Yoko Ishii is known to her legions of fans as “Random Yoko.” She was born
in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1985. A graduate of Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka
majoring in English, Ishii began posting videos to YouTube in 2006. In
2011, she won the first YouTube NextUp award. Her YouTube channel on
politics and history, randomyoko2, has more than 55,000 subscribers and has
been viewed more than 6.8 million times. She has appeared in numerous
print, online, and television outlets, and has published a book on the
subject of patriotism: Shin Aikokuron. She is based in Fukuoka.