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Date : November 25 - December 1, 2018

Fellowship Program: USA, The Boston Globe, Mr. Alan Eric Wirzbicki, Senior Editorial Writer

post date : 2018.12.03

As part of the 2018-2019 FPCJ Fellowship Program, Mr. Alan Eric Wirzbicki, Senior Editorial Writer of The Boston Globe, visited Japan from November 25 to December 1.

The Boston Globe is the largest newspaper in New England, a region made up of 6 states including Massachusetts, where Boston is located. It was founded in 1872. Circulation is 150,000 print copies daily, and 260,000 print copies on Sunday. The Boston Globe has won the Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious award in journalism in the US, 26 times.


This was Mr. Wirzbicki’s first visit to Japan, and he covered the TPP, especially how the US withdrawal from the TPP will affect Japan and other TPP11 countries, and the progress of the RCEP and the US-Japan FTA.

He interviewed government ministry officials, university professors, the former Japanese Ambassador to the US, an analyst, a journalist and an economist.

Also, on the topic of how the TPP will affect Japanese companies, he spoke with a representative of the Keidanren and JETRO.



     Left) Interviewing Mr. Takaaki ASANO, Senior Analyst of Sumitomo Corporation Global Research Co. Ltd.

       Right) Speaking with Mr.Toshiya TSUGAMI, an expert on modern China, about TPP, China, and more.


During the latter half of the week, he visited Kamakura, including sites such as

Houkokuji Temple, well known for its bamboo garden, and Kotokuin Temple.  



     In front of the Buddha Statue at Kotokuin Temple


*Articles written based on this fellowship program will run in The Boston Globe.

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