MY RECENT STORIES FOR THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, WHERE I WORK AS A REPORTER AND SOMETIMES ALSO DO PHOTOS AND VIDEO
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My AP Story Dec. 14, 2019 with My AP Photos about how cries of abuse in the Catholic Church are starting to be heard in Japan.
My AP Story Dec. 19, 2019 on Toyota’s upgraded humanoid robot.
My AP Story Dec. 8, 2019 on historical documents showing Japan’s role in WWII sex slaves.
My AP Story Nov. 25, 2019 on Iwao Hakamada, a former boxer who spent 48 years in prison for murders he says he didn’t commit, taking part in Pope Francis’ Mass at the Tokyo Dome.
In this photo provided by Mario Marazziti, Iwao Hakamada sits in his seat at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo as he waits for Pope Frances’ Holy Mass on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Hakamada, a former Japanese professional boxer who spent 48 years in prison for murders he says he did not commit was among some 50,000 people greeting Pope Francis as he entered Tokyo Dome stadium to celebrate Mass on Monday. (Mario Marazziti/Giovanna Ayako via AP)
My AP Story Oct. 28, 2019 on Japanese film director Nobuhiko Obayashi, I also did AP Photos.
My AP Story Nov. 19, 2019 on Toyota worker’s suicide ruled work-related after harassment.
My AP Story Oct. 9, 2019 on a Court hearing a case on paternity leave at a Japanese brokerage.
My AP Story Sept. 9, 2019 with My AP Photo on paternity harassment lawsuits in Japan highlighting plight of dads.
My AP Story Sept. 12, 2019 on the Asics case opening.
My AP Story Oct. 12, 2019 on the typhoon that hit Tokyo and surrounding areas.
My AP Story Oct. 15, 2019 on how Japan had not been prepared for the typhoon in a new era of climate change.
My AP Story Oct. 13, 2019 the day after the typhoon on the flooding and rescue efforts.
My AP Story Oct. 14, 2019, on the continued search for missing people.
Contributor to this AP Story Dec. 5, 2019, about a Japanese doctor killed in a shooting in Afghanistan.
My Story Dec. 8, 2019, on his body coming home.
My AP Story Sept. 12, 2019 about Yahoo Japan making a tender offer for retailer Zozo at $3.7 billion.
My AP Story Aug. 5, 2019 on Japan’s NEC showing its “flying car.”
It flew substantially longer than another flying car from Japan demonstrated in 2017:
My AP Story Sept. 13, 2019 on Pope Francis’ visit to Japan and Thailand set for November.
My AP Story Aug. 19, 2019 on the history behind the worsening ties between South Korea and Japan, a collaboration with my Seoul colleague Kim Tong Hyung.
My AP Story Aug. 21, 2019 on the US Marines chief being worried about deteriorating Japan-Korea ties with My AP Photos.
My AP Story June 5, 2019 on how in #MeToo era a Japanese woman slams #KuToo heels dress code.
My AP Story Aug. 20, 2019, on documents showing Japan’s wartime emperor had deep regrets.
My AP Story July 22, 2019 on Olympic robots.
My AP Story May 25, 2019 on how trade is a big issue during President Donald Trump’s state visit, but the deficit problem is worse with neighboring China.
My AP Story July 1, 2019, co-bylined with my colleague in Seoul Hyung-jin Kim, on Japan’s restrictions on exports to South Korea.
My AP Story May 21, 2019 on how Trump’s checking out sumo during his state visit is proving a head-ache.
My AP Story April 1, 2019 on Toyota’s robot that can’t slam dunk but shoots mean 3-pointer.
My AP Story and My AP Photos May 13, 2019 on the U.S. Agriculture Secretary’s barbecue to sell Japan on buying American beef.
My AP Story May 17, 2019 on a court case looking at the legality of Taiji dolphin killing, made famous in the Oscar-winning film “The Cove.”
