Back to Contents of Issue: April 2002

("Success in Small Packages," page 18) is a journalist and author based in Tokyo. He opened a Tokyo bureau for the Financial Times in 1964 and has written for The New York Times, The Economist, Time and Fortune during his 37-year career. He has also written The Life and Death of Yukio Mishima, a biography of the writer, as well as The Kwangju Uprising, an anthology of the 1980 massacre, a turning point in modern Korean history. His most recent project is Entrepreneurial Japan: 100 Dynamic Newly-Listed Companies, published by The Economist in November 2001.

Kyoko Fujimoto
("A Work in Progress," page 4) is a former associate editor at J@pan Inc now freelancing for Nikkei BP Asia BizTech and other publications. She's an avid eater, walker and singer and says she is too realistic to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer, so for now, writing pays the bills. She recently began using rollerblades, and someday hopes to become good enough to actually go somewhere on them.

Michael Thresson
("Broadband Hot Spots," page 22) hails from Chicago and has been a Tokyo-based technology journalist for the past two years. He was a financial services manager for a US IT products distributor before moving to Japan and becoming a writer. His specialties include: wireless technology, financial analysis, finding Western-style toilets in rural areas of Japan (he hopes to produce a definitive work) and creating the ultimate Tokyo bachelor apartment.

Kurt Hanson
("The Xbox Cometh," page 8) is from Alaska. He worked in the movie biz in Hollywood before coming to the Far East. He has lived in Burma as a war reporter (got strafed by a Mig), Korea as a business reporter and now Japan, where he is a marketing agent for Gumby -- he also represents Bela Lugosi's Dracula and Ziggy. Loves martinis, shaken É not stirred. And dreams of someday returning to his job as 007.

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