Noteworthy Press Releases from Japan

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This page introduces noteworthy press releases for the foreign press.

The FPCJ helps build connections between foreign press researching stories about specific topics and regions in Japan, and organizations including businesses, universities, and government at the local and national level.

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  • 株式会社シェアウィング

    お寺とベンチャー企業がタッグを組んだ お寺プロジェクト第2弾

    This press release is available in Japanese only.

  • Yumi Katsura International Co., Ltd

    BEYOND EAST & WEST (Event Report)

    Traditional Japanese Craftsmanship presented to the world at the State Guest House, Akasaka Palace (February 20, 2018) Event Report   Yumi Katsura International and its president, the fashion designer Yumi Katsura, held floor shows featuring 60 kimono and dresses created using traditional Japanese handicraft techniques. These shows help convey both in Japan and overseas the innovati...


    Symposium in the R&D focus area “Designing a Sustainable Society through Intergenerational Co-creation” (Mar 2, 2018)

    This press release is available in Japanese only.

  • PACIFICO Yokohama

    Official and popular names decided for the new Minato Mirai MICE facility opening in spring 2020

    The new facility, including one of the largest multi-purpose halls in Japan, can respond to increasing demand in the MICE market. PACIFICO Yokohama (official name: Pacific Convention Plaza Yokohama; location: Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan; President and Representative Director: Takashi Suzuki), one of the largest MICE*1 complexes in Japan, is delighted to announce that the official...

  • Ito City

    【Press Announcement】6th All-Japan Pillow Fighting Tournament in Ito Onsen

    Pillow fights are a normal part of school trips in Japan, when several students sleep in the same hotel room and start throwing pillows at each other. Known for its onsen (hot springs), Ito City in Shizuoka is the first place in Japan to turn pillow fights into a competitive sport. This unique event in which competitors can relieve stress by throwing pillows at each other is held in order to pr...

  • Miyazaki Prefecture

    [Notice] Shochu Nonjoruno Miyazaki in Tokyo 2018, Media Presentation and Tasting

    ****************************************** Time and Date: 16:30-18:00, Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (Registration opens at 16:00) Location: Asakusa View Hotel, 4F (3-17-1 Nishiasakusa. Taito, Tokyo) ******************************************   Miyazaki Prefecture, located in the southeast of Kyushu, has ...

  • Kobe City


    This press release is available in Japanese only.

  • NIRA Nippon Institute for Research Advancement

    Press Conference (Feb.5): Structural Reforms for Regional Revitalization in Japan

    =================================================================== Press Conference on Structural Reforms for Regional Revitalization in Japan                Dr. Tatsuo Hatta, one of the core supporters for regulatory reforms in Japan, and two other Japan’s              leading academics explain the key issues on structural reforms for regional revitalization in Japan. =============...

  • Ministry of the Environment, Japan

    The Ministry of the Environment to Cohost “Update Fukushima,” a Panel Discussion

    The Ministry of the Environment , Japan(MOEJ) will cohost a Panel Discussion “Update Fukushima”—Cheer Fukushima by Knowing It More and Sharing That Knowledge More, to be hosted by the Update Fukushima Executive Committee and held at the United Nations University’s U Thant International Conference Hall (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) on Saturday, February 10, 2018. While environmental recovery in Fukushima...


    POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, INC. joins the MIT Media Lab Consortium

    POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, INC. (Headquarters: Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan; President: Kazuya Kugimaru) of the POLA ORBIS Group will join the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab*1as a Consortium*2Lab Member (CLM) as part of a new mid-term management plan that looks toward the group’s approaching 100th anniversary in 2029. Becoming a CLM will spark creativity and ...

  • Toyama Prefecture

    Registration Closed【Lunch Presentation】Know and Taste the Wonders of Toyama Prefecture (Thu. February 1st)

    We have closed registration since there are no more openings available. Thank you!   - Date: Thu. February 1st from 11:00 to 13:00 (reception desk will open at 10:30) - Location: Toyama Hamasaku in the Nihonbashi Toyama (Nihonbashi Daiei Building 1F, 1-2-6 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo City, Tokyo) ===============================================   -- “Know and Taste the Wonders o...

  • Toyama City, Toyama Television Broadcasting

    Notice: Toyama City Press Tour (Jan. 22, 2018)

    *This tour is targeted at foreign media   With the declining birthrate and aging population, increasing the number of permanent residents is a goal of regional cities throughout Japan. With nuclear families and households where both parents work now common, policies to assist families in raising children are an urgent issue for society as a whole, including businesses and local communiti...

