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US-Japan Journalism Fellowship

2018 Program

June 24–July 14, 2018


The US-Japan Journalism Fellowship brings promising American journalists to Japan to gain a deeper understanding of Japanese policymaking and the dynamics of US-Japan relations. Since 2015, this program has annually hosted four fellows for a weeklong program of group meetings with policymakers, social leaders, and innovators in Japan, followed by one to two more weeks of individualized meetings and site visits.

The program is generously supported with funding from the United States-Japan Foundation.

2018 Fellows


Ibby Caputo
Independent Journalist

Ibby Caputo is a multimedia journalist based in the Ozark Mountains. She works with numerous outlets, and she currently edits radio for West Virginia Public Broadcasting and reports on gender discrimination in the workplace for the podcast Scene on Radio. Ibby has reported on American prisoners in Iran for the public radio show The World, as well as on executions in Arkansas for Slate and on women’s salary disparities for NPR and Boston Globe Magazine. Ibby covered health care, transportation, and breaking news as a reporter for WGBH’s Boston Public Radio and WGBH TV, and she was a 2014–2015 MIT-Knight Science Journalism Fellow. In 2017, she covered the Arkansas State Legislature for the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network. Ibby received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and has an MA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she now teaches audio journalism. She is a recurring guest speaker at Harvard Divinity School.




Adrian Ma
WCPN/ideastream & Marketplace

Adrian Ma is a former law clerk who, a couple of years back, made a hard-left turn into audio journalism. Since switching careers, he has reported on predatory housing contracts, school security products, and speed-dating economists. Currently a reporter at WCPN/ideastream in Cleveland, he covers business, work, and the regional economy, and is a regular contributor to American Public Media’s Marketplace. His work has also aired on WNYC News (where he previously worked as a producer) and NPR’s Planet Money. In 2017, the Association of Independents in Radio named him a “New Voices Scholar,” an honor that highlights emerging talent in public media. Some years ago, he worked in a ramen shop.




Benjamin Soloway
Foreign Policy

Benjamin Soloway is an associate editor at Foreign Policy. He worked previously in Indonesia as a web editor and Princeton in Asia journalism fellow at the Jakarta Globe. He has also lived in Brazil and Turkey. His work has been published in the Boston Globe, the New Republic, USA Today, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He studied history at Wesleyan University.




Byron Tau
Wall Street Journal

Byron Tau is a reporter in the Wall Street Journal's Washington DC bureau, where he has covered the White House, Congress, and U.S. politics. Prior to joining the newspaper, Byron was a reporter at Politico, where he covered the Obama administration, lobbying, campaign finance, and politics. He received his undergraduate degrees in political science and American History from McGill University in Montreal and a master’s degree in journalism from Georgetown University in Washington DC.