Marking the 30th anniversary of its founding, a group of freelance journalists shared its news gathering experiences at a symposium in Tokyo on Saturday.

"We have followed what mainstream media do not report," said Akihiro Nonaka, founder of Asia Press International. "We have sought to conduct journalism differently from major news organizations, so we could achieve our role of ensuring development of democracy."

Independent journalists not only from Japan and but other Asian nations, including the Philippines and South Korea, have joined Asia Press.