James Simms is a Forbes contributor and freelance journalist in Tokyo, former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and former Scripps Journalism Fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is also a regular commentator on Japanese television and radio and former President of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, one of the oldest press clubs in the world, with nearly 2,000 members, including almost 300 journalists.
Feature and interview with the Japanese billionaire founder of Rakuten, Hiroshi Mikitani, on his new cell phone venture. Set to start in October 2019, the $5.5 bet, as the fourth major carrier, could shake up the sector.
Radio interview with PRI's The World regarding the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, including the irresponsible reporting and internet rumors on radiation emissions from the Daiichi plant causing death and damage on the U.S. Pacific coast and how Tokyo Electric Power is dealing with all of the irradiated water produced from cooling the wrecked reactors.
Feature and video for one of Japan's major trading companies, Marubeni, where I wrote the story and planned the video on one of the largest providers of agricultural inputs in the U.S., Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC. Part of a series I helped produce and am currently doing on Marubeni's global portfolio of companies and subsidiaries for both internal communications and external consumption.
Interview for Forbes with the scion and president of Japanese real estate giant Mori Trust, Miwako Date, on her drive to expand the firm's hotel business and plans for up to 1.2 trillion yen in new investment over the next decade.
Short feature for Forbes Asia on the boardroom battle at the popular recipe-sharing site Cookpad, a place where moms and dads can look for their favorite way to make cupcakes, chicken soup or teriyaki beef.
Feature for the Financial Times on what steps Japan is taking to make its buildings and homes more resistant to earthquakes and how tenants, investors and insurers view the seismic countermeasures.
Segment on Japanese TV network BS-TBS, where I toured the wrecked Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant site and described some of the changes over the past five years. It includes rare reporting of one of the reactors at the site that didn't suffer a meltdown and follows the outline that I set out for the segment. (In Japanese)
Profile for Forbes Asia on furniture retailer Otsuka Kagu and its female chief executive Kumiko Otsuka, who was ousted by her father and returned after a high-profile proxy fight.
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