My AP Story May 29, 2019 about Japan’s aid to Bangladesh during leader’s visit.
My coverage of Carlos Ghosn
My AP Story Dec. 31, 2019 on how Ghosn says he is in Lebanon and left Japan because of “injustice.”
My AP Story Nov. 22, 2019 on a court allowing Carlos Ghosn to talk with his wife Carole, whom he has not been able to talk or meet with for eight months.
My AP Story Oct. 24, 2019 on how Carlos Ghosn’s defense team is asking charges be dismissed, alleging widespread prosecutorial misconduct will endanger his getting a fair trial.
My AP Story Aug. 6, 2019 on how Mrs. Carole Ghosn is protesting the restrictions on communicating with her husband.
My AP Story April 17, 2019, in which I interview Mrs. Carole Ghosn. She says her husband is ready for a fight but she fears he may not get a fair trial.
My AP Story June 1, 2019, in which I interview Takashi Takano, a lawyer for Carlos Ghosn who criticized the bail conditions that prevent his client from seeing his wife as violating human rights.
My AP Story Dec. 10, 2019, on Japanese regulators recommending a $22 million fine on Nissan.
My AP Story Dec. 2, 2019, on the new CEO Makoto Uchida stressing the importance of the Renault alliance.
My AP Story Sept. 9, 2019 on Nissan’s Saikawa tendering his resignation after receiving dubious payments.
My AP Story Oct. 8, 2019 on Nissan picking head of the China business as Saikawa’s replacement.
My AP Story Sept. 5, 2019 about Nissan’s chief saying he got dubious payments but didn’t know.
My AP Story Oct. 23, 2019 on the Tokyo Motor Show, which had futuristic technology galore but Ghosn was gone.
My AP Story Sept. 3, 2019 on the new Tokyo chief prosecutor defending his office’s handling of Ghosn’s case.
My AP Story July 25, 2019 on Nissan slashing 12,500 jobs as it reports dismal earnings.
My AP Story July 24 2019 on Nissan directors on governance promising reforms but say job cuts are also coming.
My AP Story June 7, 2019, about how Nissan had no say but had the technology that drove the merger talks between Renault and Fiat Chrysler.
My AP Story June 5, 2019, about how the merger talks had left Nissan out in the cold.
My AP Story Oct. 24, 2019 about Nissan, eager to put Ghosn scandal behind it, shows technology.
My AP Story June 10, 2019 about my visit to the Tokyo Detention House, where Ghosn was held for 130 days.
My AP Story June 25, 2019 on Nissan’s shareholders meeting where they approve governance steps and keep Saikawa on its board.
My AP Story June 12, 2019 on how proxy companies are advising Nissan shareholders against approving the reappointment of Hiroto Saikawa as a board director.
My AP Story May 29, 2019 on Renault talking with Nissan about the Fiat Chrysler merger proposal.
My AP Story June 20, 2019 about Mitsubishi Motors shareholders approving the ouster of Ghosn.
My AP Story May 13, 2019 A takeout on Nissan without Ghosn.
My AP Story May 14, 2019 on Nissan’s earnings results, slammed by Ghosn’s arrest.
My AP Story April 25, 2019, in which a court approves Ghosn’s release on bail for his rearrest, and Ghosn walks out of detention.
My AP Story April 9, 2019 on Carlos Ghosn’s video statement in which he says a “conspiracy” at Nissan led to his arrest.
My AP Story May 17, 2019 about Nissan proposing new board members including Renault’s Bollore.
My AP Story May 9, 2019 on court denying appeal on restrictions about Ghosn’s contact with his wife.
My AP Story April 4, 2019 about the rearrest of Carlos Ghosn on fresh allegations despite his release on bail.
My AP Story April 24, 2019 on Nissan slashing profit forecast on Ghosn fallout.
My AP Story April 8, 2019 on Nissan shareholders approving Ghosn’s outster from the company board.
