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KEIKO IIZUKA, the Yomiuri Shimbun
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WALTER SIM is the Japan correspondent for the Straits Times. He joined the paper, the most-read broadsheet in Singapore, fresh out of Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, and first cut his teeth on the crime desk, covering everything from lurid sex-for-corruption trials and murders to the Little India riot in 2013. He then moved to domestic politics, reporting on the death of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and Singapore’s general election in 2015. It was during his first trip to Japan – a solo trip to Tokyo in 2012 – that he fell in love with the country and decided to pick up the language. In his present position, he covers Japan-related news including politics, diplomacy and social issues with an eye on Singapore and the region.


KAZUNORI TAKADA is the Tokyo Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News, overseeing 140 reporters and editors in both the English and Japanese language services. Kazunori joined Bloomberg in April 2016 from Reuters where he spent 16 years covering a wide range of areas from general news to market and corporate news in Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and China. In his last stint at Reuters, he was Shanghai bureau chief responsible for coverage of financial markets and corporate news in China. He was educated in Japan and the U.S. and is a graduate of International Christian University in Tokyo. Kazunori, a Yokohama native, is married with two children.

LEI YAN, Xinhua News Agency
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Janolof Fritze, Big Five Film and TV Productions
Shuichi Akiyama, Freelance
Akira Inoue, Golf Times Ltd.
Hiroshi Kagawa, IBC Publishing, Inc.
Hideaki Ota, the Sankei Shimbun
Takashi Uesugi, NO BORDER, Inc.

Gregory Poole, Doshisha University



Masahide Konishi, Kokuyo Co., Ltd.
Koushu Murakami, the Murakami Land Lord Corporation
Kunio Ogawa, Techno Door Co., Ltd.
Tomosaburo Uno, Osaka Sanitary Co., Ltd.
Yuhiko Yasunaga, Shimamoto Partners

Arseny Chuk Besher, GREE, Inc.
Masami Doi, Kreab K.K.
Hiroko Usami, Art Consultants Int’l Ltd.



New in the Library


Gamma: Une histoire de photographes

Hubert Henrotte; Floris de Bonneville; Gabriel Bauret

Éditions de La Martinière

Gift from Itaru K. Kurita


Japanese Studies in Britain: A Survey and History

Hugh Cortazzi (ed.); Peter Kornicki (ed.)

Renaissance Books

Gift from The Japan Society


The Will to Keep Winning

Daigo Umehara


Gift from Takeharu Chris Kusada (Shoagkukan)


A War of Words: The Man Who Talked 4000 Japanese into Surrender

Hamish McDonald

University of Queensland Press

Gift from Hamish McDonald


A Public Betrayed: An Inside Look at Japanese Media Atrocities and Their Warnings to the West

Adam Gamble; Takesato Watanabe

Regnery Publishing

Gift from Christopher A. Pitts


A People’s History of The Vietnam War

Jonathan Neale

The New Press

Gift from Christopher A. Pitts


The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II

Iris Chang

Penguin Books

Gift from Christopher A. Pitts


Kuroi kyoto : Saiko saibansho

Hiroshi Segi


Gift from Hiroshi Segi


Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki

David Chadwick

Broadway Books


Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack

Steve Twomey

Simon & Schuster


Gardens of Gravel and Sand

Leonard Koren

Stone Bridge Press


Ugetsu Monogatari or Tales of Moonlight and Rain: A Complete English Version of the Eighteenth-Century Japanese collection of Tales of the Supernatural

Ueda Akinari; Leon M. Zolbrod (trans.)



Japans Modern Prophet: Uchimura Kanzo, 1861-1930

John F. Howes.

UBC Press


Published in: January 2017

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