We're a Tokyo-based news service reporting on ambitious innovations and
ESG solutions to the social and environmental challenges facing the world today

J-STORIES is a Tokyo-based solutions-focused news platform reporting on the responses from Japanese startups and professionals to some of the world's biggest social and environmental challenges.

The bilingual platform also aims to offer non-financial information about Japanese companies through content to global audiences, including investors and reporters.

Against the backdrop of the growing importance of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) initiatives and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), which aim to promote fair, equitable and environmentally friendly social reforms, J-STORIES was launched in April 2022 to help share with the world new innovations that Japanese companies are working on in various fields.

The innovative responses covered by our reporters range from future-oriented solutions in such areas as diversity, well-being and sustainability to decarbonation and other environmental protection efforts.

Our team of journalists and content specialists publishes articles and videos in an English/Japanese bilingual format.


Executive Editor

A multilingual journalist with over 25 years of experience in the media industry, Maeda worked as a producer and correspondent for Reuters TV in Tokyo after stints as a reporter at The Japan Times, The Associated Press in San Francisco, Newsday in New York, and The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif.

Chief Editorial Advisor

A former head of Reuters Japan, Kitamatsu served Japan's leading business daily, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, as Toronto bureau chief and then as deputy director of its European editorial bureau in London before joining Reuters, where he held the position of managing editor in Japan among other executive roles.

Editorial Advisor

A former managing editor/executive operating officer at The Japan Times and a Nieman fellow at Harvard University, Daimon has served as World Economic Forum media leader between 2015 and 2020. She currently teaches journalism as a lecturer at Tokyo Woman's Christian University.


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  • Solutions Journalism Network

  • Google News

  • The Japan Times (Optional)

  • Industry-specific online publishers (Optional)

  • Japanese TV networks and Yahoo! Japan News
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