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Paydesk has 37 journalists in Japan. Our journalists can do broadcast reports, as well as printed media and photography.

Our top journalists in Japan are James Simms and Keizo Kay Yamamoto.

Use our journalist directory to find a member to work for you.

We have journalists in Bunkyō-ku, Chiyoda-ku, Chofu, Chuo City, Fukuoka, Inagi, Kyoto, Osaka, Ōsaka-shi, Setagaya City, Shibuya City, Shinagawa City, Shinjuku-ku, Suginami City, Tokyo and Yamaguchi-shi.

Journalists in Japan



James Simms

Setagaya City, Japan
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 Read moreCorrespondents' Club of Japan. In 2021, the University of Pennsylvania Press published the chapter he wrote entitled "The Road to Fukushima: A US-Japan History" in the edited volume "Legacies of Fukushima: 3.11 in Context."
Languages
English Japanese
Services
Feature Stories Content Writing Corporate Content
+9
Skills
Climate Change Politics Business
+13

Keizo Kay Yamamoto

Shibuya City, Japan
K. K. Yam (Keizo Kay Yamamoto) is a tranquil rover and slow writer, who marks monologues, dialogues, and travelogues in the cloud.

He is also an independent English-Japanese content editor, interviewer, translator, subtitler, and video editor. He has been working for many media content Read moreproduction projects in Japan and other parts of the world since 2006, at his own digital media sole proprietorship Bluish Media. Before 2006, he worked for three US and UK headquartered global airlines in the airport and marketing offices.

A native of Japanese with a command of English and other languages, who studied Video Journalism, Information Science, and Management at universities and a graduate school in the U.S. and Japan.

Having lived and worked in Japan, the U.S., and Thailand (plus the U.K. and Hong Kong briefly), he has set foot at more than 600 airports in over 85 countries on 5 continents by flying 100+ different airlines since the late 20th century. Currently multi-based in Tokyo and Sapporo.

An English/Japanese filming/interviewing fixer across Japan.

A user of XTM, Wordfast, memoQ, and other translation management systems. 

A Vimeo Expert as a cinematographer.

Free to travel.

Business website and profile: 
https://bluishmedia.com
https://bluishmedia.com/editor
https://www.linkedin.com/in/keizo-yamamoto-990132210/
Languages
English Japanese
Services
News Gathering Feature Stories Content Writing
+5

Hama Kato

Fukuoka, Japan
Hama Kato is a journalist based in Fukuoka, Japan.
Languages
Arabic English Japanese
Services
Journalism
Skills
Food & Drink Politics Sports
+3

Gavin Blair

Shinjuku-ku, Japan
Experienced Japan-based journalist, work in print, radio and TV. Have reported on a wide range of topics for media around the world.
Languages
English Japanese
Services
Interview (Video / Broadcast) Feature Stories Corporate Content
+7
Skills
Fact Checking

Carl Freire

Suginami City, Japan
Carl Freire is a writer, translator (J>E), and editor based in Tokyo. He has worked as a trade magazine journalist in Osaka and for the Associated Press in Tokyo. While he is focused primarily on his work as a translator, he has continued to write, with work appearing in the Japan Times and other Read moreoutlets. His book translations include Koizumi and Japanese Politics (Routledge/University of Tokyo, 2010), One Hundred Fifty Years of Japanese Foreign Relations (JPIC, 2022), and International Politics and the Search for Peace (JPIC, 2023), among others.
Languages
English Japanese
Services
Feature Stories Content Writing Research
+3
Skills
Music Investigative Reporting Social
+6

Chris Page

Osaka, Japan
Chris Page is a journalist based in Ōsaka-shi, Japan. Writing on a broad range of topics, such as current affairs, culture, society, literature, travel, and film, I have contributed to the BBC World Service, CBC (Canada) TV News 1, The Japan Times, Time Out Kyoto City Guide, The London News Review, Read moreKansai Scene, Tokyo Scene, The Gloucester Citizen, Kansai Time Out and various independent publications and websites. I have written commercial copy for many clients, including Sony and Thai Airways.
I am an experience editor and sub, with basic skills in graphics, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and illustration.
I have also published four books of fiction.
Languages
English
Services
Interview (Video / Broadcast) Vox Pop News Gathering
+8
Skills
Fact Checking

Irene Herrera

Bunkyō-ku, Japan
Irene Herrera, PhD(c) is a Cuban-Venezuelan documentary filmmaker and journalist based in between Tokyo and Miami. Among her non-fiction works are Kodo wa Awaseba (Gran Prix Expo Aichi Film Fest); Gaijin no Honne (2004); You Can Call Me Nikkie (2008); Women in Refugee: Stories from a Border (2009); Read moreCrossing Hispaniola (2010); Spirits to Enlightenment (2012-HotDocs) and Cracked Foundations a 28-minute documentary broadcasted on NHK World this year.  Irene has also been an active producer and director for the Lebanon and Japan chapters of the Global Lives Project. In 2008 she was a fellow at the Flaherty Film Seminar and in 2009 a Resident Professional at the Knight Center for International Media.  Her journalistic work has been published by The Japan Times, AFP, Al Jazeera Plus, CNNE, Globovision, MSNBC.com, Discovery Digital, NHK World, LinkTV, Center for Investigative Reporting and PBS Newshour. She has traveled to over 60 countries and gets by in 5 languages.

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Languages
English Spanish French
+2
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+6
Skills
Arts & Books Current Affairs Politics
+2

Niclas Ericsson

Chuo City, Japan
Niclas Ericsson is a journalist based in central Tokyo, Japan. He has lived in Japan since 2005 and worked with both still photography and video for over two decades and has filmed numerous interviews and stories all over Japan. He also offers support to foreign visiting crews, organizing Read moretransportation and local crew recruitment.
Languages
English Japanese Swedish
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+8
Skills
Health & Fitness Fact Checking Arts & Books
+18

Christopher Jue

Chuo City, Japan
Christopher Jue is a photo editor/photographer in Tokyo, Japan. 15 years photography experience in corporate photography and photojournalism. Currently freelance for Getty Images, European Pressphoto Agency, Associated Press, and Xinhua News Agency.
Languages
English
Services
Photography
Skills
Current Affairs Business Entertainment & Celebrity
+12

Ching Li Tor

Bunkyō-ku, Japan
Ching Li is a versatile journalist who has been in the media for over 14-years, working across various mediums from newsprint, newswires, magazine and book publishing, TV broadcast news presenting and current affairs program producing. She has bylines in the Wall Street Asia Journal, Dow Jones Read moreNewswires, Barron's, online travel site CNN Travel, NHK World, the Straits Times Singapore and Channel NewsAsia, covering everything from business, politics to lifestyle and travel features.
Languages
English Japanese Chinese (Mandarin)
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Vox Pop
+8
Skills
Politics Business Fact Checking
+4

Androniki Christodoulou

Chuo City, Japan
Androniki Christodoulou is a photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. 
With many years experience photographing for international magazines and newspapers such as The Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, etc.. Available for assignments in Greece and Japan. I shoot mainly photos Read morebut I can also shoot video (with mirrorless camera, gimbal, drone, etc.). My work varies from documentary style and photojournalism to environmental or studio portraits. My portfolio plus full CV can be viewed at www.androniki.com
Languages
Greek English Japanese
Services
Photography Interview
Skills
Natural Disasters Business Cultural
+2

Stephen Ross

Shibuya City, Japan
Stephen ROSS is a journalist based in Tokyo, Japan.
Languages
English
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+5
Skills
Technology Fact Checking

Deby Sucha

Shinjuku-ku, Japan
I am an independent female documentary photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. Remotely work between my home country Indonesia and Japan. Accepting assignments worldwide.

My focus is human rights, gender issue, ethnic and culture.

Currently working as a contract photographer / videographer for Read morevarious leading medias and brands.

Portfolio : www.suchadeby.com
Languages
English Indonesian Japanese
Services
Photography
Skills
Food & Drink Current Affairs Cultural
+4

Julia Kim

Chuo City, Japan
Julia Kim is a journalist based in Chuo City, Japan.

John Matthews

Bunkyō-ku, Japan
Hey all. 
I'm a Japanese-English bilingual independent journalist out of Tokyo, Japan. If you're based in America and you're tuned into public radio, you'll often hear my spots from Japan on NPR's newscasts. Aside from that, I hold regular agreements with clients like Reuters for audio and video Read morework, both live and pre-recorded/pre-filed. I also appear on Japanese television outlets as a sort of bilingual culture bridge.

I'm available for on-the-ground fixing and news production in any area of Japan. Visiting teams needing a coordinator will get top-notch service before they even get to the airport.
In front or behind the mic/camera, I'm perfectly comfortable (in both Japanese and English).
I'm also equipped with audio and video gear for most any occasion.

One last thing - although I don't cut my labor rates, I am intensely budget-minded and generally know where to find the good areas to cut here in Japan.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Languages
English Japanese
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+8
Skills
Sports Current Affairs Technology
+10

Nithin Coca

Kyoto, Japan
Nithin Coca is a freelance journalist who focuses on social and economic issues in developing countries, and has specific expertise in Southeast Asia. He is based partly in San Francisco, CA, Kyoto, Japan, and Jakarta, Indonesia.

