Seven Decades after the Bomb, Children of Hiroshima Victims Still Worry about Hidden Health Effects

“Nakatani Etsuko says her father rarely spoke of the day that the world’s first atomic weapon killed 140,000 people in his city of Hiroshima, Japan. But she says he did mention one thing: ‘That there were so many dead bodies in the river, you couldn’t see the water.’ Etsuko’s father was a teacher in Hiroshima. […]

Japan Eases Immigration Restrictions to Fill Chronic Care Worker Shortage

In the past, Japan allowed mostly highly skilled professionals in the country. Now, due to severe labor shortages, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered the government to look into new policies that would attract less-skilled workers to fill additional jobs. But the government will have to go beyond simply easing employment restrictions.

How a Small Dairy Store from Ohio Became One of the Biggest Names in the Japanese Convenience Store Industry

Japan and the United States have a long history of not only economic competition, but also cultural exchange. In the U.S., for instance, sushi and anime are popular. And the Japanese long ago adopted baseball and jazz. If that’s old news to you, here’s one America-to-Japan export that might surprise you: US convenience stores.

Take Me Out to the Japanese Ball Game

Journalism Fellow Byron Tau dove into the world of Japanese baseball, exploring four stadiums around the country where visitors can take in the surreal rituals of Japanese baseball.

Abe’s Window of Time for Amending Japan’s Pacifist Constitution Narrows

Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau examines Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to amend the country’s pacifist constitution and the political realities he’s facing.

Why This Hiroshima Survivor Dedicated His Life to Searching for the Families of 12 American POWs

A moving portrait by our 2018 Journalism Fellow Ibby Caputo of Shigeaki Mori, a man who survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and made it his life’s mission to seek recognition for the 12 American POWs who lost their lives in the attack.

Postcard from a Japanese Steel Town

JCIE Journalism Fellow Adrian Ma, a reporter based in the American Midwest, explores Japan’s oldest steel town, Kamaishi.

Tokyo’s Best Karaoke Is Karaoke Sung Alone

A 2017 JCIE Journalism Fellow discovers the joys of “hitokara,” the private karaoke rooms for those who want to sing alone.

US-Japan Journalism Fellowship | 2018 Program

The 2018 US-Japan Journalism Fellowship Program brought four promising American journalists to Japan to gain a deeper understanding of Japanese policymaking and the dynamics of US-Japan relations.

Diversity in the Trump Era—A Dialogue with the US-Japan Journalism Fellows

In a June 29 public seminar, four fellows participating in JCIE’s 2018 US-Japan Journalism Fellowship reflected on how issues related to diversity are manifested in American politics and society today.