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Wednesday, August 01, 2018, 15:00 - 16:00

Jon Mitchell, Special Correspondent, Okinawa Times,

Award Winner of FCCJ's Freedom of the Press Lifetime Achievement Award

Language: The Speech and Q & A will be in English

"Freedom of Information Act: a Tool to Probe U.S. Intel/Military Operations in Japan"

British journalist and author Jon Mitchell, whom the FCCJ decorated with its inaugural Freedom of the Press Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2015 for his extensive reporting on human rights issues on Okinawa comes back to the Club to speak about a key tool of his trade: the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

Mitchell is due to address how journalists, NPOs and citizens can use the law to obtain government-controlled information and documents related to U.S. operations in Japan by the Central Intelligence Agency, the Naval Criminal Investigation Service, and the military.

In his latest contribution to the Asia-Pacific Journal, Mitchell highlighted a 2012 CIA report, released under the Freedom of Information Act, which advises U.S. officials on how to shape Okinawan public opinion about the huge U.S. military presence on their island chain.

A resident of Japan for two decades, he has been a regular contributor for the Japan Times and for the last two years a special correspondent for the Okinawa Times. He has covered the alleged existence of the toxic defoliant Orange on the subtropical island chain and problems surrounding U.S. military bases there. He is also a visiting researcher at the International Peace Research Institute of Tokyo's Meiji Gakuin University.

In 2014, he authored a book in Japanese, "Tsuiseki: Okinawano Karehazai" (Chasing Agent Orange on Okinawa). His latest book, Nichibei Chiikyoutei to Kichi Kougai (U.S. Military Contamination in Japan) is based on 12,000 pages of internal military documents, which reveal the decades-long environmental impact of U.S. military operations in mainland Japan and Okinawa.

 

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

 

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