My AP Story April 10, 2019 on Ghosn’s lawyers appealing to the Supreme Court over the latest detention.
My AP Story April 11, 2019 about his wife getting questioned in a Tokyo court.
My AP Story April 7, 2019 on his lawyer clarifying the conditions for his initial release on bail.
My AP Story April 12, 2019 about his detention being approved through April 22.
My AP Story April 5, 2019 about his detention being approved through April 14.
My AP Story April 3, 2019 about Carlos Ghosn saying he will hold a news conference April 11, noting he is ready to tell the truth about what’s happening.
My AP Story March 27, 2019, on Nissan’s governance committee that says Ghosn had too much power.
My AP Story March 12, 2019 on how Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi, with Ghosn gone, is forming a new alliance board.
My AP Story March 11, 2019 on a Tokyo court rejecting Ghosn’s request to go to a Nissan board meeting.
My AP Story March 8, 2019 on lawyer apologizing for Ghosn’s ‘disguise’ during his release.
My AP Story March 7, 2019 on the Japan reaction to Ghosn’s release.
My AP Story March 6, 2019 on Ghosn released from detention after more than 100 days.
My AP Story March 5, 2019 on the back and forth on the bail release.
My AP Story March 4, 2019 on Ghosn’s new lawyer Junichiro Hironaka hoping to gain release on bail.
My AP Story Feb. 13, 2019 on Carlos Ghosn tapping a lawyer famous for acquittals for his defense, replacing his previous attorney, a former prosecutor .
My AP Story Feb. 15, 2019 on Ghosn’s new power defense: The high-profile cases by Junichiro Hironaka. Yoichi Kitamura, the attorney for Greg Kelly, who was arrested with Ghosn, was also on the defense team of Ichiro Ozawa, one of Hironaka’s acquittal wins.
My AP Story Feb. 28, 2019 on Ghosn’s new lawyers requesting release on bail.
My reporting on Mr. Hironaka’s news conference April 2, 2019 is the bottom part of this AP Story out of Paris.
My AP Story Jan. 21, 2019 on Carlos Ghosn requesting bail and promising to live in Japan, wear an ankle tether and hire security, while asserting his innocence.
My AP Story Jan. 22, 2019 on bail being denied.
My AP Story Nov. 19, 2018 on the arrest of Carlos Ghosn, who led Nissan for nearly two decades. The arrest was on allegations he falsified his income reporting.
My AP Story Jan. 8, 2019, on Carlos Ghosn appearing in court to assert his innocence and question his detention nearly two months after his arrest.
Habeas corpus? In Japan, “hostage justice” My AP Story Dec. 23, 2018.
I am a contributor to this AP Story Feb. 8, 2019, with comments from Ghosn’s lawyer and spokeswoman about his Versailles wedding: Ghosn paid for all expenses, didn’t know the rental would be charged to Renault and offers to reimburse Renault.
Nissan CEO at the news conference in Yokohama headquarters. Photo by Shuji Kajiyama.
A COUP OR NOT A COUP? THAT IS THE QUESTION: My AP Story Dec. 13, 2018 on how the arrest of Nissan star Ghosn is raising such speculation
My AP Story Jan. 11, 2019 on Carlos Ghosn being charged with breach of trust, making his release unlikely for months to come.
My AP Story Jan. 18, 2019, on Mitsubishi Motors board considering new allegations against Ghosn.
My feet visible in the media huddle.
My AP Story Jan. 15, 2019, on Carlos Ghosn’s request for release on bail denied.
My AP Story Jan. 14, 2019 on how Carlos Ghosn’s wife slams detention as “draconian” in a letter.
My AP Story Jan. 11, 2019 on Carlos Ghosn coming down a fever and his wife issuing a statement.
My AP Story Dec. 5, 2018. I interview the Brazilian consul general in Tokyo, who says Carlos Ghosn is holding up, not worried about his plight and just asked he bring him thrillers next time, not the philosophy and history books he’d brought.
