Pamela Boykoff is an award-winning freelance journalist and field producer now based in New York after nine years working out of CNN’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong. Her work has taken her everywhere from Brazil to Vanuatu, but she is passionate about the Asian region and have covered many of its most important stories, including the devastating earthquake in Nepal, the rise of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement and the impeachment of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye. She was part of CNN’s Emmy-nominated and RTS award-winning team in the Philippines reporting on the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. In 2011, she received an Asian Television Award with CNN correspondent Sara Sidner for the story of a young Bangladeshi boy who turned in a street gang that was brutalizing children and forcing them to beg.
Boykoff graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a degree in history. In addition to covering breaking news, she has substantial experience covering business and economics issues, including the impact of the 2008 financial crisis on China’s factory belt.
My project is an examination of the daycare shortage in Japan, its economic impact and the potential policy solutions available. The lengthy waitlist for public daycare is one of the major obstacles towards achieving greater participation and pay equity for women, in this way they are also a drag on the Japanese economy as a whole. The current Japanese government wants to improve the daycare situation , but has already had to push back their goal of ending waitlists by three years. I plan to report on the pros and cons of various policy changes currently being considered, explore new options and look to see if lessons can be learned from the approaches of Norway and the United States.