JONATHAN DEHART currently serves as an editor and content manager for Mergermarket, a global M&A newswire, and writes freelance about culture and social trends around Asia. He has been a journalist for both print and online media in Shanghai, and served as a Tokyo-based associate editor for The Diplomat, a webzine focused on the current affairs, society and culture of the Asia-Pacific. He continues to serve as a correspondent for The Diplomat, among other publications. He also interprets social and cultural trends in Asia for leading behavioral insights and cultural consulting agencies.

ABIGAIL LEONARD is a freelance, Tokyo-based journalist. She earned a master’s degree in Science and Environmental Reporting from NYU and a bachelor’s degree, with departmental honors, from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked as a staff producer for PBS, CNN, ABC and Al Jazeera America. She was also a writer for two news analysis programs: “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” and “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm.” Her stories on Japan and the U.S. have appeared in print publications including the Washington Post, Newsweek, Popular Science, Vox, the New York Daily News and Newsday and her radio stories have run on the BBC. Stories she’s worked on have earned an Overseas Press Club Award, an Emmy Award and an Excellence in Health Care Journalism Award. She also received an East-West Center Fellowship to Japan and the UN Foundation Journalism Fellowship.

Florian Kohlbacher,
Economist Group
Shirley Yung, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office
Kazunori Azeyanagi,
Dentsu Public
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Taro Tokuoka, Solid Corporation


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