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.



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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.

Research issues around gender inequalities and labor practices in the Japanese film industry.
Share research results widely with the public through talks and symposiums and encourage discussions and debates.
Make recommendations toward the construction of a system that can be sustained by the film industry.


Tatsuhito Utagawa

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.

Erina Ito

Journalist. Reported on film festivals around the world in the midst of the #MeToo movement and began to get increasingly interested in issues around gender inequalities in the film industry. Currently on leave from her position at a newspaper company since April 2020 and is based in Los Angeles. She is a Fulbright journalist.

Takashi Nishihara

Film and television director.Works include About My Liberty: SEALDS 2015 (Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival), which recorded student social movements in Japan and Living in Deafblindness, which followed the daily lives of disabled people. His most recent work, Sisterhood was screened at Busan International Film Festival. He is an active member in the groups, SAVE the CINEMA and WeNeedCulture, that advocate for and support independent and arthouse “mini-theaters” as well as other artistic and cultural activities.

Aiko Masubuchi

Asahi Minami

Masora Fukuda

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