From left: Fusako Go, Koichi Furuya and Norio Yatsu The Asahi Shimbun announced a new lineup of veteran writers contributing to its popular daily column Vox Populi, Vox Dei starting on October 1.
Editorial writers Fusako Go, Koichi Furuya and Norio Yatsu are now on the roster, replacing Toshihiro Yamanaka and Tetsufumi Arita, both of whom had been writing the column since 2016.
Go, 56, served as chief of the newspaper's Manila, Rome, Jakarta and Sydney bureaus. He served as chief executive of the Chinese General Bureau during his fourth stint in Beijing. He was the head of the Shanghai and Shenyang bureaus.
Yatsu, 51, had worked for the Tokyo City News Section for a long time. He was twice assigned positions in the Okinawa Prefecture and served as chief of the Naha General Bureau in the prefecture. He was a senior staff writer and contributed to the Taji Soron column from May through September.
Yamanaka has been assigned to be the head of the Editorial Board, while Arita joined the list of writers who contributed to the Nichiyo ni Omou column as a staff writer covering cultural affairs starting October 1.