Back to Contents of Issue: June 2003

The Editor's page

by Roland Kelts

Leo Lewis (Game Over?, page 38) is the Toyko business correspondent for The London Times and an economics writer for several finance-based magazines. Before turning to journalism, he worked for SBC Warburg in Tokyo, and then spent several years in the City of London on the equities desk of a major securities house. For three years he wrote as the chief financial reporter for the Independent on Sunday newspaper in London, where he won the PFM Business Journalist of the Year award for breaking the story of European fuel racketeering. His writing interests, apart from the Japanese economy, include oil, drugs and tobacco.

Takehiko Kambayashi (From The Ashes, page 43) is a Tokyo-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Washington Times and The Christian Science Monitor. He studied journalism at the University of Mississippi and authored Mississippi: Contradictions of Life in America (published in Japanese) about his experiences in the deep south of the US, where he was fascinated to discover many similarities to his native Japan. He has held many jobs (butcher, truck driver, English teacher, sommelier and a waiter serving Japan's Prime Ministers and the Imperial family, to name a few) and continues to write about the nexus of business and cultures.

Eamonn Fingleton (Pleading Poverty Pays Off, page 9) is a Tokyo-based economic commentator whose debunking of the boom, In Praise of Hard Industries: Why Manufacturing, Not the Information Economy, Is the Key to Future Prosperity was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1999. A former editor for the Financial Times and Forbes, he wrote several articles in the late 80s predicting Japan's real estate and stock market crashes and the resulting banking debacle. He was the 2001 recipient of the American Values Award of the US Business & Industry Council. His books have been translated into French and Korean.

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