Coca's feature and news pieces have appeared in global media Read moreoutlets including Al Jazeera, Quartz, Forbes Asia, SciDev.Net, Southeast Asia Globe, The Diplomat, Vice and numerous regional publications in Asia and the United States. Coca is actively looking for new opportunities
Languages
English French Indonesian
Services
Feature Stories Content Writing Research
+3
Skills
Natural Disasters Current Affairs Cultural
+7

Julian Ryall

Shinjuku-ku, Japan
Julian Ryall is a journalist based in Tokyo, Japan.
Languages
English
Services
Feature Stories Corporate Content Research
+2
Skills
Fact Checking

Mayumi Watanabe

Chofu, Japan
Mayumi Watanabe is a journalist based in Chofu, Japan. She is fully bi-lingual in English and Japanese. 
She has 15-years metals commodity coverage as a senior editor at Platts. Her coverage area extends throughout rare to base metals and had addressed their market price trends, fundamentals, Read moresupply issues, tariff and other political issues affecting markets.
Languages
Japanese
Services
Research Fact Checking
Skills
Fact Checking

Yuzuha Oka

Bunkyō-ku, Japan
Yuzuha Oka is a business/tech journalist based in Tokyo. Her current beat is climate and she co-hosts a weekly podcast on climate and business. 

She has contributed to BBC, Reuters, ABC, the Japan Times, Sydney Morning Herald among others. She has professional experience in radio, online, print, Read moreand video. 

She is fluent in English and Japanese. She is passionate about understanding human behavior and especially loves audio storytelling.
Languages
English Japanese Korean
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+10
Skills
Cultural Climate Change Business
+3

Chester Mbekela

Bunkyō-ku, Japan
Chester Mbekela is a journalist based in Tokyo, Japan.
Languages
Afrikaans English French
+2
Services
Interview (Video / Broadcast) Content Writing Research
+1
Skills
Technology Cultural Fact Checking
+3

Hiromi Tanoue

Chuo City, Japan
Hiromi Tanoue is a freelance video journalist, currently resides in Osaka, Japan. She's capable of producing video package from initial research to filming and editing as one-man band. She's available for any assignments including fixing and news production both inside and outside of Japan. Her Read morereporting published at international media such as Reuters, AFP, Al Jazeera Plus, BBC Radio, and etc. She used to work as a full-time video journalist at AFPBB News, Japanese news website affiliated to AFP. Japanese Native and fluent in English.

Portfolio : www.hiromitanoue.com
Languages
English Japanese
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+10
Skills
Research Cultural Fact Checking
+11

Paulomi Barman

Chuo City, Japan
Paulomi Barman is a journalist based in Tokyo Prefecture, Japan.
She has been working for the Indian News Media for the past 4 years and has recently shifted to Tokyo ( 2019 ). During her work experience in India, she has worked with emminent journalists like Rajdeep Sardesai, Rahul Kanwal, Read moreproducing and researching for their shows. She has worked on some major events like 2019 Indian Elections, Indian Budget etc.
While in Tokyo, she has given Live News reports as a Freelancer to CNBC-TV18, India Today and BILD( Germany ).

Linked-IN Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulomi-barman-21772277/
Languages
Bengali English Hindi
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) News Gathering Content Writing
+4
Skills
Breaking News Current Affairs Travel
+3

Erin Efrus

Bunkyō-ku, Japan
Erin is a journalist based in Tokyo, Japan. She writes in variety of styles an on variety of topics for printed, online and broadcast media worldwide.  

She is specializing in setting up and conduction exclusive interviewed with a variety of sought after A-list celebrities, politicians, CEOs and Read moreother professionals, as well as doing war/disaster coverage for newspapers (Tohoku earthquake, for a major Russian-language newspaper called Vesti) and writing witty pieces on traveling, family, fashion, trends, etc. 

She has conducted interviews/written articles and/or acted as a "fixer" for members of the Johnny's Entertainment (a famous boy-band production company, known for their dislike to media outside their own cycle), GACKT (Japan's top rock singer), Saito Takumi (a known actor in Japan),  VITAS (a famous Russian singer), Backstreet Boys, Ne-Yo, Tom Cruise, etc. 

Erin works for printed media, online media and TV/films. She can take professional photographs and videos. 

More of Erin's published works are available upon request.
Languages
English Japanese Russian
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+13
Skills
Current Affairs Fact Checking Finance
+6
Book

Tim Maughan

Ōsaka-shi, Japan
I am a British freelance journalist, National Council of Journalists trained. I was a local reporter, and then a features writer and business editor at Reed Elsevier for nine years. In Japan, my feature specialities are the business, manufacturing, management, maritime, motorcycling, and industrial Read moresectors. I provide highly detailed features, where understanding the nuts and bolts of the story is vital for discerning readerships.
Languages
English
Services
Feature Stories Fact Checking
Skills
Fact Checking Business

Ali Noorani

Shinagawa City, Japan
Ali Noorani is currently a broadcast Specialist at NHKWorld Japan. 
Before, he was Agence France-Presse’s former correspondent in Tehran, where he covered a wide range of topics on the country. He has appeared on networks like France24 English, DW English, NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera English, etc. Read morethrough video, audio and text. 
He is also a certified English-Persian translator in Iran.
Languages
English Persian (Farsi)
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Content Writing
+5
Skills
Film & Theatre Social Fact Checking
+4
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