search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - James Wagner

DF (1975)

Fellow Information:
First Name
James
Middle Name
Gray
Last Name
Wagner (changed from WAGNER)
Sex
Male
Organization
Newsweek Japan
Title
Consulting Editor
Contact Address:
Address Type
Home
Address 1
2-5-14-1201 Yushima
Address 2 (optional)
 
City
Bunkyo-ku
State
Tokyo
Zip Code
113-0034
Country
Japan
Telephone
+81 3 5840 6772
Email
jamesgraywagner@gmail.com
*Survey URL
http://www.jfny.org/fellowship_survey/survey.php?id=3528&sid=2baf5bd7c3ddae8882342311fa081afb
Questions:
1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: B. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies at another kind of organization.

Field of Study: Journalism

2. Please describe what you are currently doing. (If you have your own website or any relevant site, provide its URL.)

Answer: I am currently serving as consulting editor (henshuu komon) at Newsweek Japan (Newsweek Nihonban), the Japanese-language edition of Newsweek magazine published under contract with Harman Newsweek LLC. by Hankyu Communications Co., Ltd. I am also working pro bono as executive director of Alam Aksara, a volunteer organization set up in Japan to provide scholarships to economically disadvantaged students in Indonesia (www.alamaksara.org).

3. Where did you acquire your most advanced Japanese language training for your research?

Answer: B. I learned it at a special language training school. (The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies)

4. Have you ever participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme?

Answer: NO

5. Have you earned a doctoral degree?

Answer: NO

Optional Inquiry:
1. Please describe briefly how the Japan Foundation Fellowship experience influenced your career.

Answer: My Japan Foundation Fellowship allowed me to return to Japan for doctoral research. At the end of my fellowship in 1976, I realized that at that time, there were simply too many PhDs in Japanese literature chasing too few academic job openings. I then decided to stay in Japan so as to use my Japanese skills and eventually found my way into journalism. While my role has been extremely minor, I believe that as managing editor and columnist at Newsweek Japan and as a commentator, I have had more of an opportunity to influence Japan-U.S. relations and the Japanese public's understanding of world affairs than I ever would have as a scholar of medieval Japanese poetry. And it is because of the Japan Foundation Fellowship that I was in the right place to make this career transition.

2. The Japan Foundation is planning to create a network or forum among past Japan Foundation fellows. Please let us know if you have any suggestions in terms of themes, format, etc.

Answer: Themes: I would suggest practical topics such as career opportunities and job openings. Format: Utilizing the more popular existing social networks, such as LinkedIn and Facebook, might make it more likely that a new network or forum would actually be used.