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NUMBER 1 SHIMBUN 2018 (116)

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Photo Exhibition - Year of the Dog

No1-2018-01 Photo Exhibiton


Photo Exhibition - Year of the Dog

Welcome to the year of the Dog. In the Chinese Zodiac, 2018 is the Brown Earth Dog, which happens only once every 60 years. It is expected to be a time of ACTION!!! The prediction for 2018 is that it will overall be a good one, but also an exhausting one. Expect to be happy, yet frustrated, rested, yet tired, cheerful, yet dull!

In celebration of the New Year and man’s best friend, FCCJ Exhibition Committee would like to thank the following artists for contribution to this show.

Anzai, Hajime
Fukawa, Aiko
Hanai, Yusuke
Jullien, Jean
Kaneko, Jun
Kazama, Naomi
Mogari, Kei
Niya Niya Studio
Rozich, Stacey
Sander Studio
Sanae Sugimoto
Town Kun
Urbani, Margherita
Yokoyama, Kanta



In Memorium: Shigeo "Shig" Fujita

No1-2018-01 Fujita


In Memorium: Shigeo "Shig" Fujita

By Roger Schreffler


Longtime FCCJ member Shigeo "Shig" Fujita passed away on Dec. 29, 2015. Shig was 93.

The news was lost in the year-end shuffle two years ago, and the club failed to issue a timely notice of his passing.

It came as a shock to many of us who had known Shig, including my wife, who had inherited his job as "Tensei Jingo" translator at the old Asahi Evening News.

Fortunately, FCCJ Life Member Charles Pomeroy had written an excellent profile of Shig, which ran in the July 2015 issue of No. 1 Shimbun (see

Born in Kagoshima but raised in Seattle, Shig was repatriated to Japan in 1939 shortly after graduating from high school and failing to be granted U.S. citizenship due to exclusionary imigration laws which discriminated against Japanese and other Asians.

In 1952, he joined Asahi Evening News, where he worked for 52 years. In addition to translating Tensei Jingo, he wrote an entertainment column, "Hi Notes - Brite Lights," for 37 of those years.

We would often see him in the club hosting a visiting celebrity. Then on the weekends, he would go dancing with his wife Toshiko.

He was also correspondent for Billboard magazine from 1980 to 1990.

Shig would have turned 96 this January. He joined the FCCJ on Jan. 3, 1965. At the time of his passing, he was survived by a son and daughter and his wife.

A big loss. And thank you, Charles, for interviewing him.


New in the Library

New in the Library

Watashi nihon ni sunde imasu
Suvendrini Kakuchi
Iwanami Shoten
Gift from Suvendrini Kakuchi

Yoshimoto kogyo hyakugonenshi
Yoshimoto Kogyo Kabushiki Gaisha
Yoshimoto Kogyo
Gift from Suvendrini Kakuchi

Asia's Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century
Richard McGregor

Chinese Script: History, Characters, Calligraphy
Thomas O. Horllmann; Maximiliane Donicht (trans.)
Columbia University Press

New Members (January 2018)

New Members (January 2018)


Regular Members
Junji Tachino, Asahi Shimbun
Shoko Oda, Bloomberg L.P.



Professional/Journalist Associate Member Emdad H. Sheikh, ATN Bangla Ltd.



Status Change (From Associate to PJA)
Manabu Yokoyama, Notre Dame Seishin University

Associate Members
Clay Kinney, Maiora Asset Management
Jon Salyards, Savills Japan
Terue Kitazawa, Gurunavi, Inc.
Shunso Kagei, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
Masahiko Kasuga, Japan Green Stamp Co., Ltd.
Hiroshi Ohoka, The Ohoka Memorial Foundation Yasuyo Takamatsu, Tsukushi Club Tetsuya Taneda, NTT Communications Corporation



No1-2018-01 New Members


Biography of Mr. Junji Tachino,

Junji Tachino is currently assigned as Acting Director of the Editorial Board, who bears responsibility of producing editorials of the Asahi Shimbun on the daily basis. He has worked in the United States with the following titles and terms: Bureau chief of Asahi Shimbun's American General Bureau in Washington DC from June 2009 to March 2013, Bureau chief of New York from September 2007 to May 2009, Diplomatic correspondent in Washington DC from April 1999 to March 2002. He was also based in Cairo, Egypt, from April 2006 to August 2007 as bureau chief of the Middle Eastern & African General Bureau. Junji Tachino's academic history: 1996 MPA, J. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; 2005 visiting fellow, Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel.


Biography of Ms. Shoko Oda, (Note: no photo by request)

Born in Saitama but raised in the States, I moved to Tokyo 2 years ago to join Bloomberg Tokyo. I work as a reporter for Bloomberg's Social Velocity team -- we're a squad of reporters and editors around the globe that monitor social media for breaking news 24/7.

When I'm not chasing after Tweeters, I'm running the streets of Tokyo, training for my first marathon.


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