Yuji Nishiyama is Associate Professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University. He received his PhD from Hitotsubashi University's School of Languages and Society in 2006. He has taught at the University of Tokyo (2007-2010). He works on modern French philosophy, focusing on Jacques Derrida and Maurice Blanchot. In the past few years he is working on a research project titled "Philosophy and University". He is the author of Literature as Contestation: Solitude, Friendship and Community in Maurice Blanchot (Tokyo: Ochanomizu-syobô 2007), and the editor of Philosophie et Éducation II: Le droit à la philosophie (UTCP 2009), and Philosophy and the University (Tokyo: Miraisya 2009). He is also the Japanese translator of several books by Jacques Derrida, Maurice Blanchot, Jean-Luc Nancy and Catherine Malabou.