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President

KHALDON AZHARI is president of PanOrient News, an accredited media corporation registered in the United States and Japan. PanOrient News produces TV News Packages and articles for wires and print publications mainly in Arabic with a focus on Japan and East Asia. Azhari has been the bureau chief of WAM (UAE-based news agency) and a correspondent for PETRA (Jordan News) since the mid-nineties.  Additionally, as a former correspondent for various Arabic media such as MBC, CNBC Arabia, Dubai TV, he has been a reguler contributor to BBC Arabic Radio and TV, since the mid-nineties. Azhari has been the voice of Japan and East Asia to West Asia and the Arabic world for a quarter of a century and is a recipient of an award from the Japan-Arab Association for his contributions to media relations and for strengthening ties between Japan and the Arab countries.

 

1st Vice President

ANTHONY ROWLEY is Tokyo correspondent for the Singapore Business Times. Former Business Editor and International Finance Editor, Far Eastern Economic Review, and Field Editor (Japan) Oxford Analytica. Former European Business Correspondent, The Times, London

2nd Vice President

GREGORY CLARK, born British turned Australian, bureau chief for The Australian from 1969 after a 10-year career in foreign affairs (postings Hongkong, Moscow). He covered the dramatic rise in Australian economic ties with Japan, the pingpong diplomacy in 1971, the rise and fall of Tanaka Kakuei etc. Now a writer/columnist after a long involvement with the Japanese university system he is best known for his book (in Japanese) "The Japanese Tribe," and regular columns in the Japan Times. Wife Yasuko Tanno (deceased), two sons Dan and Ron Tanno. Languages: Chinese, Russian, Japanese and Spanish. www.gregoryclark.net  

 

Secretary

MARY CORBETT's career as writer and documentary producer dates back to her student years in Japan and the US working first as intern, then location coordinator, writer and producer for local and international media organizations including BBC, Nikkei, Discovery Channel, NHK, Asahi and NPR.  She hopes her passion for research and project management will contribute towards optimizing this historic year of transition for FCCJ.

 

Treasurer

WILLEM KORTEKAAS has been an Associate member since 1983. Following a 25 years’ career in banking with ABN Bank and postings to Africa, Canada, the USA and Japan, he set up a Japan based consulting firm that focused on Japanese M&A in Europe. At present, he manages a foreign-owned company on behalf of a client and concurrently is a director of several foreign owned companies in Japan. Present and past honorary functions include Chairman of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Vice-chairman of the Japan-Netherlands Society, Vice-chairman of the European Business Community (EBC) and Member of the Expert Committee of the Japan Investment Council.


Directors-at-Large

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.

PETER LANGAN has been in the news business in Asia for almost 30 years, with postings in Japan and Singapore, covering stories on the ground from Sydney to Ulaanbaatar and Beijing, 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 exception of Everton FC. He’s now the Northeast Asia Editor for Hong Kong-based Asia Times.

ROBERT 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.

YOICHI YABE celebrated his 25th anniversary as a yachting photographer in 2014. Born in Tokyo in 1957, he graduated from the law department of Hosei University and took a one-year scholarship to UC San Diego, where he also learned how to sail. After working for Yamaha for four years, he became an editor and photographer at a publisher specializing in marine sports. He graduated from Tokyo Photography College in 1988, and started a career as a professional photographer/journalist in 1989. He is the only Japanese member of the international marine photographer’s group Sea & Co and was the J Class yacht Endeavour’s official photographer, and he is a contracted chief photographer at the publisher, Kazi Co.

 

Kanji

YOSHISUKE IINUMA

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.

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