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Daniel Leussink is a Dutch journalist covering economic issues and international affairs from Japan where he has been based since 2007. Leussink was born in Rotterdam and lived in London, Amsterdam and Hiroshima before arriving in Tokyo. He travelled through many countries in Europe, North America and South and South East Asia.

Leussink worked as a human resource consultant at Progress, a retainer-based search firm dedicated to serving international and domestic clients in the Japanese market. He switched to journalism in 2009. He holds a master’s degree in Japanese studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and a bachelor’s degree in media studies from the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Following Japan’s great earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, Leussink travelled through disaster-hit Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures as a stringer for stern and other overseas media. He filed stories on the aftermath of this disaster unprecedented in Japan’s postwar history. Leussink was the first correspondent from The Netherlands to enter the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2013.

He was the correspondent for Het Financieele Dagblad, the leading Dutch newspaper with a focus on business and economic matters in 2013 and 2014. His work has also appeared at Bloomberg News and in Forum, the magazine of the Dutch employers organization VNO-NCW, and published in Asia Times OnlineLaw.com, Majirox NewsNo.1 Shimbunde MorgenNRC Handelsblad and de Volkskrant.

Leussink is open for reader comments and can be reached though the Contact page.