2016-17 Board of Director Bios
KHALDON AZHARI is the president of PanOrient News, a correspondent for Al Sharq, bureau chief of WAM and PETRA news agencies and a contributor to BBC Arabic Radio and TV.
1st Vice President
ANTHONY ROWLEY is Tokyo correspondent for the Singapore Business Times.
2nd Vice President
TODD CROWELL worked for 14 years as a Senior Writer for Asiaweek, the leading English-language newsmagazine in Asia, published in Hong Kong by Time. He has published four previous books: Farewell, My Colony: Last Years in the Life of British Hong Kong (1998); Tokyo: City on the Edge (2001) and Explore Macau: a Guide and History, and the forthcoming Dictionary of the Asian Language. He has contributed to the Christian Science Monitor, Asian Wall Street Journal and other publications. Since the demise of Asiaweek in 2001, he has worked as a book editor, copy editor and freelance writer. His latest book is The Coming War Between China and Japan, an Amazon Kindle Single.
SecretaryDAVID SATTERWHITE, a U.S. citizen, was raised in Kyoto from infancy, and has spent a cumulative 45 years in Japan. Following studies at Sophia University and, back in Kyoto at Friends World College, he subsequently earned his MA and Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle. After teaching at the university level in the U.S. for 8 years, he served as Managing Director of The Economist Group-Japan (1997-2004), organizing Economist Roundtables and running the Economist Corporate Network. He then served as Executive Director of Fulbright Japan (2004-2013), and since 2013 has been engaged in Government Relations, Strategic Planning, and Intercultural Communication Training as a consultant. An Associate Member for 16+ years, he currently also serves on the FCCJ House & Property Committee, deeply engaged in planning the Club's move in 2018.
TreasurerROBERT WHITING is the author of several successful books on contemporary Japanese culture, including Tokyo Underworld, The Meaning of Ichiro, The Chrysanthemum and the Bat and the best-selling You Gotta Have Wa. He has published 20 other books in Japanese. He has written for Sports Illustrated, Time, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Japan Times as well as for Japanese publications, including Shukan Asahi and Bungei Shunju. He authored a manga series for Kodansha that sold 750,000 copies in graphic novel form. At present he writes a weekly column for Yukan Fuji. He has lived in Japan on and off for the past 50 years, and is a graduate of Sophia University. Tokyo Underworld is under option to Amazon Studios.
PETER LANGAN has been in the news business in Asia for almost 30 years, with postings in Japan and Singapore, covering stories from Sydney to Ulaanbaatar, Mumbai to Jakarta and many points in between. He was the Tokyo Bureau Chief of Bloomberg News from 2005 to 2009, and later led the bureau’s news team that won two SOPA awards for coverage of Fukushima. He is from the U.K., more precisely the City of Liverpool – well known for producing lousy music and useless football teams, with the latter exception of Everton FC.
SAID KARLSSON is a freelance journalist and photographer from Sweden. He has been contributing to several Swedish media outlets since 2010. Among his clients are TT, the biggest news agency in Scandinavia, as well as a wide range of newspapers, magazines and TV-production companies from all over the world. Said was born in Malmö in the south of Sweden but lived a few years in Stockholm as well as in Berlin before moving to Japan in 2008. Before leaving Sweden, he was covering tech- and gaming news for PM, another major news agency in the country. Said has a degree in Informatics from the Mid-Sweden University.
MILTON ISA is a consultant and serves in an advisory capacity with several organizations, including NPOs. He has lived in Tokyo since 1972 and has been a member of the FCCJ since the eighties. He worked in the financial field for over 40 years: he spent 20 years with Merrill Lynch, set up the representative office in Tokyo for Permal Asset Management and was the president and CEO of State Street Japan. He has an MA in Diplomacy from Norwich University and a BA in Business Administration from Seattle University. Isa has lectured at Keio and Hitotsubashi universities and the National Defense Medical College. He retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves after 30 years.
YUICHI OTSUKA is a 3rd-term director and long time associate member of the FCCJ. Professionally, he has been in the semiconductor industry for over 25 years. He is currently serving as Vice President of Business Development at United Microelectronics Corporation, the world’s 2nd largest semiconductor foundry. Before taking his current position, he was the president of a European high-tech company's Japanese subsidiary. His experience also extends to M&A and large-scale structured finance in the semiconductor field. He is willing to utilize his corporate experience to improve FCCJ operations.
WILLIAM SPOSATO continues as Kanji in the second year of his two-year term. Sposato is a freelance writer, focusing on macroeconomic issues and monetary policy. His stories can be found on the QBeats online publishing site and he has also recently completed an assignment for Finance Asia magazine. Prior to his current work Sposato was deputy bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones and has previously worked for Reuters in a number of roles including Japan bureau chief, New York bureau chief and editor for South Asia. In addition to his writing, Sposato provides media training programs for corporate executives.
MAKOTO HONJO is a native of Tokyo, who graduated from Keio University in 1973 and joined Sumitomo Corporation. For the last 15 years at Sumitomo he was working on acquisitions and disposals, something that he continues to advise on as an independent consultant. He is the author of the first Japanese language academic paper on European foreign labor, which appeared in the March 1973 issue of Gekkan Rodo Mondai. He is married to Ann Sado who runs her own business advising nonprofit organizations on diversity and inclusion issues, and has a son Akira from a previous marriage who is a practitioner of Oriental medicine.