This page contains answers to frequently-asked questions about the Foreign Press Center/ Japan (FPCJ). These answers include the activities and outline of FPCJ, the privileges that our supporting members have, etc.
- What is the FPCJ?
The mission of our center is dissemination of information from Japan to other countries by proactively supporting foreign media in Japan as a koueki-zaidan-hojin non-profit organization. We are sometimes mistaken for, FCCJ, the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, which is an organization of foreign correspondents in Japan, who set it up themselves to effectively gain access to news sources.
- Where do the resources of FPCJ come from?
The main sources of our funding include from fees for work done for government offices, and also from donations by supporting members. Our center was originally established in 1976 through funding provided by the Nihon Shinbun Kyokai (Japan Newspaper Publishers& Editors Association) and Keidanren (the Japan Business Federation). We began as a non-profit organization (zaidan-hojin) and registered under a new law as a public interest incorporated foundation (koueki-zaidan-hojin) in 2011.
- What kind of service does FPCJ provide to foreign journalists?
FPCJ facilitates news gathering by the foreign press in Japan and dissemination of information from Japan to other countries through the media. There are currently 493 reporters affiliated with 179 media organizations from 31 countries and regions working in Japan to transmit news from Japan to the world (data gathered by the FPCJ as of January 31, 2017; for list by country/region, click here). Many journalists from media organizations abroad also visit Japan for news gathering.
- How much does it cost to organize a press tour and what is the impact?
The cost of press tours can vary depending on the destination, the number of participants, the length (same-day return, staying overnight), and other factors. The main costs include transportation from Tokyo and back (Shinkansen/airplane tickets, etc.), transportation during the tour (chartered bus), accommodations, meals, and interpreter fees. When commissioning the FPCJ to organize the tour, there will also be separate charges for services provided (planning and coordination fees, tour advertising fees). For an estimate, please contact the FPCJ Media Relations Division with a specific plan.
Foreign Press Center/Japan
Tel: 03-3501-3405 or 03-3501-5070
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Cooperation for Press Tours
Reporters on the press tours write articles, take photos, or create videos based on what they have observed during the tours. This reporting is then transmitted all over the world and contributes to informing the public in other countries about conditions in Japan. Foreign correspondents in Tokyo view these press tours as valuable opportunities to visit other parts of Japan and make direct contact with news sources. Press tours also have a positive effect on readers and viewers since the articles are produced by professional journalists from their own countries.
Assistance for individual reporting
- I would like to distribute press releases to foreign journalists in Tokyo to inform them of various events.
The FPCJ offers its own Press Release Distribution Service (by e-mail and fax) to foreign press organizations and foreign embassies in Japan. Users from approximately 190 foreign press organizations and 120 foreign embassies are currently registered for this service. This service is used to distribute press releases at the request of enterprises, organizations, and the central and local governments. It can also be used to announce news presentations and press conferences or other events for the foreign press in Japan.
Foreign Press Center/Japan
Tel: 03-3501-5251 (Strategic Communications Division)
Press Release Distribution Service
- How many foreign media organizations and reporters are working in Japan?
There are currently 493 reporters affiliated with 179 media organizations from 31 countries and regions working in Japan to transmit news from Japan to the world (data gathered by the FPCJ as of January 31, 2017; for list by country/region, click here).
About FPCJ Supporting Membership
- What type of FPCJ activities do Supporting Members assist?
All FPCJ's activities: press briefings by experts and government officials, and press tours covering all over Japan for the foreign media in Japan; fellowship/invitation programs for foreign journalists; and others. For details click the following:
Press Briefing, Press Tours, Fellowship/Invitation Program, Individual Media Assistance
- What privileges do Supporting Members have?
1. Free participation in our symposiums, seminars and get-togethers with foreign journalists
2. Free participation as observers in press conferences and get-togethers sponsored by FPCJ
3. Supporting Members have a space in our office to display and distribute their information materials, etc.
4. Discount use of FPCJ's press-release distribution service meant to the foreign media and embassies in Japan
5. Discount rental of FPCJ's large or small conference room
6. Information transmission via the FPCJ website
7. Acceptance of trainees from Supporting Member companies/organizations
- Can the membership fee be used for a tax break?
The annual membership fee qualifies for a tax break as a donation. FPCJ became a public interest incorporated foundation in April 2011. A corporate body that gives a donation to a public interest incorporated foundation is given tax incentives; in addition to the "general deducible expense" that the corporate tax code normally allows, it can be eligible for the "deducible expense concerning a donation to a specified public interest enhancement corporation." For details refer to the "guide to the new tax codes related to public interest incorporated foundations" on the website of the National Tax Agency. (Tax System on Donations, 8 pages)
"guide to the new tax codes related to public interest incorporated foundations"