TADAKAZU KIMURA is a freelance journalist and former president and CEO of the Asahi Shimbun. Kimura graduated from Waseda University with a degree in Political Science and Economics. He studied U.S.-Japan relations as a visiting research fellow at Columbia University’s East Asian Institute in 1994. He worked as a political news writer for more than 30 years, and served from 1994 to 1997 as a political correspondent in the Asahi’s Washington, DC bureau, covering the Clinton administration. Between 2000 and 2005, he worked as an Editorial Writer, a Political News Editor, and Managing Editor in the Tokyo Headquarters. In 2006, he was appointed as the European General Bureau Chief. Kimura was also the first Editor-in-Chief of the Globe, a feature and analysis magazine founded in 2008. As president, he led the Asahi Shimbun’s collaboration with the Huffington Post to launch their Japanese edition in 2012. His publications include Seisaku Keisei (“Strategy Formation”), published in 2010.

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