Japan

Illuminating Today's Japan for American Audiences - 2017

One U.S.-based journalist will be selected for a 19-day reporting trip in Japan, to be conducted throughout the fall of 2017, in the fifth year of ICFJ's "Illuminating Today's Japan for American Audiences" program. The participating journalist will work with an experienced Japanese interpreter and fixer, and are expected to dig into the economic, social, cultural, environmental and energy-policy challenges facing the country.

Although the world is interconnected as never before, international news coverage is likely at an all-time low.

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Rob Hotakainen, a 2014 program participant, interviewing Shoichi Mizuno, president of Northern World, fur shop in Asakusa, Tokyo.

Illuminating Today's Japan for American Audiences - 2016

The application deadline for this program has passed.

Three U.S.-based journalists will be selected for 19-day reporting trips in Japan, to be conducted throughout the summer and fall of 2016, in the fourth year of ICFJ's "Illuminating Today's Japan for American Audiences" program. The participating journalists will work with an experienced Japanese interpreter and fixer, and are expected to dig into the economic, social, cultural, environmental and energy-policy challenges facing the country.

Illuminating Today's Japan and Inspiring New Perspectives for American Audiences

Five U.S.-based journalists were selected for 12-day reporting trips to Japan, conducted throughout the summer and fall of 2014, in the second year of ICFJ's "Illuminating Today's Japan for American Audiences" program. The participating journalists worked with an experienced Japanese interpreter and fixer, and dug into the economic, social, environmental and energy-policy challenges facing the country.

2012 program participant Chris Benderev interviews Japanese school children during his reporting trip to Japan.

Although the world is interconnected as never before, international news coverage is likely at an all-time low.

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Belogolova tours the Hamaoka nuclear power plant, which was ordered to close after the Fukushima nuclear accident. Some of her stories focused on shifts in Japan's energy policy since the nuclear meltdown. Courtesy of Olga Belogolova

Belogolova Picking Radishes

Belogolova interviews a farmer in Fukushima Prefecture. She wrote about rumors of food safety in the wake of the disaster. Courtesy of Olga Belogolova.

Control Room Simulation in Fukushima

Belogolova and her interpreter at the Hamaoka nuclear power plant observing a control room simulation of what happened during the Fukushima nuclear accident. Courtesy of Olga Belogolova.

Outside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant

Image courtesy of Olga Belogolova

Chris Benderev taken by Olga Belogolova

Image courtesy of Olga Belogolova