Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ) was started in 1945 to provide infrastructure for foreign journalists working in Post-World War II Japan. Historically, the club has been located in the area around Ginza.

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ)
Nihon Gaikoku Tokuhain Kyokai
FormationSeptember 1945
Koeki Shadan Hojin (public-interest incorporated association)
HeadquartersYurakucho Denki Building
2,000 [1]

Today, the club offers a workroom facility, a library, a restaurant, a bar, and a steady stream of local and international speakers and panels, for its members. Its facilities are housed on the 19th and 20th floors of the Yurakucho Denki North Building in Yūrakuchō.

FCCJ publishes the monthly No. 1 Shimbun.[2]


Past presidents[3] include legendary war correspondent John Rich, leading "China watcher" John Roderick, later editor of the Chicago Sun-Times Frank Devine, 1951 Pulitzer Prize winner Max Desfor, and Burton Crane, also well known as a singer for Columbia Records, singing Japanese-language versions of popular Westerns songs of the day, becoming known as the "Bing Crosby of Japan".[4]


Club membership is around 2,000, with over 300 foreign correspondents (and their Japanese counterparts) as well as over 200 professional associates, mostly working for local media. Associate members number around 1,500 and include entrepreneurs, business executives, other professionals as well as authors and artists.[1]


The FCCJ is not a member of the International Association of Press Clubs but has reciprocal agreements with a number of Foreign Correspondents' Clubs in Asia and North America:[5]

See also


  1. "FCCJ - History".
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2009-12-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "FCCJ - Past Presidents".
  4. To Tell the Truth, 20 March 1961
  5. "FCCJ - Reciprocal Clubs".
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