Current Institutional Affiliation
Staff Writer, Asahi Shimbun

Kumiko Nakatsuka is a Journalist for Asahi Shimbun Osaka Headquarters Life and Culture Department who specializes in children and poverty related coverage. She has investigated topics such as children and family support, gender, and statelessness, and has worked on issues surrounding child poverty since 2008, the year that child poverty was “rediscovered.” In 2010, Nakatsuka received the “Poverty Journalism Award” (sponsored by the Anti-Poverty Network) for her reports on child poverty-related issues, and the sharp increase in high school dropouts and applicants for part-time/irregular schooling. In 2017, the Asahi Shimbun Osaka Headquarters received the Sakata Memorial Journalism Award for its series on “Children and Poverty”, which included her work completed in the US through the Abe Fellowship Program.  Publications include Hinkon no nakade otona ni naru(Growing up in Poverty), Kamokawa, Co., Inc., 2012; Co-author on Kodomo no hinkon hakusho and kodomo no hinkon handobukku, etc.

Award Information

Abe Fellowship for Journalists 2015
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Staff Writer, Life and Culture News Section of Editorial Division, Osaka Head Office, Asahi Shimbun
Studying countermeasures to child poverty in Japan, the U.S. and EU

Child poverty creates income disparity and divides society. Japan, the United States and the EU should raise this issue as a policy agenda. However, approaches and responses to it differ. While EU worked out a policy, which clearly claims the government's responsibility, the U.S. underlines privatization of social services, market fundamentalism and responsibility of individuals. Japan values self-help and charity based on a belief that individuals are responsible for the consequences. I will draw a prospect of countermeasures against child poverty in Japan by comparing three countries; the U.S. preceding Japan, and the UK taking a different approach to the other countries.