The FCCJ is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious press clubs.
Founded in 1945 by reporters and photographers arriving in Japan at the end of World the War II, the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan (FCCJ) has been throughout its history “where news is made.” Presidents, Prime Ministers, corporate leaders, arts, cultural and sports celebrities from Japan and around the world, characters famous and infamous, have chosen the FCCJ to speak to the world.
Today, in spite of difficult times for the news media both in Japan and throughout the world, FCCJ remains a vital and active organization committed to promoting the free flow of information and assisting journalists in their work. In this regard, the club served as a hub for not only Japan-based journalists but hundreds of others from abroad who flew in following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan’s northeast. In addition to a regular series of professional events, including press conferences which form the core of the Club’s activities, the FCCJ offers a library and workroom for journalist members.
FCCJ Committees plan professional events such as news conferences and press tours, issue statements on threats to press freedom which they monitor closely both in the region and beyond, organize scholarships to provide financial support for university students interested in careers in journalism. The Club also hosts the Foreign Press in Japan which coordinates access to news events for both member and non-member journalists.
The FCCJ is unique in Japan in offering free access to all its news events to bona fide journalists regardless of affiliation and has advocated open access at exclusive press clubs and managed news events in Japan. However, demographic change, the collapse of the business model of the traditional news media, and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic have affected FCCJ’s ability to support the work of journalists and to advocate for open and equal access to information. The Club hopes to encourage financial assistance in the form of grants and donations from both individuals and foundations who share in its mission.
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