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Akiko Fujita

Akiko Fujita is a multimedia journalist based in Los Angeles, and a regular contributor to The World.

Prior to her move back to the West Coast, Fujita spent more than 4 years in Tokyo, working as a correspondent for ABC News. Her work has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, Al Jazeera America, and CNN.

Recent Stories

Arts, Culture & Media

Fish rock

The Japanese seem to be losing their appetite for fish. A government study shows the average consumption of seafood in the country has dropped below meat. That's forced Japan's fishing industry to fight back with music! Akiko Fujita checked out the sound.

Global Politics

Japan's North Korean schools

North Korea funds 10 high schools in Japan. These schools cater to students of Korean descent living in Japan, and the schools aren't popular with the Japanese government. Reporter Akiko Fujita explains.

Global Politics

What the Toyota recall means to Japan

Toyota hasn't stopped selling cars in Japan but the company's problems in the U.S. and now Europe have made headlines back home. Akiko Fujita tells us how the Toyota recall has been playing out in Japan. From PRI's The World.

Conflict & Justice

Japan's 'foreigners'

Japan's parliament is considering letting ?permanent foreign residents? vote in local elections. It's a politically sensitive issue and, as Akiko Fujita reports, the bill has sparked a fierce public debate.

Global Politics

Guam awaits the Marines

The population of Guam is expected to increase by 50% in the next four years. That's because the U.S. plans to redeploy thousands of Marines from the Japanese island of Okinawa. It threatens to strain Guam's infrastructure as Akiko Fujita reports.

Arts, Culture & Media

Lucky Bags in Japan

New Year's Day is the most revered holiday in Japan. The Japanese actually celebrate it over a 4 day period. Every year, people line up to buy something called a ?fukubukuro? or ?luck? bag. Akiko Fujita introduces us to a different New Year's tradition.

Arts, Culture & Media

KFC Christmas

Christmas isn't a national holiday in Japan but many Japanese celebrate the 25th with a special meal: fried chicken ? specifically, Kentucky Fried Chicken. Colonel Sander's chicken is considered a Christmas tradition there. Akiko Fujita reports.

Global Politics

US and Japan tense over Okinawa

Correspondent Akiko Fujita reports from Japan on the latest tensions over US military installations on the island of Okinawa. The country's new government campaigned on a promise to close a key US base. But that appears unlikely.

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