Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Some impressions from Japan

I've been out reporting in Rikuzentakata for a few days and will be filing soon. But here a few random photos from the trip (Hong Kong > Tokyo > Kitakami > Rikuzentakata > Kitakami > Tokyo > Hong Kong).


I was shooting broll from the Tokyo tower and found this very scary looking view through a window in the floor.


Second time I'm in Tokyo for work during the cherry blossom season. They are truly beautiful, even more so thanks to their short life span.


From a shelter in Rikuzentakata during a charity soccer match between the Japanese national team and an all-star team from the J-League:

Little man



From a pre-school graduation in Rikuzentakata:



Recent WSJ Work: Stanley Ho

Here's a video we did in Macau about Stanley Ho, the man who has dominated Macau's casino industry for decades. Recently, the ailing billionaire has been caught up in a war with his family for control of his empire. And four wives, sixteen surviving children and a whole bunch of lawyers make for one very interesting story.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Recent WSJ Work: Japan Earthquake

A woman carrying her baby around in the town of Ishinomaki, Northeastern Japan. She was looking for any supplies she could find in the rubble.

A day after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit Northeastern Japan, I hopped on a plane to Tokyo and then to Fukushima airport. From there we visited various areas: one where people were sleeping on the stage of an auditorium waiting to hear whether their hometown had been contaminated with radioactivity; one where rotten fish were strewn on the ground -- a reminder of an industry that used to feed the people in that neighborhood; another one where someone was wading through mud, headed towards their destroyed houses to find the dogs they had left behind. It was a three-day-long stay; three very full days.

There are many things I've learned.
Practical things, like 'don't wear sneakers when you're covering the aftermath of a tsunami'.


Don't save on little things, like 'utility belts' for lenses, extra batteries, a good wind jacket, etc. They make a big difference when you work on little sleep and in difficult environments.

But more importantly I learned that grilling a fish with your pals in a middle of the road after you've lost everything can be incredibly uplifting. So can 5 pieces of chewy candy that a stranger offers you, mumbling the word "candy" in broken English.

Anyhoo, here's a selection of the videos I produced from there (I'm on my second trip here now, so expect more to come):

A video about the economic repercussions of the tsunami for a town of ship building companies and food processing facilities:

A video about the reunion of a family after days of being disconnected:

A video about evacuees from near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant:

And some photographs: