Goodbye Stefano Carrer: the passion for Japan and that flight with the Emperor

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The editorial staff of Sole 24 Ore mourns the death of Stefano Carrer, a colleague who has dedicated his entire career to our newspaper. A rigorous journalist, with a passion for the Orient

by Attilio Geroni

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Stefano Carrer in front of the Presidential Palace of Hanoi in Vietnam, during the historic visit of the Japanese Emperor Akihito. Carrer was the only Western journalist to follow the Emperor

The editorial staff of Sole 24 Ore mourns the death of Stefano Carrer, a colleague who has dedicated his entire career to our newspaper. A rigorous journalist, with a passion for the Orient

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Stefano Carrer left on an afternoon that was already summer, with full sun and clear sky with clouds. He had decided to spend a day of freedom on Wednesday in the Val d’Intelvi, above Lake Como. On Friday at 2 pm they found his body at the bottom of a cliff after 36 hours of research that also saw the use of helicopters and drones.

When this happens, you are stunned. Words die in your throat and anger, if all goes well, is only diluted with the sadness of memory. Stefano was 58 years old, he had been working at the Sole 24 Ore for about 30 years, the last ones he passed to the Foreign office, after having been correspondent from Japan, the United States and after having worked extensively in international finance.
I lose, let’s lose, a good and competent colleague. He was almost my neighbor, before the pandemic came and we all or almost all started working from home. The last time I saw him – we saw him – was last week by videoconference: long hair and a quarantine beard, before phase two brought us back to the sunlight and to the hairdressers.

Schivo, passionate lover of the Orient, was animated by an enviable passion and availability. He had left his heart in Japan, a country to which he had dedicated the most important and most exciting part of his professional career. And like all the good foreign correspondents or specialists of a particular country, at a certain point he had somatized it: one becomes so expert and passionate that it always feels right-duty to defend it, especially from commonplaces and approximations.

Al Sole 24 Ore had been one of the first to become passionate about video journalism. I remember his first job, from Fukushima, on one of his countless trips to that disaster and radioactive place. I called him to tell him that the video was a little amateurish, but it was a good start. On the other hand, contents were never amateur, precise, rich in information and interpretations. Every now and then, when he announced another reportage in the tsunami places – I think he hasn’t missed an anniversary since that fateful March 11, 2011 – I used to tease him a little, we made fun of him: «Evvai Stefano, please, but you’re not already radioactive enough? ‘

In recent years he had also dealt with Greece, the tiring rebirth of a country brought to its knees by the eurozone crisis and the austerity agreed with the creditors who had saved it, but at a high price for the population. Even there, the same method, classic of the best school of the Sole 24 Ore: basic rigor, fact analysis, comfort of numbers and reporter sensitivity, of those used to comparing their skills with the reality of facts and people. You can be empathetic and strict at the same time and he was.



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