Why join the FCCJ?
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) was founded in 1945 to provide housing and the opportunity to socialize for journalists reporting on events of post-war Japan. Today, the FCCJ is one of the world’s leading media collectives, the peer of institutions like the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Our membership includes about 500 journalists who represent most of the world’s leading media outlets as well as major Japanese media. Overall, we have about 1,800 members, including many well-known figures in business, government and the diplomatic corps.
Attendance at Members-Only Professional and Social Events
Invitations to all press luncheons and conferences. Notable speakers from the past include General Douglas McArthur, the Dalai Lama, Jimmy Carter, George Bush Sr., Jacques Chirac, and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. More recent speakers include the film director Oliver Stone, singer/songwriter Cyndi Lauper, Italian football star Roberto Baggio, Thailand’s former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Junichiro Koizumi, Shinzo Abe, Yuriko Koike, and almost every other influential Japanese government minister since the club was founded.
- Extensive collection of books, journals, newspapers, and video rentals
- Free access to premium databases including WSJ and Nikkei
- Audio archives of press conferences and selected Club events
- Work space for Regular Members and Guest Journalists only
- Exclusive workroom
- Research support and interview arrangements
- Journalist Information Service informing Members about media events in Tokyo and the Kanto region
Dining and Parties
- Main Bar: Casual venue with affordable prices and special live music performances every Saturday
- Pen & Quill: Fine dining overlooking the Imperial Palace, featuring Sunday brunch buffet and holiday-themed dinners
- Masukomi Sushi Bar: Exquisite Japanese cuisine in modern atmosphere
- Priority reservation and competitive rates on banquet and meeting facilities
- Periodically arranged golf tournaments
Arts and Culture
- Film screenings including exclusive sneak previews of new releases. One example was the first-ever Japan screening of The Cove that later won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2010. Japanese film screenings include talks with directors and stars.
- Award-winning monthly art and photo exhibitions in the Main Bar and Sushi Bar
- Live concerts every Saturday evening
- Events with famous authors, singers and artists
Special Events and Services
- Press tours to locations such as Iwo Jima, Subaru factories, and whale hunting villages
- Industry roundtables
- “Book Breaks” featuring talks by authors
- The Deep Dive series offers in-depth perspectives from leading experts on key business and social issues
- New website offering live streaming, connectivity to social media sites, responsive design for smart phones and tablets and the Number 1 Shimbun with links to articles by Club Members. (Includes access to Members-only content.)
- Museum visits
- “Saturday Lunch with Shakespeare,” including talks by scholars and media personalities
- Discount tickets for theater and Broadway musicals with pre-performance brunch and champagne
- Vaudeville-style traditional rakugo and pop culture events
- Themed cuisine and entertainment such as Cuban Night, Hawaiian Night, Gourmet Evening and Beer Night
- Wine and sake tastings
- Free wireless LAN throughout the Club facility
- Half-price parking at the Marunouchi Nijubashi Bldg.
- Subscription to the FCCJ Member magazine, Number 1 Shimbun
- Reciprocal arrangements with press clubs all over the world