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Ben Hamamoto

Research Manager
Ben Hamamoto

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ben's upbringing in diverse socio-economic conditions inspired his lifelong interest in issues of race, class and social justice. He spent half a decade covering these issues as a journalist at Youth Outlook, New American Media, and the Nichi Bei Times, before coming to IFTF in 2011. Ben believes that short-term thinking is a major cause of today's social inequity and that foresight is critical to successful social change and effective governance. He has been involved in writing and research for projects for Health Horizons and Global Food Outlook, as well as throughout the Institute. In addition to his work at IFTF, he continues to contribute to the Nichi Bei Weekly and he edits the National Japanese American Historical Society's official magazine, Nikkei Heritage.

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