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Makoto Watanabe was born in 1974. He graduated from the School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University in 1998. At first, he joined Nippon Television Network Corporation (NTV) in 1998 and then moved to the Asahi Shimbun in 2000. At the Asahi Shimbun, he mainly belonged to the Investigative Reporting Section.
He participated in the team of “Prometheus Trap”, which was the long-running series on Fukushima issues after the disaster of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The series received the Japan Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association Award and the Waseda University’s Ishibashi Tanzan Memorial Journalism Award in 2012.
In this series he published the stories on “Chitei wo nerae (Aiming for underground) ” which gave the alarm over the situation of surrounding underground disposal of high-level nuclear waste, and then on “A castle town of nuclear power plant ” which covered the difficult situation of the town Ookuma standing in the conflict between received economic benefits from TEPCO in the past and suffers from the disaster at present.
Besides, he covered issues on the collusive relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and doctors as well as on the corruption of the highest Buddhism’s auth.