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From the President,

It is with great regret that I report that Charles Smith, one of our longest-serving regular
members, passed away on May 18. The cause of death was acute respiratory failure.
Charles had been suffering from malignant lymphoma since early 2015.

A classics scholar from Magdalen College, Oxford, Charles had an early taste of foreign
reporting when he worked on the staff of an English-language magazine in Argentina. He
joined the FCCJ in 1973 soon after his posting to Tokyo as Financial Times bureau chief,
a position he was to hold until 1984. That year he joined the Far East Economic Review,
which he served until 1995 as Tokyo bureau chief and as regional editor based in Hong

During his reporting career focused on Japanese politics, economy and business Charles
set the standard for calm, cool analysis. He was superb at his craft and widely respected
by his peers and by the many Japanese he encountered in his reporting activities.
After leaving the Review he wrote for several financial publications, notably Institutional
Investor, until he retired from day-to-day journalism.

Recently he finished writing his memoirs. Starting with the April issue, chapters are
being serialized in Number 1 Shimbun, under the rubric “Mr. Smith Goes to Tokyo.”
Charles was a gifted musician and served on the Club’s music committee many times
over the decades. Despite his illness in recent years he maintained his cello playing, to
the delight of his many musical friends.

He was a Board member in the Steve Herman presidency, 1997-8.

A non-religious funeral ceremony will be held for Charles at Scott Hall, on the Waseda
University Campus, on Tuesday, May 22, at 12:30 p.m. His musician friends will play in
his memory.

Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife Katsuko, their two daughters and his three older
children as well as his seven grandchildren.

Khaldon Azhari

The ceremony for Charles Smith
Tuesday May 22 nd
12:30 pm
Waseda Hoshien, Scott Hall, 2-3-1 Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku. (Tel: 03-3205-5411)

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