Associate Members Liaison

Chair: TBA

The Associate Members Liaison Committee promotes the integration of the 1,600 Associate Members and Professional Associates with the main journalistic and professional activities of the Club. The transition to a Public Interest Association included the election in 2014 of three Associates to the Board of Directors to also widen the overall management expertise at the FCCJ.


Chair: Kunio Hamada

DeRoy Memorial Scholarship

Chairs: Abby Leonard, David Satterwhite

The DeRoy Memorial Scholarship Committee advises the board on disposition of the Club's scholarship fund, organizes workshops for student with an interest in journalism, meets with students members of the FCCJ, holds a fundraising party and the DeRoy Memorial Scholarship Contest.


Chairs: Ilgin Yorulmaz, Walter Sim

A quick look at our membership data shows that women make up only 250 (15 percent) of our members. Under-35 representation among us is even more alarming. 
The signs are clear: We really must make FCCJ more diverse and inclusive. To bolster our ranks, modernize our image, and ensure our survival, we set up a special Diversity Committee and have been organizing events featuring under-represented speakers and issues.
Any regular, professional associate, or associate member who cares about diversity can join. Help us reach people of color, age, different-abilities, ethnicity, gender, sexual and family orientation, and nationality who are under-represented in our membership! 
Email co-chairs Ilgin Yorulmaz ( or Walter Sim ( 

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From left: Members of the House of Councilors Yasuhiko Funago and Eiko Kimura at a press conference, “Being Disabled in Japan”, at the FCCJ on December 4, 2020. 

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Midnight Swan's leading actor Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and director / scriptwriter Eiiji Ushida attend a press conference at the FCCJ on October 9. 



Chair: Reed Stevenson 


Chair: Sandra Mori

The Entertainment Committee provides eclectic programs including cultural, musical, and educational offerings, as well as gourmet nights of international cuisine and sake tasting events that bring together and satisfy the divergent FCCJ membership. We celebrate our anniversary each year to remind us of our beginnings and to raise money for the DeRoy Scholarship Fund which provides support for young aspiring journalists.


Chair: Bruce Osborn

The Exhibition Committee arranges a regular schedule of exhibitions for display in various areas of the Club.
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Caption: Animal Refuge Kansai, November 2020
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Exhibition space
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Chair: Karen Severns

The Film Committee screens the only ongoing series of English/Japanese subtitled| sneak previews in Japan, a carefully curated lineup of award-winning films featuring hard-hitting social documentaries, hardcore indie releases and crowd-pleasing commercial titles, with a range of high-profile guests and invaluable filmmaker Q&A sessions.













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Chair: Willem Kortekaas

Food & Beverage

Chairs: Robert Kirschenbaum, Mehdi Bassiri

The Food & Beverage Committee is dedicated to bringing the best in food and beverages to the Club, served at the Main Bar, the Pen and Quill, and the Masukomi Sushi Bar. 

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Freedom of Press

Chair: Abby Leonard

The Freedom of Press Committee’s task is defined by Article 3 of the Articles of Association, which declares the FCCJ was established “to defend the freedom of the press and free exchange of information and, in so doing, to maintain and increase friendly relations and sympathetic understanding between Japan and other countries.

House & Property

Chair: Khaldon Azhari

The House & Property Committee is one of the standing committees of the FCCJ, chaired by the first vice-president of the club. It deals with most aspects of our facility management, except for IT equipment.

Human Resources

Chair: Khaldon Azhari

The Human Resources Committee assists the board and general manager regarding personnel and related matters, with the 2nd vice president as chair, understanding that all staff report to the general manager who implements all personnel policies and who reports to the board. The committee also acts as a grievance panel in staff disputes.

Information Technology

Chair: Albert Siegel

Oversees the non-web related tech, including POS, accounting, the membership Database, PCs, servers and networks.

Library, Archives & Workroom

Chairs: Koichi Ishiyama, Suvendrini Kakuchi

The Library Committee provides one of the most important services of the FCCJ-- organizing Book Break events on a monthly basis, inviting distinguished authors writing in English and Japanese, and compiling news resources and research.




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Press conference and events 



Chairs: Andrew Horvat, Peter O'Connor

The Membership Committee considers all applications for all categories of membership of the Club. It conducts regular reviews of all memberships to ensure memebers' qualifications are consistent with their status. The committee is actively concerned in maintaining and increasing membership and liaises closely with the Membership Marketing Committee.

Membership Marketing

Chair: Anthony Rowley

The Membership Marketing Committee undertakes a broad range of activities to attract new members.

Professional Activities (PAC)

Chairs: Fred Varcoe, Ayako Mie

The PAC Committee organizes press conferences and other events at the Club. Future events are decided by a group of working journalists that rotates every year.

Public Relations

Chair: Dan Sloan


Chair: Albert Siegel

The Publications Committee oversees the publishing of the Number 1 Shimbun, the FCCJ’s monthly magazine – available in print and online – showcasing articles by members of the Club on everything from global politics to Club news and activities.

Number 1 Shimbun


Special Projects

Chair: Haruko Watanabe

The Special Projects Committee organizes press and study tours, theater and museum visits, the Saturday Lunch with Shakespeare series and other events and activities not organized by other committees.


Chairs: Simon Farrell, Andy Sharp

Managing transition from the old FCCJ website to the new one in 2020 including the transfer, updating, editing and proofreading of membership data and information about the Club. 

Pic: pls take screen snapshot of new homepage 
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