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The FCCJ Freedom of the Press Awards

The FCCJ Freedom of the Press Awards exist to confer due recognition upon journalists whose work represents the finest in defense of free speech, open society, and democratic accountability, with a particular eye to issues connected with, or touching on the Japanese experience. Prizes are awarded in five categories. Nominations deadline: April 23


The Awards(報道賞)

  • Japan Investigative Journalism Awards〔日本調査報道賞〕
    These will be awarded for one or more worthy works done on a Japan-related topic that is first published, broadcast or otherwise transmitted between March 31 the previous year to March 31 the year of the award. The work can be a single story or series, and can be authored, written or produced by a journalist based within or outside Japan. The work should be about something the authorities or parties involved did not want known to the public and was brought to light due to diligent work. Awarded annually.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award(報道功労賞)
    Given to a journalist or individual who has dedicated their life to promoting freedom of the press and freedom of speech. Candidates must be based in Japan. Awarded only if a suitable candidate is found.

  • Friend of the Free Press(自由報道の盟友)
    Candidates must be based in Japan and can include lawyers, activists, whistleblowers, those working on a campaign for freedom of press, among others. Awarded annually.

  • Publication of the Year(年間最優秀出版賞)
    Given to a publication or website based in Japan for general excellence in investigative journalism. Awarded annually.

  • Fallen Hero(他界の英雄)
    Awarded to a journalist killed in action. Candidates based within or outside Japan are eligible. Awarded only if suitable candidate is found.


Eligibility for Nominators(推薦者の資格)
Anyone who belongs to one of the organizations listed below, or who works for a recognized media organization in Japan can make a nomination. Journalists may nominate their own work.

  • Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan(外国特派員協会)
  • Japan National Press Club(日本記者クラブ)

  • The Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association(日本新聞協会)

  • Free Press Association of Japan(日本自由報道協会)

  • Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association(日本民間放送連盟)

  • Japan Magazine Publishers Association(雑誌協会)
  • AAJA (Asian American Journalists Association)

  • Japan PEN Club(日本ペンクラブ)

  • Internet News Association of Japan(日本インターネット報道協会)

  • Other(その他)/ Other submissions' acceptance to be decided by the committee




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