Shiho Fukada

Tokyo, Japan

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Shiho Fukada is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and photojournalist specialising in editorial and documentary projects. She has over a decade of experience shooting and producing stories nationally and internationally. She is passionate about telling under-reported stories both in video and photography.

Born in Japan, Shiho moved to New York after graduating from Sophia University in Tokyo with a BA in English Literature. While working in fashion and advertising in New York she discovered her passion for documentary photography and started her career as a news photographer. In 2008, she moved to Beijing where she worked for clients such as the New York Times, TIME Magazine, Stern and others. In 2011, she moved back to Japan to start working on her long-term multimedia project 'Japan's Disposable Workers',  a four-part series on the plight of workers in contemporary Japan brought on by decades of economic stagnation and failed reforms.

Shiho received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship and a Grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to further her work. She has also received numerous awards including a World Press Photo Multimedia Award and the Visa d'or - Daily Press Award at the international photojournalism festival Visa pour l'Image held annually in Perpignan, France.

Shiho holds a diploma in Multimedia Journalism from Ateno de Manila University in the Philippines.

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In Japan, where eating is taken very seriously and fish forms a major part of the national diet ‘fugu’, or pufferfish, is in a league of its own.

Through images and stories from 20 countries, across every continent, a collaboration between Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and Panos Pictures shows the importance of adequate sanitation for women and girls.

Japan is facing an epidemic of suicides brought on by overwork~~ Why do Japanese people work so much?

With close to 3,000 members, China’s National People’s Congress is the world’s largest parliament.

With more and more people working on short-term contracts with few benefits and little job security in Japan, some temporary workers haven started living in all-night internet cafes which offer an affordable, if cramped, form of accommodation.

Job opportunities for women in Japan are scarce.

As Japan’s economy stagnates and unemployment rises, the country’s ageing labourers, too old to work but too young to receive government support, are feeling the brunt of the economic crisis.

Some 30,000 people kill themselves in Japan every year.

After spending 45 of the 48 years of his imprisonment on death row, Iwao Hakamada, the longest serving death row prisoner in history, was released pending a retrial on 27 March 2014.

Working with IRC and ECHO, seven Panos photographers asked people in seven communities affected by some of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters what ‘home’ means to them.