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Kyodo's Oikawa, Asahi's Usanami awarded Vaughn-Uyeda Prize.

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A Kyodo News correspondent and the chief of the Asahi Shimbun's Asian General Bureau have been chosen as recipients of the 2001 Vaughn-Uyeda Prize, which honors contributions made by Japanese journalists in the field of international affairs, the prize's selection committee said Thursday.

Hitoshi Oikawa, 40, a Kyodo correspondent based in Moscow, will be awarded the prize for his intensive reporting on developments in Afghanistan following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

After becoming the first Japanese reporter Sept. 22 to enter northern Afghanistan, Oikawa led the pack in filing a report Oct. 7 saying U.S. forces would attack Kabul later in the day.

Yusaku Usanami, 56, will receive the award for his 20 years of reporting on Asia, which has been praised for reflecting actual conditions in the multiethnic societies in Asia.

The awards will be conferred in March.

Oikawa, a native of Iwate Prefecture, joined Kyodo News in 1985. After serving as a Belgrade bureau chief, he was posted to Moscow in 1998.

Usanami, born in Fukuoka Prefecture, joined the Asahi in 1969. After working at Bangkok and New Delhi bureaus, he has been the chief of Asahi's Asian General Bureau since 2000.

The Vaughn-Uyeda Prize was created to honor the late Miles W. Vaughn, a former vice president of U.S. news agency United Press International, and the late Sekizo Uyeda, a former president of Japanese advertising agency Dentsu Inc.
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