About this project

With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) now a pandemic, a lot of misinformation and disinformation has spread in what is called an “infodemic.” To help the society and individuals to better fight the virus with accurate information, FIJ has started an international fact-checking project since March 2020.

We are collaborating with media partners and IFCN Coronavirus Facts alliance members to fact-check more questionable information relating to Japan and other regions.

Our new English website is designed to help people and fact-checkers access easily to Japan-related fact-checked information and essential resource.

Please feel free to contact us with questions or suggestions for any more fact-checks. Our team will help you find the facts on the novel coronavirus.

Overview

Project Overview (May 23, 2020)

FIJ COVID-19 special site in Japanese is here.
International Fact-checking database in Japanese is here.

Staff

Our team have more than 20 researchers to help national and international fact-checkers investigate and translate their overseas information.

Hitofumi Yanai (Hito)General Manager
Hito has 8 years experience of fact-checking. ⇒Profile
Yoichiro Tateiwa (Yoi)Chief Editor
Yoi leads English and Chinese researchers. ⇒Profile
Ryo YamashitaProject Manager
Ryo facilitates management of project progress and information technology.
Daisuke FurutaEditorial Director
Daisuke facilitates national researchers. ⇒Profile

English researchers team

Miki AndoDeputy Manager (English)
Miki manages our English researchers team, who have worked in Canada until returning home because of the novel coronavirus.
Keiko KanaiAdvisor
Keiko coaches our English researchers. ⇒Profile
Oliver FabreAdvisor
Olivier is a freelance journalist and former Reuters, reporter and Senior Producer.
Eddy DuanResearcher (English)
Eddy is an undergraduate student of The George Washington University.
Momoka KushidaResearcher (English)
Momoka is a master student of Temple University Japan campus and University of the People. she graduated from Yokohama National University as Bachelor.
Hanae TsunematsuResearcher (English)
Hanae is an undergraduate student of Yokohama National University.

Chinese researchers team

Ya-Jung ChihDeputy Manager (Chinese)
Ya-Jung manages our Chinese researchers team, who is a master student of Journalism School of Waseda University and a former reporter of a Taiwanese newspaper.
Qian-Wen XiongResearcher (Chinese)
Qian-Wen is a Chinese master student of Journalism School of Waseda University.
Wei LongResearcher (Chinese)
Wei is a Chinese master student of Wakayama Universtiy.
Shing-Ru HsiehResearcher (Chinese)
Shing-Ru is a Taiwanese graduate of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

National researchers team

Tamayo MutoResearcher (National)
Tamayo is an undergraduate student of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
Asuka ItoiResearcher (Naitonal)
Asuka is an undergraduate student of Musashi Universtiy.
Chikako NiwaResearcher (Naitonal)
Chikako is a former reporter of a Japanese newspaper.
Yuzuki FujimotoResearcher (National)
Fumiya is an undergraduate student of Kyoto University.
Naoya FujiResearcher (National)
Naoya is an undergraduate student of Kobe City University of Foreign Studies.
Yuki NishioResearcher (National)
Yuki is an engineer, who graduated from Kyoto University.
Yuta TorioResearcher (National)
Yuta is an undergraduate student of Waseda University.
Fumiya FujiiResearcher (National)
Fumiya is an undergraduate student of Kobe Gakuin University.
Fuka YagiResearcher (National)
Fuka is an undergraduate student of Sophia University.
Lihito UminoResearcher (National)
Lihito is an undergraduate student of Waseda University.
Taro OkamotoResearcher (Naitonal)
Okamoto is a master student of Journalism School of Waseda University.
Takaya ShibagakiResearcher (National)
Takaya is an undergraduate student of Keio University.
Miu kazamaResearcher (Naitonal)
Miu is a student of Ikubunkan Global High school.

There are a few researchers other than the above.

You can find the board members of FIJ here.

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