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Aiko Doden

Moderator - Senior Commentator NHK

Ms Doden is NHK’s senior commentator on International Affairs. Concurrently Ms Doden anchors NHK’s interview & debate program in English “Asian Voices” on NHK World TV and on NHK BS1.

“Asian Voices” regularly broadcasts from the venues of the World Bank Conferences and World Economic Forum. Most recently, “Asian Voices” was aired from Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi taking part as panelist. Ms Doden is a popular face on NHK TV, having anchored NHK’s key news program as “NHK Good Morning Japan”, “NHK News at 9 PM” and “NHK World Network”.

She was a correspondent based in Thailand covering ASEAN countries intensively with a focus on Myanmar where she has visited over 40 times in her journalist capacity.

In her capacity as a commentator, Ms Doden reports and comments on issues in Asia from politics to public health, from hard security to human security. On “Asian Voices” which she anchors, global issues are analyzed and discussed from an Asian perspective. Issues range from the “Arab Spring” to Japanese domestic politics.

Her interviewees include the Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. A. Sen, Prof. Muhammad Yunus, President M. Ahtisaari, HRH The Prince of Wales, Myanmar’s President Thein Sein, The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, UNESCO Executive Secretary Irina Bokova and Former President of the World Bank Mr. Robert Zoellick. Overseas reporting has taken her to countries as Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Tunisia, Greece, China, South Korea, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia and Cambodia to name a few.

She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Columbia University, New York, USA, and a Bachelor’s degree in foreign studies from Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. Completed courses include International Law, Economics and Theories of International Relations.
Born in Tokyo, she has spent her childhood in London, UK.

Member: International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), UK. Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow.