APF Canada Accepting Applications for 2016 Foreign Press Centre of Japan Media Fellowship Program

February 18, 2016 - VANCOUVER, BC - The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is accepting applications on behalf of the Foreign Press Center of Japan (FPCJ) for the FPCJ’s 2016 Media Fellowship Program.

The program is designed to enable foreign journalists to broadcast or write articles that will give their audience accurate and up-to-date information on Japan with the goal of deepening friendly relations and mutual understanding between Japan and Canada.

 The broad themes of the 2016 program are:

G7 Summit and International Cooperation

  • Preliminary coverage of Ise-Shima Summit. (Covering the Summit itself (May26-27) is NOT possible).
  • International co-operation: international development (Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development), healthcare, high-quality infrastructure.

Contributions to Global Peace and Stability

  • Peacekeeping operations, peace building
  • Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation

Sustainable Growth and Vitalizing Local Economies

  • Vitalizing local economies: declining birth rate, aging population, healthcare, nursing care, multicultural coexistence.
  • Disaster prevention and reduction initiatives.
  • Japan as a tourism-oriented country: building attractive communities, traditional culture, food culture, pop culture.

Japanese Economic Recovery

  • Abenomics.
  • A society in which women shine.
  • Science and technology, Japanese companies.

2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics


The FPCJ covers the following expenses for each Journalist Fellow:

  • Return economy-class air tickets to and from Tokyo by the most direct route available
  • Accommodation fee for the duration of the fellowship, including breakfast
  • Per-diem (¥6,000 (C$70) per day; ¥3,000 (C$35) on the day of arrival and departure, and on the day of the FPCJ-hosted luncheon)
  • Return bus fare to and from Narita Airport and the Tokyo hotel
  • Travel expenses for any travel out of Tokyo to a city which is over 100 km one-way in Japan’s Railway calculation
  • Interpreters and escorts for interviews
  • Insurance for the duration of the fellowship

The itinerary will be determined based on each journalist’s requests. The recipients of the FPCJ Fellowships will spend between six nights and seven days and ten nights and eleven days in Japan. The journalists should provide FPCJ with an overview of which locations and people he or she would like to meet, and which topics he or she would like to discuss, preferably including a list of four or five questions for each intended interview. 

*Note: Due to the intensive nature of the Program, the FPCJ requests that participants be occupied with business activities on weekdays and reserve sightseeing and entertainment for the evenings and weekends.

To apply for the fellowship, interested journalists should request an application form (and if applicable provide any past article(s) on Japan or East Asia as a PDF attachment) via email to michael.roberts@asiapacific.ca. The deadline for applications to APF Canada is noon Pacific, March 4, 2016.

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About the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada:

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is a not-for-profit organization focused on Canada's relations with Asia. Our mission is to be Canada's catalyst for engagement with Asia and Asia’s bridge to Canada.

 A leader in research and analysis on Canada-Asia relations for over 30 years, APF Canada partners with government, business leaders, academics, and opinion makers in Canada and across the Asia Pacific region to offer clear, specific, and actionable policy advice.

Established by an Act of Parliament in 1984, APF Canada's thematic priorities include: promoting trade, investment, and innovation; mobilizing energy assets; building skills and competencies; and, understanding Asia now.

Visit APF Canada at www.asiapacific.ca

About the Foreign Press Center of Japan (FPCJ):

The Foreign Press Center of Japan (FPCJ) is a non-profit independent private organization established in October 1976. Its mission is to provide foreign journalists, both resident and visiting, with necessary assistance and co-operation for collecting accurate and up-to-date information on Japan and to disseminate valuable information sent out from many different places and fields in Japan to the world.    
Visit FPCJ at http://fpcj.jp/en/

For more information please contact:
Michael Roberts
Communications Manager
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
michael.roberts@asiapacific.ca
Office: 604-630-1527

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