Foster Klug is AP’s News Director for Japan, the Koreas, Australia and the South Pacific, based in Tokyo. A second-generation AP journalist, Klug is from New Orleans. He has a bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Klug joined the AP in 2000, becoming AP’s first Asia correspondent in Washington in 2005, where he covered Asia across all branches of the U.S. government. He has traveled widely to cover big stories, including the Rohingya refugee crisis and the summits between the leaders of the United States and North Korea in Singapore and Vietnam. He contributed to AP’s award-winning team coverage of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011.
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Akiko Kashiwagi is a reporter for the Washington Post Tokyo Bureau. She has returned to journalism and to the FCCJ after working in Kobe, Osaka and Kyoto as a trade and food marketing specialist for several years. She was born and raised in Tokyo, and previously was a Tokyo-based reporter for Newsweek International and the Washington Post, reporting primarily on Japan’s business, politics and social trends.
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Alex Hendy, The Japan Journal, Ltd.
Akinori Hatano, UNIes, Inc.
Tomoko Nishizawa, Working Forever
Takahito Otake, Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.