The Japan Times on Tuesday announced the appointments of four distinguished individuals to The Japan Times Media Advisory Board, a committee of Japan-based experts tasked with advising the newspaper on its content.
The new advisers, whose terms start Friday, will serve for two years.
They are Kiyotaka Akasaka, president of the Foreign Press Center Japan; Azby Brown, an author and authority on Japanese architecture, design and the environment, and the founder and director of the Future Design Institute at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology; Martin Fackler, former Tokyo bureau chief of The New York Times and currently a senior researcher at the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation; and Haruko Satoh, a professor at the Center for the Advancement of Research and Education Exchange, Osaka University and a lecturer at the Osaka School of International Public Policy.
The board will meet once a year to provide feedback to the newsroom.
Since 2012, Akasaka has served as the President of the Foreign Press Center Japan, a nonprofit foundation that provides assistance to foreign journalists.
Akasaka held the position of United Nations undersecretary-general for communications and public information from 2007 to 2012.
Prior to that, he was the deputy secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from 2003 to 2007.
Akasaka served as Japan’s ambassador to the U.N. in 2000 and 2001. He was born in Osaka in 1948.
He graduated from Kyoto University and Cambridge University in the U.K.
Satoh is a professor at the Center for the Advancement of Research and Education Exchange (CAREN), Osaka University, and lecturer at Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).
At OSIPP she runs the Reinventing Japan Project on Peace and Human Security in Asia sponsored by the education ministry together with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities.
She previously worked at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and the Gaiko Forum. She has studied at Mount Holyoke College, Johns Hopkins University SAIS-Bologna Center and Cambridge University. Satoh’s research interests are state theory and nationalism in Japan, and Japan-China relations.
One of her recent publications appears in the compendium “The New Power Puzzle in Asia: Japan, China and India” (co-authored by Arpita Mathur) in “Rise of China and India: Implications for the Asia Pacific,” edited by Amitabh Mattoo and Mallika Joseph.
Brown is a widely published author and authority on Japanese architecture, design and the environment.
As founder and director of the Future Design Institute at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology, he conducts joint research on the neurobiology of the hand and hand-based creativity and communication.
Since 2011, Brown has been a core member of Safecast, a highly successful global volunteer-based organization devoted to developing new technology platforms for crowdsourced environmental monitoring, which embraces open-source and open-data methodologies. He is the lead author of the “Safecast Report” on the consequences of the Fukushima disaster.
Brown has lived in Japan since 1985.
Fackler is journalist in residence and senior researcher at the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, a Tokyo-based think tank.
Over the past two decades, he has worked in Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai for the Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review, Associated Press and Bloomberg News. Most recently, he has written for The New York Times, which he joined in 2005, serving first as business correspondent and then as Tokyo bureau chief from 2009 to 2015.
In 2012, Fackler was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for his and his colleagues’ investigative stories about the Fukushima nuclear crisis. He is also the author (in Japanese) of the best-seller “Credibility Lost: The Crisis in Japanese Newspaper Journalism after Fukushima.”
Fackler has a master’s in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana and a master’s in East Asian history from the University of California, Berkeley.