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EMBARGOED: US radio show gets award for covering Japan slump.

NEW YORK, April 27 Kyodo

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The Overseas Press Club of America presented an award Thursday to U.S. public radio's daily business show, Marketplace, for a series of stories last year on Japan's economic slump as seen from an exclusive Tokyo bar.

The club, made up mostly of former and current U.S. foreign correspondents, presented the 1999 award for ''best broadcast business reporting'' to Marketplace's Tokyo Bureau Chief Jocelyn Ford, who reported the series from a bar stool of a members-only club in Ginza.

The year-long series introduced Ginza's declining members club system, and followed the fate of the club owner, who in the wake of dwindling corporate expense accounts was forced to close down her exclusive club at the end of last year.

''Foreign corespondents in Tokyo came to dub the economic slump in Japan the 'invisible recession' because even at the peak, many shops and restaurants were still bustling. So...Jocelyn Ford hit the streets to find a way to put a human face on the recession,'' Foreign Editor Karen Lowe of Marketplace Productions said.

Ford, a resident in Japan since 1981, has been working for Marketplace since 1994, covering events in Japan and Asia. She worked for Kyodo News from 1986 to 1994.
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