Lucy Birmingham

Lucy Birmingham

Journalist, Scriptwriter & Author

Lucy Birmingham is a long-time, Tokyo-based journalist, scriptwriter, author and former photojournalist. Her articles have appeared in many publications including TIME magazine,, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Bloomberg News and Architectural Digest. As an arts and culture writer her articles have appeared in publications including, ARTnews, Artscape International.

As a scriptwriter and narrator for NHK (Japan's public broadcaster) since 2000, she has worked in both television and radio for news, business, fashion, art, documentary and interview programs.

Among her published books she has recently co-authored, "Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster." Her photography has been featured in books including the travel classic "Old Kyoto: A Guide to Shops, Inns and Restaurants," "Living Traditions of Old Kyoto," "Tokyo: A Financial Center," and "A Day in the Life of Japan." She wrote and photographed the children's book "Hirofumi and Masayo: Brother and Sister in Japan," that was translated into six languages. 

As a photojournalist and former Gamma Presse stringer, her work has appeared in publications including Businessweek, Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, and U.S. News and World Report.

Her corporate copywriting work includes promotional and advertising copy for Kanebo Cosmetics; Tokyo shopping guides for Visa Japan; condensed reports for the McKinsey & Company website, Consumer & Shopper Insights Asia.

She was president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan from 2013~2015, on the board of directors from 2010-2015, and a member since the 1980s.

Temple Univ. Japan Campus – Strong in the Rain Book Talk (Jan. 25, 2013)


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