Japanese Film Project (JFP) is a non-profit organization that researches and makes proposals in order to examine and resolve issues surrounding gender inequalities, labor conditions and the lack of young talent in the Japanese film industry.
BACKGROUND AND GOALS
Compared to the rest of the world, Japan is behind in terms of gender equality and there is a lack of work-life balance, which has been normalized within a patriarchal society.
Now and in the past, various forms of harassment, poor compensation, and long working hours have been brought to attention in the Japanese film industry while the industry-at-large has been bemoaning the lack of young people working in production.
Despite this, there has never been adequate and practical investigations that can resolve these issues. Furthermore, there have been few initiatives that reflect the voices of young workers, women and on-set staff members. Most past initiatives have been led by film producers, directors and industry groups that are part of the higher echelon of “decision-makers” in the industry. JFP aims to survey not only these “decision-makers” but to actively incorporate the perspectives of workers on the field and think about designing systems that can be sustained in the Japanese film industry and be proposed as policy.
Our three pillars of activity are: Research, Advocacy and Action.
Filmmaker and artist. Works mainly in the field of documentary. His short documentary, Sculpture of Time and Place screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam and Japan Cuts in 2020. Founder of JFP.
She is a PhD candidate in the Division of Cinema and Media Studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Her research revolves around the topics across the fields of film, visual arts, and gender studies. Her academic engagements range from curatorial work to her research activities to reconsider Japanese film history from feminist perspectives.