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Reporting the world in Japan and the UK, with Aiko Doden and John Simpson

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In our webinar on 29 September 2020, we were delighted to welcome NHK’s Aiko Doden and John Simpson of the BBC, who joined Japan Society Chairman, Bill Emmott, to discuss how our countries’ media’s approaches to foreign news and foreign correspondents is evolving.
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The death of the foreign correspondent has often been announced, thanks to budget cuts, the proliferation of internet news and citizen journalism, and competitive pressure especially on broadcast media to serve domestic audiences. NHK World and BBC World often seem as if they are on different wavelengths to their domestic parents. And yet all such obituaries have proved premature, as the resonance of recent events in Hong Kong and Belarus have proven. What is the future of foreign reporting, especially the in-person sort, and how is the approach to foreign news of NHK and the BBC evolving?


Aiko Doden is a Special Affairs Commentator with NHK World where she presents Newsline In Depth reporting news from Japan, Asia, and the rest of the world. She is an expert on South East Asia and was previously stationed in NHK's Bangkok bureau, where she reported on ASEAN with a focus on Myanmar. She comments on SDG issues, particularly sustainable growth, gender equality and education. She has anchored key news programmes including “NHK News at 9 PM” “NHK World Network” and “NHK Asian Voices”. She spent 6 years living in London as a child.


John Simpson joined the BBC in 1966 and is the Corporation’s most senior news broadcaster. During his award-winning career, he has reported from 140 countries and interviewed about 200 world leaders, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Colonel Gadaffi, Nelson Mandela, and Robert Mugabe. He has become one of the most respected figures in international journalism, and has reported on many of the world’s most historic moments including the Iranian revolution, the Tiananmen Square massacre, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of apartheid in South Africa, as well as wars on four continents. His most recent non-fiction book was “We Chose to Speak of War and Strife: The World of the Foreign Correspondent.” (Bloomsbury, 2016)

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