My AP Story Nov. 30, 2018 on the lawyer for the executive arrested with Ghosn, Greg Kelly, who says his client is innocent and abided by law and company policy.
My AP Story Dec. 31, 2018 about the court extending Ghosn’s detention by 10 days through Jan. 11.
The Tokyo Detention Center
My AP Story Dec. 3, 2018 on how Ghosn’s case highlights corporate governance failings in Japan
My AP Story Nov. 22, 2018 on Nissan’s board meeting voting unanimously to dismiss Ghosn as chairman.
My AP Story Nov. 27, 2018 on East-West auto alliances.
My AP Story Feb. 5, 2019 on Nissan board tapping Renault’s Senard and setting extraordinary shareholder’s meeting.
My AP Story Jan. 30, 2019 on Nikkei’s interview with Ghosn in detention, quoting him as saying a “plot and treason” led to his arrest.
My AP Story Dec. 17, 2018 on how Nissan decides not to name a new chairman as a replacement for the ousted Ghosn.
My AP Story Nov. 26, 2018 on Mitsubishi Motors firing Ghosn as chairman.
My AP Story Dec. 10, 2018, on Ghosn getting charged by Tokyo prosecutors.
My AP Story Dec. 12, 2018 about Greg Kelly’s lawyers protesting prolonged detention
My AP Story Dec. 11, 2018 about Ghosn’s detention being extended through Dec. 20
My AP Story Jan. 9, 2019 on Nissan’s unveiling the new Leaf electric car after Ghosn’s arrest delayed it.
My AP Story Jan. 9, 2019 on Tokyo court turning down Ghosn’s appeal of long detention.
My AP Story Dec. 7, 2018, on Nissan disclosing more dubious inspections.
My AP Story Jan. 12, 2019, on Jose Munoz resigning from Nissan, the first high-profile departure publicly acknowledged as related to Ghosn’s arrest.
My AP Story Jan. 5, 2019 on a Nissan executive going on leave for tasks related to Ghosn’s arrest.
My AP Story Jan. 30, 2019 about global auto sales for Toyota, Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi versus Volkswagen.
More recent stories:
My AP Story June 5, 2019, about Mark Karpeles starting a blockchain business while fighting for exoneration.
My AP Story March 29, 2019 about Mark Karpeles, former head of bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, appealing the ruling.
My AP Story March 15, 2019 about Karpeles’ getting a suspended sentence, avoiding jail time, on data manipulation but cleared of other charges.
My AP Story May 9, 2019 about Toyota and Panasonic combining their housing businesses in Japan.
My AP Story March 9, 2019 about Guinness naming Japanese woman as oldest person at 116.
My story about architect Arata Isozaki awarded the Pritzker
My AP Story March 6, 2019 on Isozaki being honored with architecture’s highest award.
My coverage of Shinya Tsukamoto, a legendary filmmaker
My AP Story on Shinya Tsukamoto’s new film “Killing,” inspired by the masters, horror of violence
And My AP Interview with the director Shinya Tsukamoto from last year.
My coverage of Okinawa and Gov. Denny Tamaki
My AP Story March 1, 2019 when Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki talks about his meeting with the prime minister on the referendum that rejected the Henoko relocation plan.
My AP Interview with Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki Oct. 31, 2018.
My AP Story Feb. 25, 2019 on the referendum on the U.S. base plan.
My AP Story Feb. 24, 2019 on the referendum on the U.S. base plan.
My AP Story Oct. 1, 2018 when Denny Tamaki, critic of U.S. bases on Okinawa, won the election
My AP Story Oct. 2, 2018 on how the new Okinawa chief embodies the complexity of Japan’s U.S. bases
My reporting on the Mayweather exhibition fight in Japan
My AP Story Dec. 31, 2018, on how Mayweather stopped Nasukawa in the first round, flooring him three times.
