Bio and Contact

Born in New Delhi, India to Japanese parents, I first came to Australia when I was 7 years old and have since lived in Tokyo, Yokohama, Sydney, Melbourne with short stints in Kolkata, Bangkok and Firenze. I now reside in Sydney.Masako Fukui

Prior to becoming a news journalist, writer and producer, I was a sexuality/health educator and community worker mainly working with young people.

I began my media career as a Japanese/English bilingual journalist in Tokyo, Japan at NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). I also worked as a feature writer at Business Tokyo (American monthly magazine about Japanese business) and as a reporter/researcher at The New York Times (Tokyo Bureau).

In the early nineties, I moved back to Sydney to work as a bilingual news journalist in the Sydney bureau of Nikkei (The Nihon Keizai Shimbun),  Japan’s leading economic/financial newspaper, covering business, economic, political and financial news in Oceania for Nikkei group papers, magazines and wire/online services.

Since 2001, I have been an independent freelancer, contributing to Australian, Japanese and other international media organisations including ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), The Asahi Shimbun, BBC, NPR, Vogue, The Australian, to name a few. I have a Masters in International Relations from The University of New South Wales and a Social Work degree from the University of Melbourne.

I have won a number of international and Australian awards for my radio documentaries.

I am available for short and long term ghost writing projects. I also make audio content for various clients, including schools, organisations, online publications and corporations.

My LinkedIn profile is here

My profile on the Wheeler Centre website is here

My profile in the Australian Audioguide is here

I’m also an enthusiastic cook. Evidence of my food obsession can be found here.