APF Canada Accepting Applications for 2014 Foreign Press Centre Japan Media Fellowship Program

March 5, 2014 - Vancouver, BC - The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is accepting applications on behalf of the Foreign Press Center Japan (FPCJ) for its 2014 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.

The broad themes of the 2014 program are:

  • Topics related to Japan’s diplomacy

And topics related to the FPCJ’s Themes for Transmission of Information 2014, which include the following:

  • Preparing for large-scale disasters in light of the lessons learned from the 3/11 disaster
  • Sustainable growth and social development as strengths of Japan
  • The revival of the Japanese economy
  • Japanese politics, economy, diplomacy, security and human exchange in East Asia
  • 2010 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 per day; ¥3,000 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. Generally, 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. 

To apply for the fellowship, interested journalists should submit a CV, a selection of articles or links to broadcast stories done by the journalist, and a proposal on the topics that the journalist intends to write or produce stories on, and when the journalist would prefer to visit Japan. Applications must be submitted to jillian.oliver@asiapacific.ca by March 19, 2014. 

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About the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is an independent resource for Canadians on contemporary Asia and Canada-Asia relations. As a national not-for-profit organization established by an Act of Parliament in 1984, the Foundation brings people and knowledge together to provide the most current and comprehensive research, analysis and information on Asia and on Canada’s transpacific relations. Visit APF Canada at www.asiapacific.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Jillian Oliver
Communications Manager
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Office: 604-630-1536

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