KEYNOTE SPEAKER: LUCY CRAFT
Ms. Craft was born in 1957 in North Carolina, USA. After graduating from the Department of History, majoring in Middle East Studies at the University of Maryland in 1978, she moved to New York to join Intensive Japanese-language Course from 1981 to 1982 and received a Master's degree in International Relations at Columbia University.
For three years from 1978, Ms. Craft worked for news agencies and periodicals in Washington, D.C., specialized in topics on the US Congress and the vicinity of the capital. Since 1982, she has been active as a freelance journalist in Japan and Asia based in Tokyo. Ms. Craft has covered a wide range of media, including newspapers, magazines, radio and TV broadcast featuring news and articles on business, advanced technologies, culture and social issues. Currently, she serves on the frontline as a reporter and producer on radio and TV broadcast at the Tokyo branch of CBS News, a major US network.
In the fall of 2011, Ms. Craft teamed up with two American journalists, the eldest daughters of war brides, to launch a film project. In 2014, she raised money for the plan with crowdfunding and reached the goal in ten days. Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: The Japanese War Brides was completed in August 2015, screened in the fall at the Boston Asian American Film Festival and Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival .