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News Team

InsideJapan Tours are delighted to introduce the members of our team who bring the news to you on a daily basis. With a wide variety of backgrounds and interests they all share one thing in common, a fascination with all things Japan.

Mike Cotgreave

As senior editor, Mike heads up our news team making sure the stories we publish are interesting and cover a full range of subject matter.  He is also an expert at digging up those quirky bits and pieces that make Japan such a fascinating country to write about.

Andy Mackay

Having spent two years living in Tokyo, Andy has turned a hobby into a job writing news about Japan along with more in depth articles on Japanese economics and politics.

Mark Smith
A youth spent playing Japanese video games provided Mark's first contact with Japan and all things Japanese. Mark is a freelancer who contributes regularly to the InsideJapan Tours' news channel.

Graham McPherson
When he can be dragged away from news of his beloved Tottenham Hotspur, Graham contributes regular articles to the IJT new channel. His own experience of Japan came on a gap year when he spent 6 months walking the Shikoku 88 temples pilgrimage route, a course which supposedly leads to enlightenment!

Susan Ballion
New to the InsideJapan Tours' news team, Susan's interest in Japan stems from a love of anime, specifically the stunning work of Hiyao Miyazaki, whose world renowned Studio Ghibli has produced such master pieces as Spirited Away and Princess Momonoke.

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