  • Ministry of the Environment, Japan

    New Website Segment on Fukushima Environmental Remediation Updates Content, Offers Overseas TV Shows Produced with MOEJ Cooperation

    The MOEJ cooperates with the production of select broadcast programs aired overseas to help widely communicate correct information on Fukushima and eliminate misconceptions about the area. The ministry has added this new website segment to allow users to view such programs, free of charge. Specifically, the MOEJ has so far cooperated with the production of certain programs aired mostly in Sou...

  • Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture

    PR Office for Public Call for Project Proposals for Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL

    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) and the Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) are proceeding a “Tokyo Cultural Program”(*1) in order to create a big wave to achieve a society based on arts and culture towards 2020 and hand it over to future generations.       This call, inviting innovative and creative plans and ideas involving m...

  • IUCN

    Unsustainable food systems threaten wild crop and dolphin species

    Embargoed until: 07:00 GMT (16:00 JST) 5 December 2017 -------------------------------------------- Elaine Paterson, IUCN Media Relations, t+44 1223 331128, email Goska Bonnaveira, IUCN Media Relations, m +41 792760185, email [In Japan] Cheryl-Samantha MacSharry, IUCN Media Relations, t+44 1223 331128, email samantha.macsharry@iucn...

  • University of Chicago

    Japanese Government Awards University of Chicago Economist Raaj Sah for Economic and Financial Policy Work

    Professor Raaj Sah has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, by the Government of Japan on behalf of the Emperor of Japan, for his analysis of economic and financial policies. He is Professor of Public Policy and Economics, at the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy.   Conferred on behalf of the Emperor of Japan in Autumn 2017, the award ...

  • OG Wellness Technologies Co.,Ltd.

    OG Wellness will introduce cutting-edge care systems at MEDICA 2017 (Nov. 13-16/Dusseldorf, Germany)

    Cutting-edge Care Systems! creating “a society where people remain active throughout their whole lives”     OG Wellness (OG Wellness Technologies Co. Ltd., Headquarters: Okayama, Japan, President & Representative Director: Mr. Hiroshi Okuda) will be exhibiting at MEDICA 2017, the world’s largest medical industry trade fair, to be held from November 13-16, 2017 in Dusseldorf, G...

  • JR Central

    JR Central Announces “Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen Reservation App”

    JR Central and JR West released a new free smartphone app, the Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen Reservation App through which users may purchase tickets for the Tokaido Sanyo bullet train line, Japan’s main artery connecting Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Hakata and other destinations. Please download:    For travelers and businesspeople visit...

  • Tokyo Dome City

    Takashi Amano NATURE AQUARIUM Exhibition will be held at Tokyo Dome City (Nov. 8 – Jan.14)

    Takashi Amano NATURE AQUARIUM Exhibition will be held in Gallery AaMo, Tokyo Dome City  November 8th, 2017 to January 14th, 2018 Takashi Amano, popularized as “The Master of Aquascape,”will be featured in an exhibition showcasing his wildly unique and visionary series of aquariums where natural ecosystems are meticulously re...

  • Miraikan

    [Notice] Press event “Science Centre World Summit 2017”

    November 15 (Wed), 2017, 16:00 –18:45     ※This event is targeted at foreign media     In a period from November 15th to 17th, Miraikan - the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo will host the Science Centre World Summit 2017 (SCWS2017) where representatives of science centres from around the world will gather to discuss new roles science centres...

  • Niigata City and the Niigata International Food Award Foundation

    [Notice] Niigata’s Food and Agriculture Presentation Session and Reception

    Niigata City is famous throughout Japan as a production center of various agricultural products, including the most delicious rice in Japan. It is a treasure trove of food, with thriving food businesses that make full use of Niigata’s abundant produce. In 2014, the Japanese government designated Niigata City as an Agricultural Special Zone. This prompted Niigata City to invite companies to en...

  • Greek Chamber of Commerce in Japan

    Event announcement: Meeting&Presentation with Alexis PAPAHELAS

    The recent Austrian and German election results came as a surprise to many. Complex issues such as geopolitics, immigration and technology will increasingly dictate future developments worldwide. Mainstream analyses fall short in making sense of societal turmoil and small bubbles are making pockets of society – across the whole spectrum – more and more isolated from each other. Where will this ...

  • Nihon Onkyo Engineering Co., Ltd.

    Press Tour Notice: Experience “Acoustic Grove System (AGS)”

    **This press tour is only for foreign media and embassies.**   [About the Event]  This event has been created for those who want to hear their favorite music on the best and finest Japanese sound system.   Nihon Onkyo Engineering Co., Ltd., one of Japan’s leading companies that designs sound related. On October 27th (Friday), we will invite to our laboratory in Chiba Prefecture ...

  • Meiji University

    “Local Meijiros” Take Flight in All 47 Prefectures!

