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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The National People’s Congress, China’s central political institution and the only place where legislative decisions are made for the country as a whole, is the world’s largest parliament with 2,987 members, about 70% of whom are members of the Communist Party.

The number of temporary, low-paid workers without benefits and job security has surged in the last decade, now making up about a third of Japan’s workforce.

In Japan, a hostess is a young woman who entertains men at bars or clubs.

Kamagasaki, a neighbourhood of Osaka, used to be the biggest day labourer town in Japan.

Once considered a birthright in Japan, the notion of stable, full-time positions for life, embodied by the “salaryman”, are becoming scarce.

On 27 March 2014 a stooped and bewildered 78 year old man walked out of a Tokyo detention centre after having spent the past 48 years behind bars, 44 of these on death row.