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5 Jan 2012

MRI backs Québec-Japan journalism grant

Marie-Soleil Desautels, journalist with <i>La Presse</i>, and Claude-Yves Charron, Québec’s Delegate General in Tokyo.

Marie-Soleil Desautels, recipient of the 2011 Québec-Japan journalism grant, has returned from a stay in Japan, where she prepared a series of articles. At the end of ten days devoted to a story on geothermal power — at a time when Japan is rethinking its energy policy and could shift to non-nuclear sources of power — she decided to extend her stay in order to cover the Tohoku region, devastated by last year’s earthquake and tsunami. She also delved into the status of women in Japan, focusing in particular on work-family balance.

Overseen by the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ) and backed by the Ministère des Relations internationales and the Foreign Press Center of Japan, the Québec-Japan grant allows a journalist with at least three years’ experience to prepare a feature story on Japan, explore new aspects of Japanese life and provide the Québec public with original information.

Marie-Soleil Desautels took advantage of her stay to meet with Québec’s Delegate General in Tokyo, Claude-Yves Charron, and discuss relations between Québec and Japan. The Québec-Japan journalism grant program was created in 2003 as part of the celebrations surrounding the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Québec government office in Tokyo (DGQT).

Québec Government Office in Tokyo

Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (in French)
Foreign Press Center of Japan
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