Four American journalists visited Japan on September 3–23, 2017, as part of the 2017 US-Japan Journalism Fellowship, which allowed them 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 weeklong program of group meetings followed by one to two more weeks of individualized meetings and site visits. This year’s fellows met with a wide range of Diet members, government officials, nonprofit leaders, and entrepreneurs in Tokyo.

Then the fellows took individual reporting trips to places such as Hokkaido to report on the plight of communities caught up in a Russia-Japan territorial dispute, to rural Niigata towns along the Sea of Japan to learn about the civil defense preparations being taken because of the threat of a North Korean missile attack, and to farming communities in Northern Japan to discover how new trade deals are likely to affect beef farmers.


Natalie Andrews

Wall Street Journal
Natalie Andrews is a reporter and social media editor for the Wall Street Journal, where she covers Congress and politics in the Donald Trump administration. She studied broadcast and print journalism at Utah State University and later earned an MBA from the University of San Diego in 2012. Natalie worked in local news as a reporter in Utah and California and as the social media director at KSL News before moving to Washington DC in 2014 to join WSJ. She grew up near Salt Lake City, Utah, where she fell in love with hiking and the outdoors. She now lives in Capitol Hill with her fiancé and her pug, Dahlia.

Adam Behsudi

Adam Behsudi is a reporter covering international trade for POLITICO and POLITICO Pro, where he helped launch the publication’s subscription-based policy news service and the daily Morning Trade newsletter. He previously worked at Inside US Trade. Adam has traveled throughout Asia Pacific covering negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In addition to TPP and other trade negotiations, he has written on all aspects of trade, including enforcement cases, developments at the WTO, and every trade action that has gone through Congress in recent years. Previously, Adam worked as a newspaper reporter covering public safety issues and local government at the Citizen-Times in Asheville, North Carolina, and the News-Post in Frederick, Maryland. Adam earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in interactive journalism at American University. He lives in the Washington DC area with his wife and son.

Susie Armitage

Freelance Journalist
Susie Armitage is the Global Managing Editor at Buzzfeed, where she works with colleagues around the world to support and grow localized editions of BuzzFeed in 10 countries. She works closely with BuzzFeed’s global news teams, including BuzzFeed Japan, to adapt their best reporting into English for new audiences. She also reports for BuzzFeed News, covering Russia and the former Soviet Union with a focus on LGBT issues. Before BuzzFeed, she reported from Moscow for NPR, managed education projects in Russia and Central Asia, and taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. Susie graduated with an English degree from Oberlin College and a master’s degree from the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she studied international reporting.

Jay Greene

Wall Street Journal
Jay Greene is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Seattle, where he focuses on Microsoft and cloud computing businesses such as Amazon Web Services. He previously spent ten years as BusinessWeek’s Seattle bureau chief. He has worked as a business reporter for the Seattle Times, covering both Microsoft and Amazon. Jay is the author of Design Is How It Works: How the Smartest Companies Turn Products into Icons (Penguin/Portfolio). The book, which shows how successful companies use design to create beautiful products and breed loyal customers, has been translated and published into several languages, including Chinese and Thai. Jay has been a McGraw Fellow at the City University of New York and an Immigration Journalism Fellow with the French-American Foundation.