Stanford center honors Asia correspondent with journalism award

Jacob Schlesinger, left, a Tokyo-based correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, is the recipient of the 2014 Shorenstein Journalism Award. Gi-Wook Shin, director of Stanford’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, presented the award during a recent campus ceremony. (Photo credit: Rod Searcey)


Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) recently honored Wall Street Journal reporter JACOB SCHLESINGER with the Shorenstein Journalism Award. Schlesinger received the honor, which includes a $10,000 cash prize, for his work on Japan that spans nearly three decades.

Since 2002, the annual award has recognized journalists who are outstanding in their reporting on the Asia-Pacific, and whose work has helped enhance Western understanding of the region. A jury selects the finalist, which alternates each year between an American and Asian journalist.

GI-WOOK SHIN, professor of sociology and director of Shorenstein APARC, presented Schlesinger with the award during a recent ceremony. Supporters and friends included two former U.S. ambassadors to Japan  –  MICHAEL ARMACOST, a distinguished fellow at Shorenstein APARC, and Stanford alumnus JOHN ROOS ’77 (J.D. ‘80).

Schlesinger is the author of Shadow Shoguns: The Rise and Fall of Japan’s Postwar Political Machine, which was published in 1999. He wrote the book when he was a visiting fellow at Shorenstein APARC.

Schlesinger is based at the Journal’s Tokyo bureau as senior Asia economics correspondent and central banks editor, Asia, and tweets with the handle @JMSchles.

Read the full announcement, which includes a Q&A with Schlesinger about Japan’s political and economic climate and the changing face of media there, on the Shorenstein APARC website.