Ms. Arisa Ido, editor and blog manager at Huffington Post Japan, has been selected among many competitive Japanese applicants to participate in the Foreign Correspondents' Programme (FCP) this summer in Finland, organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. FCP is a 3 week programme for young journalists and social media influencers, giving them a lifetime opportunity to learn everything Finnish from the world-renown education system to inspiring business solutions, and from vibrant urban life to pristine nature. Ms. Ido, 5th journalist to participate in the FCP programmes from Japan, will be joined by 15 others across the world in this year's program.
Ms. Ido writes and edits articles for Huffington Post Japan since 2016, also managing more than 1300 blog editors together with a colleague. She also started a project called "Ladies Be Open" where women's health issues are openly talked about, since she felt that Japanese working women often feel embarrassed to discuss personal issues, such as heavy period pain, at work and are made to just hide and endure them. "Ladies Be Open" was so successful that it became the first "original category" for HuffPost Japan.
Ms. Ido spent 9 years in total of her childhood in Indonesia due to her father's work, and so speaks English like a native. She has always been immersed in diverse cultural environment, and knows by experience that "diversity makes a richer society". She looks forward to travelling to Finland in August, and to learn more about how Finns are coping with women issues and time management among other things. "Finland is seen as a 'Dream Land' in Japan," Ms. Ido says. "I would like to see beyond that, what kind of communication Finns take to make their life fruitful in their daily life."
Ms. Ido, tervetuloa Suomeen!