2017 US-JAPAN JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP
Four American journalists visited Japan on September 3–23, 2017, as part of the 2017 US-Japan Journalism Fellowship, which allowed them to gain a deeper understanding of Japanese policymaking and the dynamics of US-Japan relations.
Since 2015, this program has annually hosted four fellows for weeklong program of group meetings followed by one to two more weeks of individualized meetings and site visits. This year’s fellows met with a wide range of Diet members, government officials, nonprofit leaders, and entrepreneurs in Tokyo.
Then the fellows took individual reporting trips to places such as Hokkaido to report on the plight of communities caught up in a Russia-Japan territorial dispute, to rural Niigata towns along the Sea of Japan to learn about the civil defense preparations being taken because of the threat of a North Korean missile attack, and to farming communities in Northern Japan to discover how new trade deals are likely to affect beef farmers.
ARTICLES BY OUR FELLOWS
Susie Armitage writes on the relationship between Japan’s single moms, who face many challenges in Japan’s work culture, and the underpopulated areas that are developing programs to promote relocation.
Japan’s population is projected to shrink by a third by 2065. With small towns getting smaller, local governments are looking for creative ways to bring in new people.