Deep in Odisha, India’s second-poorest state, vans deliver washing machines to village homes located by directions such as “around the corner from the temple”.
Joji Sakurai is a journalist and commentator published in the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, YaleGlobal, International New York Times and other publications. As a veteran Associated Press foreign correspondent and features editor, Joji worked on major business and politics news stories in four continents including the collapse of Japan’s bubble economy; the Indian Ocean tsunami; the Greek debt crisis; Japan’s tsunami and nuclear meltdown; the historic papal transition to elect Pope Francis; the Brazil World Cup; Russia’s war with Ukraine; terror strikes in Britain and France; the Congo conflict and North Korea’s nuclear brinksmanship. He has edited ground-breaking investigations into Nazis in the United States, nuclear smuggling, Central Asian forced sterilisations, Russian Olympic corruption and much else. Joji is an avid long-distance runner with four marathons under his belt. He writes travels stories for Momentum.travel and the New York Times, and as a “gastronaut” roams far and wide in search of unusual and sometimes bizarre things to eat. He graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford with a First in Modern Languages and tends to be based either in Japan or Slovenia’s Adriatic Coast.