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US-Japan Journalism Fellowship

JCIE US-Japan Journalism Fellowship
2017 Japan Program

Applications Now Closed
Program Start Date: September 3


JCIE’s US-Japan Journalism Fellowship will bring four American journalists to Japan in early September 2017 to gain a deeper understanding of key social and policy issues in Japan and the dynamics of US-Japan relations. Participants take part in a structured weeklong program of meetings with policymakers, societal leaders, and innovators, following which they stay in Japan for an additional one to two weeks of individualized meetings and site visits. Through this, they get a rare chance to discuss the pressing issues of the day with a wide range of leaders from different sectors of Japanese society. Learn more about our past programs.

Objectives

This program is intended to be educational in nature, investing in promising journalists whose reporting will benefit over the long term from a deeper understanding of US-Japan relations and Japanese politics, economics, society, and foreign policy. At a time when Asia is destined to play an increasingly prominent role in global affairs, the US relationship with Japan is a key to American policy in the region. By exposing participants to leaders and thinkers with a variety of viewpoints, the program aims to develop a cadre of journalists who have a sophisticated understanding of the complex dynamics that shape US-Japan relations and, more broadly, the US role in Asia. It also helps them develop their professional network with experts in the region.

Program

Intensive group program [September 3 – September 9]
The first week will include a set of meetings with top politicians, government officials from a range of ministries, business leaders, policy analysts, journalists, and civil society leaders. These will focus on both established and up-and-coming leaders who are at the center of key debates in Japanese society and international relations. Many of these meetings may be off-the-record. The purpose of the first week is to provide participants with a base of understanding on current Japanese politics and society.

Individualized program [September 10 – September 16 (min.)/September 23 (max.)]
The participants then will stay in Japan for one to two additional weeks for an individualized program that will allow them to explore one or two thematic issues of their choosing. For this, they will receive JCIE assistance in recommending and arranging individual meetings. JCIE will draw on its extensive networks in politics, policy circles, business, and civil society to help identify unique and interesting interviewees. Also, individual trips will be arranged outside of Tokyo.

The program will cover the costs of international airfare, lodging, required domestic travel in Japan, group meals, and a per diem for individual meals. For further information on what is and is not covered, click here.

2017 Program Expenses

What we can cover

  • Roundtrip economy class airfare to Japan
  • Accommodations
  • Airport transfer and ground travel as a group
  • Subsidy for program-related individual ground travel within Tokyo
  • Individual trip outside of Tokyo for interviews, including travel, lodging, meal & interpretation costs (maximum amount TBC)
  • Meals during group program
  • Per diem to cover meals on days when not arranged by JCIE
  • Group outings/cultural excursions
  • Some interpretation expenses for individual interviews

What we cannot cover

  • Private sightseeing & tourism
  • Souvenirs
  • Hotel phone bills, minibar, laundry, dry cleaning, etc...
  • Other arrangements that are not made by JCIE

Candidates

Ideal candidates will have the following background:

Expectations for participants

This is an educational program and the participants will be expected to participate in a number of group meetings with various policymakers and experts in the first week to gain a sophisticated understanding of Japan beyond the scope of their interest. Participants should be prepared to pursue two to three stories during the program, and should make clear in which outlet(s) they plan to publish them.

How to Apply

Journalists interested in being considered for the program are requested to submit the following by Monday, May 22, to Ms. Kiyoko Shiromasa (journalism@jcie.org) | 212-679-4130)

  1. Application form (MS Word File)
  2. Statement of interest (approx. 400~600 words)

    • What is particularly interesting to you about Japan and US-Japan relations?

    • How would this program benefit you at this point in your career and how will it inform your reporting going forward?

  3. Story ideas (300~500 words max)—A general overview of 2~3 stories that you will like to pursue in Japan and which outlet(s) you will plan to publish them in.
    **This will help us get a general sense of your interests. We understand that you may decide to pursue other angles during the program.

About JCIE

With offices in Tokyo and New York, JCIE is one of the leading policy institutes active in US-Japan relations. It has a long history of operating exchange programs for American and Japanese legislators, carries out policy research and dialogue projects on pressing international issues, and works to promote a greater understanding of civil society and philanthropy in Japan and the Asia Pacific region. An independent, nonpartisan and nongovernmental organization, JCIE/USA was founded in 1975 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization.

Funding for this program comes from a generous grant from the United States–Japan Foundation, a private American grantmaking foundation that promotes stronger ties between Americans and Japanese by supporting projects that foster mutual knowledge and education, deepen understanding, create effective channels of communication, and address common concerns in an increasingly interdependent world.