Takeshi Fujitani is the deputy managing editor at the Asahi Shimbun. He earned a BA in Liberal Arts at International Christian University, Tokyo and MA Developing Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He joined the Asahi in 1987. He was later assigned to the office in Rome in 1997 to cover the Pope’s millennium visit to the Holy Land, Kosovo Crisis, and wars in Zaire and Rwanda. In 2004, he moved to Jakarta, covering the first direct presidential election as well as string of terrorist incidents. During the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Takeshi was one of the first foreign journalists to report from the disaster-stricken area. From 2009 he reported from South and Southeast Asia regions as Asia Editor. Fujitani has co-authored two books, John Paul II and Living After Tsunami.

Barry M. Kawaguchi is the slot editor for the Asia & Japan Watch English-language digital newspaper website of the Asahi Shimbun. He started his career at the Ogden Standard-Examiner in Ogden, Utah, where he got his bachelor’s degree from Weber State College. Kawaguchi had two decades of daily newspaper experience in the US, working for various papers asa sportswriter, news reporter, bureau chief, business reporter and assistant city editor. From 2002 to2011, he served as the English-language copy editor for the Asahi Weekly, an English-teaching weekly newspaper of the Asahi Shimbun. He now leads a team of six English-native speaking copy editorsin rewriting translations of articles from the vernacular Asahi Shimbun for a Western audience.

Status Change (Associate To Professional/ Journalist Associate)
Katsuyoshi Ozaki, Krey Office

Olga Vlietstra, Servcorp Ltd.
Kiyoshi Aoki, Haruna Beverage Inc.
Toshiyuki Hirooka, Capital International K.K.
Motoaki Ibano, M’s Holding International Corporation
Takeyoshi Komatsu, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Koichi Kamachi, Kamachis Office
Yasuhiro Maehara, The Securities Analysts Association of Japan
Rumi Nakamura, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.
Yoshihiro Orihara, Ebitami LLC
Koichi Seri, Mitsubishi Corporation
Eisuke Shiozaki, Mitsubishi Corporation
Mai Tanaka, No affiliation
Takashi Yoshida, Meiwa Corporation
Morikazu Yamada, Kitanomaru Law Office
Ryojiro Yamamoto, PE&HR Co., Ltd.

Keiichi Yamamura, GIGA Prize Co., Ltd.