from Misuzu shobo, Changbi, and Shanghai People‘s Publishing House), Japan’s Contested Constitution – Rethinking the National Role (co-authored with Glenn Hook, London, Routledge, 2001) and Target North Korea: Pushing North Korea to the Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe (New York, Nation Books, and Sydney, Random House Australia, 2004; Japanese edition from Heibonsha, 2004; and expanded Korean edition from Icarus, Seoul, 2006).