YOICHI TAKITA is a senior staff writer at Nihon Keizai Shimbun, covering macro economy and financial markets. He joined the company upon graduating from Keio University in 1981 with a Master’s degree in law. From 1987 until 1990 he was the Zurich Bureau Chief and from 2008-2009 he was the senior staff writer for Nikkei America. He returned to Japan in 2009 to the position of deputy chief editorial writer for Nikkei, a post he held until 2011. In 2011 he took on his present post. In 2008, Takita received the Vaughan-Ueda International Journalist Award for reports on the Lehman crisis. He has written several books, including The Global Financial Crisis is Opening Pandora’s Box (2008), How to Read the Currency Market, 4th edition (2013), How to Read Interest Rates (2014).
BOBBIE VAN DER LIST is a freelance journalist who writes for several Dutch newspapers: Financieel Dagblad, Trouw and Algemeen Dagblad. A native of Amsterdam, he earned his Master of Science degree in Asian Studies from Lund University (Sweden). With a bachelor in Journalism in his pocket he made his way to Tokyo in September 2015. In addition to covering general news for Dutch newspapers, he regularly writes for special-interest magazines, covering a wide range of topics and industries: from Japanese management to culinary stories, and from technology to healthcare.
Avnish Sharma, Embassy of India
Mariko Kishi, Hosei University
Tsuneo Shimoji, Japan Entrepreneurs & Presidents Association