AARON "CHICO" HARLAN joined the foreign desk at The Washington Post in June, beginning a three-year assignment to cover East Asia as a foreign correspondent. He previously spent two years as a Post sportswriter, covering the Washington Nationals baseball team. Before joining the Post, Harlan was a staff writer at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette (2004-07) and the Daily Telegraph in Sydney (2007-08). His byline has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, ESPN The Magazine and The Boston Globe. Since graduating from Syracuse University in 2004, Harlan has covered a variety of topics and stories, writing in-depth pieces on cold-case murders, the financial crisis and footraces across the Australian continent. One of his pieces from 2009 won first-place honors in the game story category from the Associated Press Sports Editors Association.
YOICHI NISHIMURA has been managing editor of The Asahi Shimbun since June 2010. He began working at the paper in 1981 after graduating from Tokyo University with a degree in international relations. He was the paper’s political editor from 2005 to 2007, and from 2002 to 2005 was chief of the American General Bureau in Washington, D.C., overseeing North and South America. He first served in the Washington bureau from 1998 to 2001, reporting on issues related to defense, diplomacy and the U.S. presidential election. From 1986 to 1992, Nishimura covered the Office of the Prime Minister, the Diet and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo as a political writer. He attended Moscow State University and the Institute of Ethnology of the Russian Academy of Science from 1992-93, and worked at the paper’s Moscow bureau from 1993 to 1997. Nishimura authored the book Purometeusu no Haka (Grave of Prometheus) on the state of the Russian army (Shogakukan, 1998), and has contributed to several other books on Russia and the Middle East, including Wangan Kiki to Nippon (The Gulf Crisis and Japan), published in Japanese by Asahi Shimbun in 1992.
Aaron Harlan, The Washington Post
Yoichi Nishimura, The Asahi Shimbun
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