There are numerous social challenges to overcome in order to achieve a society where women can actively and inclusively participate in. To achieve this goal, JSIE was founded particularly in order to develop and expand Asian women’s presence in global leadership roles in business, government, political, and social activities. It holds “Washington Women’s Dialogue” (WWD), co-hosted by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, featuring prominent role models in various sectors, who share their life experience. WWD offers opportunities to frankly discuss various issues on social and international challenges and learn how to overcome such challenges.
At the 12th WWD, we welcomed Ms. Yuka Hayashi and Mr. Jacob Schelsinger of Wall Street Journal, who have been actively covering Asia and Japan both in Tokyo and Washington, D.C. in various aspects of financial policies, political situations, and foreign relations. Yuka recently moved back in Washington, D.C., and had previously spent some years as deputy Tokyo bureau chief. Jake also has in-depth knowledge about Asia and Japan as he had stationed in Tokyo as bureau chief, and published “Shadow Shoguns: The Rise and Fall of Japan’s Postwar Political Machine” in 1997. They have shared with us their life stories as journalists and paths to establishing their own career.
Yuka Hayashi, WSJ Washington bureau, former deputy bureau chief at WSJ Tokyo
Yuka Hayashi covers financial regulation at the Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau. Until 2015, she was a correspondent and deputy bureau chief at the paper’s Tokyo office, writing about economy, foreign policy, and culture. Before joining the paper in 2004, she was a reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, a sister publication, based in New York and Tokyo. She started her career in journalism at Reuters.
Yuka a bachelor’s degree in economics from Waseda University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. A mother of two, she lives in Washington DC with her husband, daughter and a beagle named Pogo.
Jacob Schelsinger, senior correspondent WSJ Washington bureau
Jacob Schlesinger is a senior correspondent in the Wall Street Journal Washington bureau, covering trade and globalization. Schlesinger has split the past quarter century between Washington and Tokyo for the Journal, covering politics, diplomacy, and economic policy. He has also worked as Tokyo bureau chief and deputy Washington bureau chief. Before beginning his current beat in March, he was the Journal’s global financial regulation editor, and launched a WSJ product focused on that subject. Schlesinger is the author of “Shadow Shoguns: The Rise and Fall of Japan’s Postwar Political Machine,” published in 1997 by Simon & Schuster. He was a member of the Journal team winning the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. In 2014, he was given the Shorenstein Journalism Award from Stanford’s Asia-Pacific Research Center.
A native of East Lansing, Michigan, he received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College. He is married to Louisa Rubinfien, a Japanese historian, and they have two daughters.