As part of its 100th anniversary, The Japan Times, together with the Japan Foundation, will present an Asian English-Language Newspaper Editors’ Conference in Tokyo on April 23. The focus will be on the newspapers’ roles to report about Asia from Asian viewpoints and to promote understanding of Asia worldwide.

The participating editors will represent the Bangkok Post (Thailand), The Straits Times (Singapore), The Korea Herald (South Korea), the China Daily and the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), as well as The Japan Times. They include Pichai Chuensuksawadi, Editor, Bangkok Post; Leslie Fong, Editor, The Straits Times; Min Byung-il, Executive Director & Editor, The Korea Herald; and Liu Dizhong, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, China Daily.

The editors will discuss common problems their daily newspapers face in striving to inform their readers and provide them with Asian viewpoints. The symposium will be held at the Japan Foundation International Conference Hall at Ark Hills from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Simultaneous interpretation in English and Japanese will be provided.

Also, on April 14, a lecture titled “The Japan Times in the English-language press history of Japan” will be presented jointly with the Asiatic Society of Japan. Professor Peter O’Connor will speak at the lecture meeting, to be held at the Japan Times-Nifco Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The lecture will be given in English. Both events are open to interested readers and journalists. Details for applying to attend the symposium and the lecture will be announced soon.

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