My AP Story Dec. 29, 2018 when Mayweather arrives at last for the fight.
My AP Story Dec. 18, 2018 on how opponent Tenshin Nasukawa is looking for a real fight.
My AP Story on how the fight is on again Nov. 18, 2018.
My AP Stories on Naomi Osaka
My AP Story Jan. 24, 2019 on how Nissin drops Osaka ad after complaints but star remains focused on the game.
Naomi Osaka headed for big money with Japan, global appeal
The latest in my Godzilla coverage
My AP Story and My AP Photo on Godzilla Oct. 31, 2018.
More recent stories:
Japan’s minister of cybersecurity has never used computer. My AP Story Nov. 15, 2018.
My AP Story July 26, 2019 on SoftBank announcing $108 billion Vision Fund 2.
Japan’s SoftBank invests in US office space-sharing WeWork. My AP Story Nov. 15, 2018.
SoftBank mobile unit to go for IPO raising some $20 billion, My AP Story Nov. 12, 2018.
Japanese Actor Koji Yakusho says his is a solitary craft in My AP Story Sept. 29, 2018.
SoftBank decries journalist’s death, defends Saudi fund
My AP Story Oct. 29, 2018 about a princess marrying a “salaryman”
My AP Story Oct. 28, 2018 about India’s prime minister visiting Japan
My AP Story Oct. 23, 2018 about Philip Morris in Japan
My coverage of the move from Tsukiji to Toyosu
My AP Story Oct. 11, 2018
New fish market opens with tradition: the tuna auction
A related AP story Oct. 5, 2018
Famed Tsukiji fish market uneasy over move to new site
My AP Story and My AP Photo Oct. 16, 2018.
Official: Move of Japan fish market could have been better
My coverage of the Zozo CEO and his trip to the moon on Elon Musk’s rocket
My AP Story Oct. 9, 2018
Japanese tycoon going on SpaceX rocket says he trusts Elon Musk
And My AP Story with more background on MZ when he first announced the moon trip Sept. 19, 2018
SpaceX’s first traveler is moonstruck Japanese fashion tycoon
My visit to a nursery school that uses digital technology in their program
My Story Sept. 26, 2018
Japan preschool using tablets to prep tots for digital age
OTHER RECENT STORIES
My AP Story Feb. 1, 2019, on Nintendo seeking growth outside games.
My AP Story Jan. 22, 2019.
Toyota, Panasonic announce venture for green car batteries.
My AP Story March 28, 2019 on Honda and Hino joining the mobility service venture.
My AP Story Oct. 4, 2018
Toyota, SoftBank setting up mobility services joint venture
My AP Story Sept. 19, 2018
Will flying cars take off? Japan’s government hopes so
My AP Story Aug. 24, 2018
AP Interview: Japan official says Trump misunderstands trade
My AP Story June 14, 2018
Japan banks on 3D mapping deemed crucial for driverless cars
My AP Story June 8
As trade fears grow, US states reach out to companies
My AP Story June 7, 2018
Dad takes Japan Inc. to court alleging paternity harassment
My AP Story April 26, 2018
Nintendo taps new president; profit improves on Switch sales
My AP Story April 20, 2018
Woman’s win of nursing home money a rarity in aging Japan
My AP Story April 12, 2018
Takata acquired by Key Safety Systems, president resigns
My AP Story April 6, 2018
Studio Ghibli co-founder, director Isao Takahata dies at 82
My AP Story March 28, 2018
Japan embracing cryptocurrencies despite big theft cases
My AP Story March 23, 2018
Nissan not changing autonomous drive tests over Uber crash
My AP Story March 3, 2018
Kobe Steel chief steps down over massive fake data scandal
My AP Story Feb. 11, 2018
Esports officially arrives in Japan, home of game giants
My AP Story Feb. 2, 2018
Sony taps CFO as new president, replacing Hirai