From Reporter to Love Porter | Afshin Valinejad | TEDxKyoto

Afshin Valinejad has been a successful journalist for many years covering major conflicts, events and disasters in his native Iran as well as Afghanistan and beyond. However as a freelance journalist covering the aftermath of Japan’s 3/11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, he discovered a deeper purpose to his own life and a deeper interpretation of love.

Born in Tehran, Iran in 1966, Afshin Valinejad began his professional career in 1993 working as assistant bureau chief in Tehran for the Yomiuri Shimbun. From 1996 to 2002 he was an Associated Press correspondent covering major events, conflicts and disasters in the region, including the war in Afghanistan and the influx of Kurdish and Afghan refugees. He then went on to serve as broadcast specialist for NHK World in Tokyo. Now a freelance journalist, Afshin has made over 60 visits to the disaster zones following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. Along
the way he has taken thousands of photos of Japan’s 3/11 triple disaster, sharing his thoughts and photographs in dozens of presentations including university lectures, workshops, seminars in Iran and Japan, and in photo exhibitions in JICA Tokyo, NIKON Plaza Ginza and in Iran.

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