The Japan Times announced Thursday that it has established The Japan Times Media Advisory Board, appointing four distinguished individuals living in Japan to improve the quality of the newspaper and its reportage.
The advisory board members, whose terms start Friday and will continue for two years, will monitor the newspaper’s reporting and provide feedback to the newsroom.
The board members are John Einarsen, editor of Kyoto Journal; Ichiro Fujisaki, former ambassador to the United States; Lin Kobayashi, co-founder of International School of Asia Karuizawa, in Nagano Prefecture; and William H. Saito, president of InTecur.
The board will meet twice a year to discuss:
- Overall news reporting by The Japan Times
- What kind of reporting should be done by The Japan Times following the tie-up with The International New York Times that started on Oct. 16.
- What kind of Japan-related news should be covered in this digital and borderless age.
The content of the discussions will be reported in The Japan Times.
Einarsen is the founding editor and art director of Kyoto Journal, a nonprofit, all-volunteer magazine that has been in publication for the past 26 years.
Einarsen first came to Japan on a U.S. Navy minesweeper at the end of the Vietnam War. After studying art and photography in Colorado, he returned to Japan and eventually settled in Kyoto.
He has designed several books, including “Japanese Garden Design,” a Japanese edition of “The Art of Setting Stones,” an English translation of the gardening classic “The Sakuteiki,” and “Doctor Stories from the Island Journals of the Legendary Dr. Koto.”
In 2008, with Masumi Ishihara, Einarsen curated PeaceWorks, an exhibition that explored “peace photography,” featuring 38 photographers from 11 countries. A book of his photographs with poems by Edith Shiffert, “Kyoto: The Forest Within the Gate,” will be published this fall.
He received the Cultural Affairs Agency Commissioner’s Award in June.
Fujisaki, Japan’s ambassador to the U.S. from 2008 to 2012, is now a professor at Sophia University and a visiting professor at Keio University.
He entered the Foreign Ministry in 1969 and was posted to Jakarta, Paris and London.
In 1994, Fujisaki became deputy director general for Asian affairs. In 1995, he was named political minister at the embassy in Washington and in 1999 he became director general for North American affairs.
Fujisaki became deputy foreign minister, one of Japan’s top posts for a career diplomat, in 2002. He also served as ambassador to the United Nations and World Trade Organization in Geneva between 2005 and 2008.
During his ambassadorship to the U.S., he had to deal with major events such as the Great East Japan Earthquake and President Barack Obama’s re-election.
In July, he became president of America-Japan Society, Inc., one of the first groups to develop friendly relations between the two nations during World War I, when ties were tense.
Kobayashi is a co-founder and chairwoman of the board at International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK), a residential high school that will open in Nagano Prefecture in 2014. ISAK aims to bring together top students from around the world and develop leaders eager to work for positive change in their countries and communities.
Kobayashi’s passion for education began during her studies at a residential high school in Canada. Before returning to Tokyo in 2008 to launch the ISAK project, she spent two years with UNICEF in the Philippines, working on nonformal education projects for street children.
She holds an M.A. in international education policy analysis from Stanford University and a B.A. in development economics from the University of Tokyo.
Kobayashi was named a “Young Global Leader 2012” by the World Economic Forum and was selected as a “Changemaker of the Year 2013” by Nikkei Business.
William H. Saito
Saito is the founder of InTecur, a venture capital consultancy.
Named by Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan,” Saito is an authority on encryption, biometric authentication and cybersecurity. In 2004 he sold his first company to Microsoft, moved to Tokyo, and founded InTecur.
After the disasters of March 11, 2011, Saito was named chief technology officer of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. In 2012, he was appointed to a council on national strategy that reported directly to the prime minister.
He is active in the World Economic Forum as a Foundation Board Member, a Young Global Leader and a Global Agenda Council member. Saito advises several national governments. In Japan, he has worked with several ministries and agencies.
A popular lecturer at various universities, he frequently appears on TV, sits on the boards of several companies and is the author of numerous publications.
Updated Jan. 5, 2018: Late last year William H. Saito admitted to misrepresenting his career history and resigned from his posts as adviser to the industry ministry, the Cabinet Office and as executive officer at Japan Airlines Co. In a blog post dated Dec. 21, Saito said he did not graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, and did not receive a medical license, as he previously claimed. He also said his claim to selling the technology company he founded in the United States to Microsoft Corp. was inaccurate, claiming the company sold its patent, intellectual property and technical information to Microsoft and transferred its employees to the IT giant.