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Yoichi Kato

Yoichi Kato is bureau chief of the American General Bureau of the Asahi Shimbun, one of the major daily newspapers in Japan. He is based in Washington, DC. Prior to his current assignment, Yoichi was national security correspondent at Asahi's Tokyo head office and reported extensively on security issues in the Asia Pacific region. In this capacity he interviewed a number of high ranking government officials in various countries, including the president of Taiwan, Chen Shui Bian.

Yoichi was deputy editor of both the political and foreign news department from 2002 to 2004 in Tokyo. From 2001 to 2002 he was a visiting research fellow at both the Institute for National Strategic Studies/ National Defense University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

His area of expertise is the national security policy of Japan and its alliance with the United States. Prior to the researching position, Yoichi had been Asahi's Washington political correspondent for three years starting in 1998. His areas of responsibility included Japan-US security relations and domestic politics of the United States. As a political correspondent in Washington, Yoichi covered all of the major American domestic political events, from the Clinton impeachment to the presidential elections of 2000. He has appeared on numerous American news programs - including CNN, ABC's Nightline, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and C-SPAN - to provide a Japanese perspective on the political events occurring in the United States. In the realm of national security, Yoichi interviewed former Secretary of Defense William Cohen three times, and has accompanied the Secretary on several trips to Asia. He has spoken several times on Japan's national security strategy at the National War College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Before he was assigned to Washington, DC, Yoichi extensively covered Japanese politics and government policies, specializing in the area of national security as a staff writer in the Political News Department. His assignments in Tokyo included covering news from the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan Defense Agency, the Liberal Democratic Party, and the Social Democratic Party of Japan. In 1991, he completed internships at the Washington, DC, bureau of the Baltimore Sun and in Florida with the St. Petersburg Times. That year Yoichi also earned his Masters of Arts (MA) in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Prior to joining the Asahi Shimbun, he graduated from Tokyo University for Foreign Studies in 1981.

He is married and has a son and a daughter.

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