John Frederick Ashburne is a freelance writer, editor and photographer, based in Kyoto. He mainly specializes in Japanese culture (especially Japanese food culture), but also writes on news and economics. He is Kansai Correspondent for the Japan Times, and has written for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Kyoto Journal, Business Traveller Asia and other publications. He is the author of several books, including The Best of Kansai and editor in Chief of the website www. He is also a photographer and winner of several photography awards.

Benjamin N. Dooley has been named Japan Business Correspondent for the New York Times after three years reporting for Agence France Presse in Beijing, focusing on politics, human rights and the economy. Before A.F.P., Dooley spent five years working for Japan’s Kyodo News in Beijing and Washington, where he covered the State Department, the Pentagon and the White House, with a focus on United States policy in Asia. Ben has a master’s degree in East Asian studies from Stanford and a bachelor’s in Asian studies from the University of Virginia. He speaks fluent Japanese and Mandarin.

Angus Mckinnon, The L.T. Funds
Gloria Sadler-Mooser, No affiliation
Yuki Kawanaka, Soka Gakkai
Mitsunobu Kojima, Ryobi Holdings Co., Ltd.
Yoshiko Yamaki, Ryobi Holdings Co., Ltd.
Toshio Kurino, Meikyo Trading Co., Ltd.
Eriko Katayama, LLC Eriko F Company Japan
Yayoi Oguma, Bridge International
Tetsuya Sawano, Tekken Co., Ltd.
Junko Saito, Keio Plaza Hotel
Jun Sasaki, Canpotex (Japan) Limited
Kaori Shindo, Envision Co., Ltd.
Eisuke Yoshihashi, Dentsu-Adgear