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)
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.
I’m invited to speak at the Asian American Journalists Association annual convention in San Francisco.
The theme of my presentation is what a reporter does outside journalism _ in my case, the spoken word. For once, I will be a poet and a journalist at once.
I have been a reporter at The Associated Press for nearly 25 years.
That’s a big chunk of my life.
I was a published poet long before I joined AP; I was writing poetry from my childhood.
I have kept those two sides of myself separate, not only because AP reporters must be objective and neutral, but more because I wanted to protect that delicate part of me that allows me to be a poet.
For a long time, I saw my true self as a poet and my role as a reporter as a job.
I wanted to write, and it is one way to get paid for writing. But I believe in journalism.
I have learned over the years that there are key things journalism can accomplish that no literature can.
And that I am one and the same person.
Associated Press Correspondent Yuri Kageyama was a poet before she even thought about becoming a journalist. For years, she assumed the two areas of her writing were separate — one intensely personal, the other professional. Sometimes she struggled to simply find time to write poetry. But over the years, she has remained a poet, perhaps first and foremost a poet. Yuri speaks about reporting and reconciliation: how the Fukushima nuclear disaster really helped tie her dual passions together. And with her Yuricane spoken-word band, she will show that in action.
My YURICANE band features Melvin Gibbs (bass), Hide Asada (guitar) and Hirokazu Suyama Jackson (drums amd tab;a).
The Hyatt Regency hotel Pacific N Room (5 Embarcadero Center in San Francisco)
FRI Aug. 14, 2015. 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
MORE: Yuri Kageyama is a poet, journalist and filmmaker. She leads her spoken-word band The Yuricane. Her performance piece will open at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York in September. A reporter at The Associated Press. A magna cum laude graduate of Cornell. M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Here are some of her works at The AP.
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A couple of our reporters were out this week and so I got to do politics stories for a change. It’s an exciting time to be covering politics in Japan because the ruling Liberal Democrats have suffered their biggest defeat probably in the history of their party, which has ruled Japan virtually all the time for more than 50 years. The Liberal Democrats are credited with orchestrating Japan’s modernization and reconstruction after World War II. But Japan and its voters are changing. Many young people, usually associated with total disinterest in politics, voted for the opposition in the latest election. Analysts say the candidates for the opposition have never been better. And they may be finally giving Japanese voters a chance for a real alternative to the Liberal Democrats. It’s fun to send alerts. It gets your adrenaline going. And it’s a bit frightening. But it’s always a moment I look back on (during a weekend, say, like today) as one reason why reporting is so much fun. Our bureau got to do that earlier this week because the agriculture minister stepped down to take responsibility for the election defeat. Now the question is if/when will the prime minister resign/reshuffle the Cabinet/dissolve the lower house of Parliament. I also did my usual job covering business on Toyota’s earnings. Toyota posted a 32 percent rise in profit for the first fiscal quarter. Another time for an alert.
I took a ride on the world’s first hybrid train to go into commercial service. It’s a cute little train in a resort area that’s fun to ride. But this was serious work for writing a story. The company official there kept giving us strange explanations _ such as the motor running backward _ that I later realized just couldn’t be right. I made calls later to check to make sure we had it right in our story. It’s strange how some Japanese companies don’t seem to be aware that if they give us reporters the wrong information, then they aren’t doing their job right. We are doing our best to understand the technology, but we aren’t experts.