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President

Peter Langan, Freelance
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.

1st Vice President

Abigail Leonard, Freelance
ABIGAIL LEONARD is a Tokyo-based journalist
who covers Japanese politics and culture for
print and broadcast news outlets in the U.S. and
Europe. She has written stories for the Washington
Post, Newsweek and Vox; produced video
pieces for the New York Times and radio stories
for NPR, BBC and Deutsche Welle. Before
she moved to Japan, she wrote and produced
long-form news documentary stories as a staff
producer for PBS, ABC and Al Jazeera America
and was also a lead writer for two news analysis
programs: Countdown with Keith Olbermann
and The War Room with Jennifer Granholm.
Stories she's reported from Japan have earned
a National Headliner Award and a James Beard
Foundation Media Award Nomination. She was
a 2011 East-West Center Japan Fellow and a
2010 UN Foundation Journalism Fellow.

2nd Vice President

Robert Whiting, Freelance
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.

 

Secretary

Daniel Hurst, Freelance
DANIEL HURST is a freelance journalist
based in Tokyo. He writes news and feature
articles about Japan for a range of international
publications. Prior to moving to Japan
in 2016 he specialized in political reporting
in his home country of Australia. Previous
positions included political correspondent
for Guardian Australia, education correspondent
for the Sydney Morning Herald
and The Age, and state political reporter for
the Brisbane Times.

 

Treasurer

Willem Kortekaas,
Associate Member
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. 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

Khaldon Azhari, PanOrient News
KHALDON AZHARI is president of PanOrient
News, which 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 regular 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.

Mary Corbett, Professional
Associate Member
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.

Milton Isa, Associate Member
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.

Daniel Sloan, Nissan Motor/
Freelance
DAN SLOAN has over 25 years in global media
and corporate communications experience,
leading teams at Nissan Motor and Reuters.
Dan founded the Nissan Global Media Center,
which yoked traditional and social media with
corporate public relations, while earlier working
as senior correspondent and bureau chief
for Reuters. He is an author, frequent public
speaker, and former adjunct professor of Journalism
at Komazawa University. He served
as president of the Foreign Correspondents'
Club of Japan, and is a graduate of Columbia
Graduate School of Journalism and University
of Virginia.

 

Kanji

Kazuo Abiko, Freelance
KAZUO ABIKO is former AP general manager
for Northeast Asia. He served as FCCJ president
in 2001-2002. Following his retirement
from the international news agency in 2010,
he taught at universities on subjects related
to journalism as a part-time lecturer and
visiting professor until March 2017. In the
meantime, he also translated the AP's history
book "Breaking News" into Japanese, and
co-authored several books on international
reporting, journalism standards, and news
agencies. In addition to occasional writing
for various publications, he has been contributing
a monthly column on the state of U.S.
media to the Japan Newspaper Publishers
and Editors Association's weekly publication
since April 2013.

 

Associate Kanji

Makoto Honjo, Associate Member
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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