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Yoi Tateiwa

Seeds for News Japan
Executive Editor
Osaka, Japan

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Yoichiro Tateiwa is Executive Editor of Seeds for News, a nonprofit investigative journalism in Japan. He is also the co-founder of Factcheck Initiative Japan, the first organization solely conducting fact-checking in Japan. He promoted the first fact checking project on the General Election took place in October.

He also co-founded the Japan Center for Money and Politics, creating the data base of all the campaign finance of the Upper and the Lower House member of Japanese parliament.

He had been Chief Correspondent at Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK until the end of 2016. He was instrumental in connecting NHK with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). One of his final assignments before leaving NHK was based on information gathered from the Panama Papers. He broke a story on the improper dealings of a businessman imprisoned for one of Japan’s biggest pension-fund frauds. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/editors/3/2016072802/Tateiwa served from 1997 to 1998 as NHK’s Tehran Bureau Chief. Stories he broke led to his arrest and deportation from Iran.

With NHK, he uncovered illegal spending in the government’s $900 billion annual budget. As a result, the government revised its procurement rules to require open competitive bidding.

Another investigation revealed that a cleaning agent widely used in Japan and elsewhere in Asia was carcinogenic. A series of reports by Tateiwa forced the government to conduct a nationwide survey of people who worked with the substance and to strengthen oversight of workers’ health and the handling of chemicals.

Following the March 11 disaster in northeastern Japan in 2011, Tateiwa helped break timely reports highlighting inappropriate responses by the government and the nuclear plant operator, TEPCO, regarding the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns. One of his stories triggered a discussion in the Parliament and forced the government to change its decommissioning plan.http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/newsroomtokyo/aired/20150331.htmlIn addition to his investigative news reporting, Tateiwa has made numerous documentaries for NHK and has written for major magazines in Japan.

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