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Torigoe Named Chief Editor of OhmyNews Japan
Seasoned journalist looks forward to leading the team in Tokyo
Lee Byung-sun (internews)     Print Article 
Published 2006-05-23 17:49 (KST)   
Torigoe Shuntaro in the opening ceremony of the Ohmynews Japan in Toranomon, Tokyo on May 10.
©2006 Lee B.S.
OhmyNews International announced on Monday the appoint of Torigoe Shuntaro as chief editor of OhmyNews Japan. Torigoe is a 41-year veteran of journalism well known among his peers and to the public for his impartial reporting.

He has high hopes for OhmyNews Japan and wants to accomplish his next career goal in citizen participatory journalism. He and his team will work to develop a news Web site with the unique content and characteristics of OhmyNews.

Torigoe got his start as a reporter with Mainichi Daily News in 1965. Over the years he has been a foreign correspondent, chief editor of a weekly magazine and a TV news anchor. As a frontline reporter, Torigoe's outgoing personality and tireless reporting soon began earning him a sterling reputation.

As host of "The Scoop," a program of TV Ashahi, Torigoe broadened his reporting through investigation and discussion of events and issues, often delving into the background of stories.

He currently appears on "Super Morning," a program of TV Ashahi that deals with current issues, where he provides his take on daily news events. He has been actively engaged in cultural activities on the Internet, managing the regular columns section of an Internet news Web site since 2000.

Torigoe's appointment has accelerated the establishment of OhmyNews Japan, which was initially launched on Feb. 22 through a joint project of OhmyNews and Softbank, a leading IT company in Japan.

The Japanese edition of OhmyNews is the first step in the internationalization of its news services.

OhmyNews Japan opened an office in Toranomon in the Minato-ku, Tokyo, on May 10. Fifteen Korean and Japanese staff members are currently at work in the office. OhmyNews Japan will begin recruiting citizen reporters next month. Regular news services and activities are expected to begin at the end of August.
©2006 OhmyNews

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