Sho Beppu studied political science at both Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan, and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France. He joined NHK as a correspondent in 1994. After reporting in Japan for several years, he began covering the Middle East extensively during postings to Baghdad, Cairo and Dubai. Sho has also worked as a correspondent at the United Nations in New York. And he's reported on political and diplomatic issues from Japan during assignments at the Prime Minister's Office and the Foreign Ministry. Recognition for his work includes the Golden Nymph Award from the Monte Carlo Television Festival for coverage of the Iraq War and the Gold Prize for broadcast media (TV & Radio) from the UN Correspondents Association for a report from Somalia. Sho is fluent in Japanese, French and English, and he speaks basic Arabic.