Cross-border Reporting on Sanitation Work in Asia

Asian American Journalists Association(AAJA)’s Asia Chapter is pleased to announce that we will host our next N3 salon on building cross-border international collaborations on Sunday, October 1, in Tokyo as a hybrid, bilingual event.

In the first session of the two-part symposium, three award-winning journalists will discuss their experiences working together in several countries to produce a series of stories on the spread of waste-to-energy technology from Japan to Southeast Asia.

In the second session, community members and workers interviewed for the story will share their views and discuss its impacts on workers, local communities, and the environment. The event will be held hybrid both on Zoom and at Sophia University in Tokyo.

The event is co-hosted by Japan-based journalists’ cooperative Unfiltered and Institute of Global Concern at Sophia University.

Check more details and sign up here


Sunday, October 1, 2 pm-3:30pm JST: Session (1) How to build a successful cross-border collaboration
Three award-winning freelance journalists will discuss how they conducted a cross-border collaboration, including the tools, methods, and strategies used. They’ll then share how they brought everything together to produce one global feature and four regional articles, published in Japanese, Indonesian, English and Thai. With:

Sunday, October 1, 3:45 pm-5 pm JST: Session (2) Workers, Waste to Energy, and Environmental Challenges
Workers and experts in the sanitation and waste-to-energy industry will present the latest status of technological development and the complex political, social, and economic impacts around the spread of waste to energy across Asia. With:

  • Kabir Arora, International Alliance of Waste Pickers (India)
  • A K M Maksud, Executive Director at Grambangla Unnayan Committee (Bangladesh)
  • Jorge Emmanuel, adjunct professor of environmental science and of engineering at Silliman University
  • Shuichiro Tada and Yoshikatsu Nishimura, Tokyo Sanitation Workers Union (Japan)


  • DATE: October 1 (Sun.), 2pm – 5pm JST (1pm – 4pm SGT/HKT)
  • VENUE: Hybrid (Sophia University in Kioicho, Chiyoda for Tokyo; Zoom viewing available)
    *A detailed address or Zoom link will be sent to registered participants by Sept. 27.
  • LANGUAGE: English and Japanese with simultaneous translation
  • FEE: Free ($5 donation is highly appreciated)


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