Yusuke Miyazawa is team leader for Breaking News Japan and Korea. Before that, he managed a translation team in New York.
His journalistic career started at Tokyo Broadcasting System, where he performed various roles including announcer, producer and reporter. He earned a Master's degree in international affairs at Columbia University with a focus on the Middle East and Afghanistan, completing a month of internship in Kabul in 2003.
He enjoys cycling on tarmac and gravel.
Erica Yokoyama is a breaking news editor at Bloomberg News's Tokyo bureau, covering a wide range of Japan-related financial, economic and political news. Aside from her current role, she also writes stories about green technologies.
Yokoyama joined Bloomberg in 2019 after completing a Master's course in sociology at the University of Oxford.
She has been serving as a co-vice president of Asian American Journalist Association's Tokyo community since 2022, where she organizes training and conferences with fellow journalist members in Asia.
She is an avid scuba diver and mahjong player.
My name is Kakumi Kobayashi. I am an editor and writer with more than 20 years' experience working for Kyodo News's English-language World Services Section. I have mainly covered Japanese politics and diplomacy as well as defense issues in Tokyo, and from July 2022 will be senior editor at the New York Bureau.
Apart from covering stories coming out of Tokyo's Nagatacho and Kasumigaseki districts, I also interviewed many people in the Tohoku region in the days after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. I wrote stories about evacuees in blackout-hit rural towns and the school gymnasiums in tsunami-flattened areas that were used as makeshift morgues.
From 2013, I worked in Washington to follow U.S. policies on Japan and Asia during Barack Obama's presidency, particularly bilateral negotiations ahead of the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. In 2016 I also had the opportunity to follow Obama on his trip to Hiroshima on the sidelines of the Ise-Shima G-7 Summit as part of the White House Press Corps.
After returning to Tokyo, I headed a digital team that launched a new free English site, Kyodo News Plus, in 2017, and was involved in promoting Kyodo's content via social media.
Silvervirch Associates KK
With over 35 years of global experience in government, embassy and private sector roles covering regional and global responsibilities, Patricia currently serves on or advises numerous corporate and philanthropic boards. She is currently Representative Director and Chief Executive of Freyr Life Sciences KK, a global healthcare regulatory affairs firm. She also founded a sustainability-focused consulting company called Silverbirch Associates, Ltd. in 2008, with clients encompassing a wide range of government and non-governmental organizations, and corporations ranging from Fortune 100’s to innovative clean-tech and renewable ventures. Activities include research and reporting; market entry support, inbound and outbound trade and investment advisory; business development and communications etc.. Silverbirch is also directly involved in the development of renewable energy projects and other SDG-supporting initiatives related to Food Water and Energy innovation, and healthcare sectors. Patricia holds an MBA in international business from McGill University, Canada, and is the enthusiastic mother of four children.
BSAC Japan Limited
I am the president of British Sub Aqua Club Japan, a license-issuing organization for scuba diving. I am the secretary general of the Royal Photographic Society Japan Chapter, and a member of the Japan-British Society, the British Chambers of Commerce in Japan and the International House of Japan.
Date of Birth: March27, 1956
Town and country of birth: Tokyo, Japan
Hosei University, Japan, 1974-1978
Bachelor degree in Law
Japan College of Social Welfare, 1992-1994
Master degree in Social Welfare Studies
January 22, 2001 – Present
Chairman of Board of Directors,
Silver Wing Social Welfare Corporation
Qualifications and Skills
Certified Social Worker
Long-Term Care Support Specialit
Born in Tokyo in 1944.
Resident at Onna village in Okinawa.
After graduation Keio University, he joined Japan Airlines and JAL Hotels. He worked mainly in the sales and marketing field in Japan, the U.S., Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.
After retirement from JAL Group, he started own business in Okinawa and opened a shop, ONNA, in Onna village. Isome's hobbies are playing the violin, sailing, golf, reading and cooking.
Yoshiko Zeynep Kanai
Azusa Sekkei Co., Ltd.
Yoshiko Zeynep Kanai, an architect by training, is the business development director for international projects at Azusa Sekkei, in charge of projects in collaboration with American, Australian and European companies.
She is also a board member of Azusa Institute of Research focusing on subjects such as digital transformation, decarbonization, wooden architecture, renewable energy, advanced air mobility and other technologies.
Yoshiko has grown up in a multi-cultural environment with Japanese-Turkish parents, and received an Austrian education from a young age and earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Architecture from Vienna University of Technology. She later acquired the LEED AP (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) and PMP credentials.
In the past, Yoshiko managed design and construction projects, tender and contractual processes for mixed-use commercial/office/hospitality and healthcare projects in Turkey, Romania and Austria.
Since joining Azusa, she has provided strategical business development, planning and FIDIC contract consultancy, managed commercial/proposal processes for airports, integrated resorts and other large-scale facilities in collaboration with international companies and various technology partners, and promoted sustainability practices in design at international conferences, including a lecture on eco-airports at the Passenger Terminal Expo.
She pursues an environmentally friendly approach in all areas of life, aiming for a better and more advanced society.
CEO, PA Partners Co.
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Mitsuhiko Sato is the director of the communications department (PR and IT) for the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), one of the largest private foundations in Asia. In his capacity as the head of the PR division, he manages the seven-member PR team, guiding efforts to share information about the foundation with domestic and international audiences, develop new outreach projects, and facilitate internal communication within the foundation.
Prior to joining SPF in 2017, he worked as a part-time high school English teacher and as a system engineer at an online trading information system company and a foreign travel agency.
He has a Master of Arts (theoretical linguistics) and a Bachelor of English Literature (linguistics) from Hosei University.
Mitsubishi Chemical Infratec Co., Ltd.
After graduating from the faculty of social science of Waseda University in 1986, I started my business career in Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and handled various products in relation to the construction industry. I have also completed overseas assignments: two in the U.S. for a total of nine years, Singapore for two years and Germany for three years.
I was a sailor and participated in the America's Cup in San Diego in 1992 as a Japan national team member - the first time a team from Asia had competed in the event.
I am now managing director/general manager in the housing and environment business unit at Mitsubishi Chemical Infratec Co., Ltd.
Panasonic Operational Excellence Co., Ltd.
Manager, PR Section 1, Global PR Office, Corporate PR Center, Panasonic Operational Excellence Co., Ltd.
I joined the FCCJ after returning from New York in 1998. At that time, I worked Mitsui & Co. I enjoyed club life and my chats with Mr. Mohammed Hanif.
When I retired from Mitsui, I decided to re-join the Club and (with my wife) am now very happy. I'll do my best to help the Club, in addition to enjoying lunch and dinner here.
Yomiuri Travel Service
Takashi Sakamoto is the president of Yomiuri Travel Service, the affiliate company of The Yomiuri Shimbun. Before joining Yomiuri Travel, Sakamoto worked as a journalist for The Yomiuri Shimbun for 31 years. He covered Asian affairs as New Delhi bureau chief in the early 1990s and wrote about American politics and diplomacy in his two tours to Washington, D.C. from 1996 to 2007. He continues to be interested in journalism and occasionally writes stories on Japanese tourism.
Y's Accounting Office
March 1963: Aichi Prefectural commercial high school Graduated March 1967 from Hosei University's business administration department
January 1968: Auditor Tokai first auditor
December 1972: The corporation
January 1975: Yamamoto public accounting firm
October 2003: Licensed tax accountant, Wise Consulting
March 1972: Certified public accountant
May 1973: Licensed tax accountant
November 2020-present: Chairperson