I cut my journalistic teeth at Reuters in Tokyo, where I worked from early 2012 to late 2014. During that time I mostly covered Japan’s biggest technology firms, writing about Sony’s struggle to become profitable in electronics, Toshiba’s bid to grow its nuclear business, and Panasonic’s transformation into a B2B company. I also took on cow wearables and other advances in high-tech farming, the role of deregulation in Japan’s robotics revolution, and the perennial hope that the smart home and fridges that text you at work will be the next big thing.
In addition to tech, I also dug deep into the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear clean-up, broke news on the bitcoin scandal at Mt. Gox, covered the Latin American contingent in Spanish at an IMF summit, and penned a wide range of cultural articles, from the rise of Japanese whisky to inappropriate brand names, Japan’s antiquated dancing ban and the country’s answer to Banksy.
Most of my interviews and research were conducted in Japanese.
A selection of my feature articles at Reuters:
Special Report: Help wanted in Fukushima: Low pay, high risks and gangsters (additional reporting)