    As part of celebrations to mark Meijiro’s 10th birthday, the official university mascot, Meiji University created a different version of Meijiro for each of Japan’s 47 prefectures.   Meijiro, the official mascot of Meiji University, is based on the motif of an owl, known as the “wise creature of the forest.” It features school color bluish purple wings and large eyes that see far into the dis...

  • Shizuoka Prefecture Tokyo Office

    Shizuoka Press Tour

    Date of tour: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Organizer: Shizuoka Prefecture Tokyo Office *This press tour is for the foreign media. Wasabi is an essential ingredient of Japanese cuisine, and clean water is essential for wasabi’s cultivation. Shizuoka Prefecture, which looks up at the nearby Mount Fuji, a World Heritage site, and has abundant clean water, is the birthplace of wasabi cultivat...

  • Chiba Prefecture

    【Press Preview】Visit Japan’s Largest Floating Mega Solar Power Plant on a Dam Reservoir

    *This press event is for foreign press only. *This event is organized and sponsored by Chiba Prefecture, with the FPCJ handling applications.   This press event will introduce a project to install and operate a floating mega-solar power plant at the Yamakura Dam in Chiba Prefecture, with the largest production capacity of its type in Japan, as an example of renewable energy initiativ...

  • Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

    Notice: Press Tour for Tokushima Indigo Dyeing

    Tokushima City and JETRO Tokushima will hold a press tour in this October to provide foreign media in Japan with the opportunities to experience historical Tokushima Indigo dyeing or “Awa-Ai”, through visiting local Indigo dyeing companies, having interest in expanding their products worldwide. You will also be able to try the actual dyeing process on your own. This will surely be a spectacular...

  • OG Wellness Technologies Co., Ltd

    Coverage of New Assisted-bathing system to be unveiled at Int’l Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition (H.C.R. 2017)

    As the aging society progresses, demand is growing for a bathing equipment for use by care recipients such as bedridden and wheelchair-bound bathers. Rehabilitation equipment manufacturer OG Wellness Technologies Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Okayama, Japan; President & Managing Director: Mr. Hiroshi Okuda) has successfully developed a new Shower Bath model for use by care recipients, which will...

  • Meiji University

    Just released: “Incredible Senseis at Meiji University,” a new video series showcasing Meiji’s world-class research!

    The videos make the results of our university’s cutting-edge research, which aims to contribute to society, easily accessible to and engaging for a broad general audience, rather than simply to other researchers. They combine animation and explanations by the researchers themselves, paired with catchy music and narration to create highly ingenious and attractive movies. Meiji University’s int...

  • Setouchi city, Okayama Prefecture

    The Video ‘Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword’ took the world by surprise!

    Setouchi city would be pleased to welcome journalists who wish to come visit and cover what Setouchi has to offer. English, Spanish and French speaking staffs are available. Please send an email to the address provided below.   Setouchi city is located in the south east part of Okayama prefecture. Around half of the existing swords were made around this area, the city being thus dubbed '...

  • Ministry of the Environment, Japan

    English version of Manga: Nasubi no Gimon—Food Edition is Available!

    Thank you again for your kind support after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011. After six years, people in the areas affected by this catastrophic event are working together for reconstruction and revitalization, as well as environmental remediation, along with the national, prefectural and local governments.   The Japanese Ministry of the Environment has been publicly communi...


    Press Event Notice: FOOMA JAPAN 2017 Press Tour

    Date: June 14 (Wed), 2017 9:30-12:00 Organizer: FOOMA JAPAN Secretariat *This press tour is only for foreign media.   FOOMA JAPAN(INTERNATONAL FOOD MACHINERY & TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION)is a largest comprehensive trade show for food machinery and food processing technologies in Asia. It is held in Tokyo Big Sight and draws 100,000 visitors each year from all over the world. In 2017 it ...

  • World of Engay-Foods

    Symposium on “Japanese Engay (easy-to-swallow)-foods” to support a super aging society

    The Engay-Foods Symposium for foreign media and embassies will be held on February 3, 2017 (Fri.). As the first super aging society, Japan faces increasing numbers of patients with swallowing disorders (dysphagia) due to aging and disease. Because dysphagia limits the foods that can be eaten, it can be accompanied by problems such as aspiration pneumonia, undernutrition, dehydration and depriva...

  • Foreign Press Center Japan

    Press Release Listing Service Begins

    -Press Release Listing Service Begins Foreign Press Center Japan (Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda, Tokyo; President Kiyotaka Akasaka; FPCJ below) will be starting a new Press Release Listing Service. The FPCJ will list press releases from local and national government bodies, universities, businesses, and other organizations that want to release information targeting a foreign audience, on its website ...

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