Yusuke Matsuda is a global affiliate visiting scholar at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) for 2018-19. As a graduate of Nihon University, Matsuda began his career as a physical education teacher at a private junior and senior high school in Tokyo. There, he devised a special curriculum, "Sports English", teaching his Japanese students completely in English. As an adviser to extracurricular club activities, he was able to bring the once minor track team to advance to national level track meets. After moving on to the board of education in the adjacent prefecture of Chiba and serving as an analyst of educational policies, he completed his masters in educational leadership at Harvard University. Upon his return to Japan, he worked as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers before establishing several non-profit organizations including Learning for All and Teach for Japan. In 2017, he resigned his CEO position at Teach for Japan and pursued his second masters program at Stanford Graduate School of Business. In addition to joining Shorenstein APARC, he is also a Country Manager at Crimson Education Japan.
Matsuda is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community and is also a Research Associate Professor at Kyoto University. He earned his BA degree from Nihon University in the Department of Humanities and holds a Masters degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was selected as one of the 100 most influential people in Japan (Nikkei Business) and has published his book "Google, Disney yorimo hatarakitai kyositsu (a classroom you want to work more than Google and Disney)" in 2014 from Diamond.