As governments, corporations, and criminals increasingly work across borders, so too must the journalists who investigate them. Tansa, an investigative newsroom based in Tokyo, collaborates with journalists around the world to hold Japan's powerful to account, whether at home or over the horizon. Our cross-border investigations cover topics such as dirty energy, public health, fraud, and rights abuses in supply chains. This project supports reporting costs.
As traditional media business models collapse, "high cost, high risk" investigative journalism is being left by the wayside in Japan. Despite being the world's third-largest economy, Japan's media often fails to sufficiently monitor the government and corporations' activities and impact abroad, or hold them to the global standard regarding issues such as human rights and the environment. Cross-border investigative journalism can help reveal abuses of power happening both domestically and abroad.
Cross-border collaborations are an efficient way to conduct investigative journalism and maximize its impact. Partners share their findings and expertise to create an accurate, in-depth, and comprehensive story. Publication by multiple media brings the stories to a wider audience and increases the potential impact of the work. Collaborations contribute to a better-informed public and exert pressure on powerful institutions to increase transparency and fairness.
No other Japanese media currently pursues cross-border investigations to the extent Tansa does, if at all. We aim for our investigations to not only produce impact from individual stories, but also to be a model for other Japanese media follow. This can strengthen the Japanese media's watchdog function overall, contributing to a more just society in Japan and in the communities Japan touches.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).