James Simms: Freelance Journalist Profile
James Simms

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GRNlive English to Africa Service, Voice of America

James Simms

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.


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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.


Researched and wrote about half of the 50 profiles for Forbes' Japan Rich List (called the Forbes' Billionaires List in other countries), including the founding family of Suntory Holdings, and calculated their net worth based on reporting and publicly available information.


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.


Feature for the Financial Times on Japan's renewable energy drive after the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident and reasons why it is faltering.

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