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Lisa Takagi


Lisa is based in Tokyo as a managing editor and will be providing editorial coverage of all aspects of Japan’s prescription drug market for Scrip and the Pink Sheet, including company, market, pricing and regulatory developments, as well as helping to further expand our original content in the region through interviews and unique stories. In the longer term, the intention is for Lisa to support, along with the rest of the content team, our broader regional push towards more local-language content, use of multimedia, and thought leadership initiatives.

Lisa brings close to a decade of experience working in either international teams or reporting, writing and editing, including in broadcast media through an internship as a TV reporter in Canada. Most recently, she was covering another fast-moving, high-tech sector, IT, for ITmedia Enterprise in Japan, where several of her stories won quarterly “Best Content” awards and helped significantly expand readership.

Lisa holds an MA in Fine Art from Tokyo University of the Arts as well as a Master’s in Journalism from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Canada. She is native level bilingual in Japanese and English and also has conversational ability in Mandarin and French. Her interests and hobbies outside work include taking monochrome photos with digital/film cameras and visiting museums.

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