Back to Contents of Issue: March 2003

- Stefan Whitwell (Searching for the Bottom) is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation from the AIMR. He is managing director of American Property Consultants, Ltd., a Japanese kabushiki-gaisha that has invested over $250 million in apartment, office and retail commercial real estate in both the United States and Japan. He is also founder of Tierra Capital, L.P., a U.S. real estate investment boutique that focuses on buying real estate assets from financially distressed sellers. APC and Tierra Capital focus on segments of the property market that offer reduced risk and steady returns. Stefan is married, has one daughter, is working on a second, and splits his time between the United States and Japan.

- Gregory Clark (So Much for Conventional Wisdom) is head of the Research Japan Office, honorary president of Tama University and a commentator on international and economic affairs. Born in Cambridge in the UK but of Australian citizenry, Clark has been a diplomat, journalist, economist and professor in his long career in Asia and has been a regular columnist since 1980 variously for the International Herald Tribune, Nikkei Business, Nikkei Weekly, Mainichi Daily, Toyo Keizai, Tokyo Business Today and The Japan Times. He's also a regular contributor to J@pan Inc. His last piece, The Koizumi Cabinet: Sheep to the Slaughter, appeared in January.

- Robert Juppe (Cards on the Table) came to Japan, as many, to teach English, but as something lower than an English teacher -- an English teaching assistant. Unlike some writers who cover up their embarrassing classroom origins in order to look ostensibly cosmopolitan, Bob is open about it. Also, he is still doing it, although he is no longer the assistant. In this respect, he feels that he "has moved up ... a bit." During the course of his career in Japan, he has served as editor for a poorly circulated magazine that went bankrupt, written extensively for magazines nobody reads and just published two books whose runs of 3,000 respectively testify to the companies' outlook on prospective sales -- basically, dismal to nil. Like a perky waitress in Hollywood, however, he remains upbeat. This is his first piece for J@pan Inc.

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