2018 US-JAPAN JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP
The US-Japan Journalism Fellowship Program brings promising American journalists to Japan 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 a weeklong program of group meetings with policymakers, social leaders, and innovators in Japan, followed by one to two more weeks of individualized meetings and site visits.
ARTICLES BY OUR FELLOWS
Postcard from a Japanese Steel Town
JCIE Journalism Fellow Adrian Ma, a reporter based in the American Midwest, explores Japan’s oldest steel town, Kamaishi.
Why This Hiroshima Survivor Dedicated His Life to Searching for the Families of 12 American POWs
A moving portrait by our 2018 Journalism Fellow Ibby Caputo of Shigeaki Mori, a man who survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and made it his life’s mission to seek recognition for the 12 American POWs who lost their lives in the attack.
Abe’s Window of Time for Amending Japan’s Pacifist Constitution Narrows
Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau examines Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to amend the country’s pacifist constitution and the political realities he’s facing.
Take Me Out to the Japanese Ball Game
Journalism Fellow Byron Tau dove into the world of Japanese baseball, exploring four stadiums around the country where visitors can take in the surreal rituals of Japanese baseball.
Japan Trade Officials and Companies Take a Nuanced Approach to US Tariffs
Adrian Ma explores the impact of the Trump administration’s 25 percent tariff on imported steel on Japan. How are Japanese companies and trade officials feeling about the president’s efforts to turn the economic screws? The answer varies a lot depending on whether you’re talking about steel production or auto manufacturing.
How a Small Dairy Store from Ohio Became One of the Biggest Names in the Japanese Convenience Store Industry
Japan and the United States have a long history of not only economic competition, but also cultural exchange. In the U.S., for instance, sushi and anime are popular. And the Japanese long ago adopted baseball and jazz. If that’s old news to you, here’s one America-to-Japan export that might surprise you: US convenience stores.
Seven Decades after the Bomb, Children of Hiroshima Victims Still Worry about Hidden Health Effects
“Nakatani Etsuko says her father rarely spoke of the day that the world’s first atomic weapon killed 140,000 people in his city of Hiroshima, Japan.