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Date : June 26 - July 2, 2022

Fellowship Program: NPR Journalist Jackie Northam (US)

post date : 2022.08.08

As part of the 2022-2023 FPCJ Fellowship Program, NPR’s International Affairs Correspondent Ms. Jackie Northam visited Japan from June 26 to July 2. NPR (National Public Radio) is based in Washington, D.C., and distributes programs to over 1,000 public radio stations throughout the US, making it very influential.


In Tokyo, Ms. Northam interviewed government officials and experts on the topics of Japanese-American relations and Japanese security. She also visited Kanazawa, Ishikawa to look at issues in passing skills on to younger generations due to the aging population, and covered how gold leaf production techniques are being passed on. At the end of the program, Ms. Northam commented, “I was able to hear a variety of opinions on each topic, from people such as government officials and experts. In Kanazawa, I was able to visit a factory where gold leaf is made, so it was a very rewarding experience.” 


(Left: The journalist hearing about company initiatives for passing down gold leaf techniques at Hakuichi)

(Right: The journalist speaking with gold leaf craftspeople and trainees working to learn their techniques at Netsuno Seihakusho)



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