- ABOUT US(ENGLISH)
OurPlanet-TV is a nonprofit media organization founded in 2001. We produce independent news, in-depth stories, and documentaries that you can’t find in Japanese commercial/mainstream/traditional media. OurPlanet-TV also provides spaces to learn how to use videos to bring awareness to the underreported communities and empower people to tell their stories.
Our mission “Standing together, Creating the future” represents our hope to bring about a better future with people raising their voices together. We believe every one of us takes an active role in impartial journalism to document and foster social changes with the power of video.
The Power of Nonprofit Media
Since our founding in 2001, OurPlanet-TV has maintained our core policy of not accepting government funding, corporate sponsorship, or advertising revenues. All our programs and projects are supported by our audience, members, and donors. This is what makes it possible for us to practice independent journalism without being compromised by any corporate or government interests.
OurPlane-TV was legally registered as a nonprofit organization in 2005. With a strong commitment to public service, we were authorized as a certified nonprofit organization in 2016.
20 Years of History
Initial launch of OurPlanet-TV
Started video workshops
Legally registered as nonprofit organization
Opened “Media Café” in Jimbocho, Tokyo
Participated in G8 Media Network
Organized “TOKYO Medifes 2009” as part of the executive committee
Released video report “GOODBYE US BASE -REPORT FROM THE PHILLIPINES”
Documentary “MIYASHITA PARK -TOKYO/SHIBUYA-”was awarded at The Age of Regionalism Video Festival
Organized video workshop at Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Center in Nara
Launched weekly program “ContAct” at Satellite Channel ASAHI NEW STAR (ended in 2012)
Participated in Citizen’s Helicopter Project for Fair Reporting
Hajime Shiraishi (Executive Director) received the Women’s Broadcasters Award by the Society of Japanese Women in Radio and Television
Received Yayori Journalist Award – an honorable mention winner
Launched Fukushima Film and Media Festival
Documentary film “MY RECORD OF IITATE” awarded at ZA-KOENJI Documentary Festival
Video document “Meltdown Countdown” won the Japanese Association of Science and Technology Journalists Grand Prize
Authorized as certified nonprofit organization
Released VR project of Odaka Junior High School in Minamisoma City, Fukushima
Received Tokyo Bar Association Human Rights Award
Launched COVOT project funded by Open Society Foundations
Standing Together, Creating the Future.