ABI SEKIMITSU rejoins the FCCJ as Managing Editor, Microsoft Applications, Media & Publishing, where she oversees the news strategy for all of Microsoft’s consumer media products in Japan. Previously she worked at Reuters News as General Manager, Southeast Asia & Pacific, based in Singapore. In her 25-year career at Reuters, Abi has worked in Hong Kong, Japan, U.S., UK, India and Singapore. She is a native of Kobe, and holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University in the U.S.

TAKESHI FUJITANI joined the Asahi Shimbun in 1987, after graduating from International Christian University in Tokyo. In 1992-93, he read a master’s degree at School of Oriental and African Studies in London. From 1997 to 2000, Fujitani was based in Rome, covering Mediterranean Europe and the Balkan region. He reported the civil war in Zaire, armed rebellion in Albania, and remained in Belgrade during NATO’s air strike against Serbia in the Kosovo crisis. As a Jakarta correspondent, he covered the aftermath of tsunami and earthquakes and bombing attacks by radical Islamic groups, as well as the peace process in Aceh. In 2008, Fujitani, then Deputy Foreign Editor, was assigned as an editor-in-charge for an African special issue, featuring Bono and Bob Geldof as guest editors. He was the Bangkok-based Asia Editor for four years before assuming the post of Senior Digital Producer last May.

Abi Sekimitsu, Microsoft Japan
Takeshi Fujitani, The Asahi Shimbun

Brendan O'Sullivan, O’Sullivan Partners K. K.
Katsunari Yoshida, Denkishizai Co., Ltd.
Kenji Arakawa, Yamaha Corporation
Hajime Murozaki, Sales on Demand Corporation
Kazuyoshi Suzuki, Medical Corp., Shouhakukai

Satoshi Shiraishi
Takao Ito, Mitsubishi Ore Transport Co., Ltd.