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[APYLPxALFP Joint Session]
Journalism in Asia: Searching for the Truth


  • Speakers:
    Kunda Dixit (Editor and Publisher, Nepali Times)
    Saba Naqvi (Independent Journalist)
    Kong Rithdee (Editor, Bangkok Post)
  • Moderator:
    Mizuno Takaaki (former NY Bureau Chief, Asahi Shimbun)
  • Date:
    Sunday, October 14, 2018
    [Part I] 1:00-3:00 pm (open to the public)
    [Part II] 3:00-6:00 pm (fellows of participating programs ONLY)
  • Venue:
    Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
  • Co-organized by:
    Japan Foundation Asia Center
  • Supported by:
    United States-Japan Foundation, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd., MRA Foundation
  • Language:
    [Part I] English & Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
    [Part II] English without interpretation
  • Admission:
    Free
  • Participating Programs:
    Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP), Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative, Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program, Atsumi Scholarship Program, Japan-India Distinguished Visitors Program, Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program, Next Generation Fellows Program (AFIHJ), Nitobe Leadership Program, United States-Japan Leadership Program (USJLP)
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  • Seating:       
    Registration required (120 for part I / 60 for part II)
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This APYLP Joint Session series provides a platform for participants in various Asian Pacific leadership programs organized by partner institutions to gather together to engage in discussions on common issues pertinent to the region. The title of the first session is “Journalism in Asia: Searching for the Truth,” and three journalists from the Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP) will be invited to discuss the current condition of the media in Asia and the challenges facing journalism today across the world with their own fresh perspectives. The second part will be a closed-door session consisting of group discussions for the fellows to enhance dialogue and enrich networks, followed by an informal gathering. We the organizers hope that through this session, participants will deepen their mutual understanding and envision a common future of the world.
Kunda Dixit (Editor and Publisher, Nepali Times)
After graduating from Columbia University, Mr. Dixit started his career in journalism with BBC Radio in New York. He later served as the Asia-Pacific Director of the Inter Press Service and established Panos Institute South Asia. He is now editor and publisher of the Nepali Times in Kathmandu, as well as the author of Dateline Earth: Journalism As If the Planet Mattered and a trilogy of books on the Nepal conflict. His media company Himalmedia, which publishes three periodicals including the Nepali Times, is known for its credibility and professionalism, reaching out to readers in over 30 countries.
Saba Naqvi (Independent Journalist)
One of India’s best-known political analysts, Ms. Naqvi is the author of three books. Her first book In Good Faith (Rupa Publications India, 2012) explores India’s pluralistic traditions in an age of identity politics, while her second book Capital Conquest (Hachette, 2015) examines the sudden rise of the citizen’s party AAP. Her most recent book Shades of Saffron: From Vajpayee to Modi (Westland, 2018) tells the story from the BJP’s founding in 1980 to its two stints in power. All three books have been widely reviewed across India. The former political editor of Outlook magazine, Ms. Naqvi is now a columnist and a familiar face on television as an election analyst and commentator.
Kong Rithdee (Editor, Bangkok Post)
Mr. Rithdee is a film critic and editor of the Arts & Culture section of the Bangkok Post. Having written about arts and culture for over two decades, he believes that writing on movies and art shall help people to understand the state of the world by way of creating a constructive dialogue between artists and viewers. Meanwhile, he has co-directed three feature documentaries on the Muslim minority in Thailand. His second film, The Convert, was screened at film festivals in Vancouver, Bangkok, Taiwan, Singapore, Jakarta and Yamagata in Japan. He is interested in the politics of moving images at a time when the world is saturated with visual information, and he is particularly eager to explore new possibilities since he straddles the role of a print journalist at a time when newspapers are believed to be on the way out.
Mizuno Takaaki (Professor, Kanda University of International Studies / former NY Bureau Chief, Asahi Shimbun)
Professor Mizuno teaches journalism and Asian international politics at Kanda University of International Studies. Prior to his current position, he worked for the Asahi Shimbun for over 30 years, during which he served as a correspondent with the Hanoi Bureau, Vietnam (1992–1994), as well as with the Washington D.C. Bureau (during the Clinton years), and chief of the New York Bureau. In 2007, he became a member of the Asahi Shimbun’s editorial board. Professor Mizuno has a B.A. in law from the University of Tokyo and an M.A. from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Since 2013, he has served as an advisory committee member of the Asia Leadership Fellow Program.

◆ Program Schedule (tentative) ◆

Part I
(open to the public)
1:00–1:20 pm    Introduction
1:20–1:25 pm    Opening Remarks
1:25–1:40 pm    Presentation 1 by Kunda Dixit
1:40–1:55 pm    Presentation 2 by Kong Rithdee
1:55–2:10 pm    Presentation 3 by Saba Naqvi
2:10–2:25 pm    Panel Discussion
2:25–2:55 pm    Q&A
2:55–3:00 pm    Wrap-up
3:00–3:15 pm    Coffee Break
Part II
(for fellows ONLY)
3:15–4:15 pm    Group Discussion
4:15–5:00 pm    Group Presentation
5:00–6:00 pm    Informal Gathering / Networking