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Hideaki Kimura

Waseda Chronicle, Institute for Journalism, Waseda University
Journalist/Managing Editor
Japan
Hideaki Kimura is managing editor of Japan’s investigative media Waseda Chronicle. In 1995, after graduating from School of Law, Waseda University, he joined the Asahi Shimbun that has been the most prestigious newspaper in Japan, where he covered energy issues (in particular coal mines) and ethnic issues among other topics.

He was engaged in reporting as main members of the Asahi Shimbun’s special team assigned to cover the Fukushima nuclear meltdown catastrophe. He worked to gather facts on the actual situation at Fukushima following the accident from various angles. His investigation culminated in a long-running series of "The Prometheus's Trap”,  which had a massive response from readers and general public in Japan. He was involved in the story of "Five Days in the Prime Minister’s Office", the sixth story of "The Prometheus's Trap". The story generated significant response, and was later published as a book titled "Kensho Fukushima genpatsu jiko: Kantei no 100 jikan (Investigation of the Fukushima nuclear accident: 100 hours at the Prime Minister’s office)" (Iwanami Shoten, 2012). This book was translated into Korean in 2015, and also received a good response in Korea. For the series, he and his team were honored with Waseda University’s Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Journalism Award and the Japan Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association Award in 2012.

He further spearheaded a campaign for TEPCO to release the hidden records of internal videoconferences from immediately after the Fukushima nuclear accident. Ultimately, this campaign forced TEPCO to release the real-time video and audio recordings between its headquarters in Tokyo and the accident sites during the emergency time. His reporting based on these recordings contributed significantly to the clarification of the cause of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, and his reports are still used by many researchers and journalists as a basic resource. For this reporting, Kimura were awarded Waseda University’s Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Journalism Honorable Mention Award.
Kimura’s other works include "Yama ha kietemo: Miike CO chuudoku kanja no kiroku (Even if the coal mine disappear: Record of Miike carbon monoxide poisoning victims)" (Ashi Shobo, 2007) and "Kokuritsu koen ha dare no mono ka: Rupo shin oze wo aruku (To whom do national parks belong? Report on walking through the new Oze)" (Sairyuusha, 2010). He also edited a two-part compilation of primary resources on the world’s largest coal mine accident, titled "Mitsui miike tanko tanjin bakuhatsu jiken shiryo shusei dai ikki/dai niki" (Mitsui Miike Coal Mine disaster: Historical documents : Part one/ Part two)" (Kashiwa Shobo, 2005/2007).

After retiring from the Asahi Shimbun in August 2016, Kimura took up the position of Managing Editor of Waseda Chronicle in the Waseda Investigative Journalism Project (WIJP), which has been launched on the base of Institute of Journalism at WASEDA University. The Waseda Chronicle is the first university-based news organization and the first nonprofit investigative journalism web-media in Japan. 

Awards;
Waseda University’s Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Journalism Honorable Mention Award in 2013.
Waseda University’s Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Journalism Award in 2012.
The Japan Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association Award in 2012.

Publications; 
Hideaki Kimura, Tomomi Miyazaki, “Fukushima Nuclear Accident TEPCO TV Conference 49 hours of record”, Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2013.
Hideaki Kimura, Tomomi Miyazaki, “Fukushima nuclear accident Timeline 2011-2012”, Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2013.
Hideaki Kimura, “Kensho Fukushima genpatsu jiko: Kantei no 100 jikan (Investigation of the Fukushima nuclear accident: 100 hours at the Prime Minister’s office)”, Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2012.Hideaki Kimura, Tomoko Adachi, “Kokuritsu koen ha dare no mono ka: Rupo shin oze wo aruku (To whom do national parks belong? Report on walking through the new Oze)”, Tokyo: Sairyusha, 2010.Miike CO Study Group (ed.), “Mitsui Miike Coal Mine disaster: Historical documents compilation: Part one/Part two”, Tokyo:Kashiwa Shobo, 2005/2007.
Hideaki Kimura, “Yama ha kietemo: Miike CO chuudoku kanja no kiroku (Even if the coal mine disappear: Record of Miike carbon monoxide poisoning victims)”, Fukuoka: Ashi Shobo, 1997.