2013 AAJA Tokyo Weekend

The “AAJA-Asia Tokyo Weekend” mini-conference is Oct 18-19. It will combine journalism workshops, a panel discussion, excursion in Tokyo and networking opportunities. There will be a flat fee for both non-AAJA members and members to attend the workshops and panel. Participants will pay for their own food, drinks for the networking components and excursion.

(For building security reasons, registration is necessary to attend the workshops and panels. Registration deadline: October 17, Thurs. Building entrance instructions will be sent separately.)

Questions? Send them to  the organizers here.



Friday, October 18

Welcome Mixer

Time: 7 pm ~ 9 pm
Location: Miyabi-tei Izo, Roppongi (“Roc mon” 7F, 6-1-3 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo) 03-5785-8830

Network with AAJA-Asia members in Tokyo over drinks and good Japanese food.

Saturday, October 19

Tokyo Excursion

Time: (9 am ~ 12 pm)
Location: Meet in front of Kaminarimon, Sensoji Temple at 9 a.m.

Explore Asakusa’s Sensoji Temple and Nakamise area. Catch a Suimida River boat ride. Tour ends at the newly renovated Tokyo Station.

Kaminarimon Gate. Photo by AntonioA via Flickr

Workshops and Panels

Registration opens 12:45 pm ~
Time: (1: 00 pm ~ 5:45 pm)
Location: Dow Jones Japan, Otemachi First Square East Tower 19th Floor

Entrance fee:
    • 3,500 yen for non-AAJA members
    • 2,000 yen for non-AAJA students
    • 500 yen for AAJA members and AAJA student members

(Join AAJA and help us support journalists. It’s just US$65 for full/associate membership and $25 for student membership.)
This event has a capacity limit of 40 attendees. Vending machines for drinks are on premises.

“Photography workshop”
(1:00pm – 2:00pm)

This will be a photography tutorial for print reporters. The workshop will cover basics including what types of different lenses there are and how to use them. Panelists will offer tips on using your DSLR, compact camera and smartphone. The ethics of visual news will also be discussed.

Albert Siegel, Visual Journalist
Christopher Jue, Photographer

“Creating Your Online Persona”
(2:10 pm ~ 3:10 pm)

Every reporter should have a good online resume and a way of promoting your works. This workshop will explain the basics of creating and curating one. Bring your own wi-fi device and laptop/tablet device to go through the web sites being introduced.

Jason Gatewood, New Media Journalist, Next Media TOMO News

“Navigating the World of News and PR”
(3:20 pm ~ 4:35 pm)

We reporters speak with public relations officers almost daily. What is the secret behind making the most out of the relationship? We’ll hear from a panel of experts on how we can best work together.


Mayumi Hirano, CEO, Creative PR
Ross Rowbury, President and Representative Director, Edelman Japan
Cécile Shea, Press Attaché, U.S. Embassy Tokyo
Rosa Yum, Supervisor, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. (Moderator)

“Investigating Front Companies In Japan: Spotting Shady Companies”
(4:45 pm ~ 5:45 pm)

Using the Olympus case, we’ll discuss the warning signs in 2009 that could have shown the company was in trouble. We’ll briefly go over what information can be gleaned from a corporate registration and how to do a basic due diligence check on a company. Organized crime front companies or simply fraudulent companies can be spotted, sometimes easily. This workshop requires some basic Japanese reading ability.

Jake Adelstein,  Investigative Journalist

Dinner and Karaoke

Time: (7:00 pm ~ 9:30 pm)
Location: Pasela Resorts Ginza (Ginza Wall Bldg. 2F, 6-13-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo) 0120-759-418

Join us for an AAJA tradition – karaoke –  right after the mini-conference!

Thank you to our sponsor

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