In the early stages of my journalism career, I was entrusted with the task of conducting sophisticated economic reporting aimed at catalyzing the digital transformation of Japanese corporations. Consequently, I established early-level interactions with executives from accounting and consulting firms, think tanks, and IT vendors. While cybersecurity was commonly regarded as the primary impediment to digitalization (albeit with subtle nuances), I also had some degree of engagement with companies specializing in cyber security.
The peculiar scene of a solitary young participant amidst gatherings organized by think tanks, which typically convened senior economic editors from various newspapers, arose for this reason. These conversations in such settings proved to be valuable references when composing articles on topics such as telecommunications equipment and electric vehicle supply chains.
Recently, whether it was writing reports on the Georgia-South Ossetia conflict, tracking updates in Azerbaijan’s resource-based economy, or even indulging in leisurely yachting pursuits, the sole job offer I received came from the research division of a Big4 firm. My enduring interest in their intriguing work remains to this day.
Over the past few days, there have been reports of progress in negotiations between the United States and Gulf States, and I have been keenly watching these news. The B and Econ at the U of Tokyo, continues to be in midnight operation, and their efforts are quite intriguing.