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Date : July 31 - August 5, 2023

Fellowship Program: Los Angeles Times Journalist Stephanie Yang (US)

post date : 2023.09.25

As part of the 2023-2024 FPCJ Fellowship Program, Ms. Stephanie Yang, China correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, visited Japan from July 30 to August 5. The Los Angeles Times, founded in 1881, has won numerous Pulitzer Prizes and is the largest daily newspaper on the West Coast. It is influential, with a wide-ranging readership.


Ms. Yang covered two topics during her visit to Japan: the fishing industry and climate change, and initiatives to increase the birth rate. In Tokyo, she spoke with government officials and experts on these topics. She later visited Shizuoka and Okayama, interviewing producers of oysters, clams, and seaweed and covering initiatives in Nagi, Okayama, known for its support programs for raising children and with a birth rate of 2.95 in 2019.


After the program, Ms. Yang commented, “I appreciated being able to meet with people in the fishing industry and see what conditions for aquaculture are like. Being able to interview residents raising children in Nagi was also very valuable. Along with the interviews with government officials, it helped give me an understanding of the country’s policies and frameworks.”




Speaking with an oyster farmer at Lake Hamana


*Reporting based on this fellowship

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