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Applications Now Being Accepted for 13th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship

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TOKYO /PRNewswire/ —

Hakuho Foundation, a public interest incorporated foundation based in Tokyo, Japan, began accepting applications on June 9 for the 13th Hakuho Japanese Research Fellowship.

With the goals of further strengthening the fundamentals of international research into and deepening understanding of Japan, the Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship invites to Japan leading international researchers of the Japanese language, Japanese-language instruction, Japanese literature and Japanese culture to conduct residential research.

Eligible research
Japanese language, Japanese-language education, Japanese literature and Japanese culture research

Eligible researchers
Researchers working in the fields of Japanese language, Japanese-language education, Japanese literature or Japanese culture who reside outside Japan and meet all of the criteria below.

Affiliated with a higher education or research institution (including postdoctoral scholars, adjunct professors and part-time lecturers), or have equivalent research and educational background.
Scholar or researcher with a doctoral degree (including those to be granted on or before December 31, 2017) and extensive research or education background
Sufficient Japanese-language proficiency to be able to conduct research in Japanese
Non-Japanese national residing outside Japan or Japanese national who has resided outside Japan for 10 years or more and been active in the academic community, etc. of the country of their residence
Able to stay continuously in Japan for the duration of the Fellowship period and participate in research reporting sessions arranged by the Foundation

Applications are not sought from those whose purpose is to write a doctoral thesis.
Applicants who are yet to receive their doctoral degree must submit written confirmation from their supervisor that the degree is due to be granted on or before December 31, 2017.
As research reporting and communication with the Fellowship secretariat on various procedures will be conducted in Japanese only, a suitable level of Japanese-language ability is required.
Those who have previously received support for residential research in Japan may also apply.
Support provided
Fellows will have the following expenses necessary for conducting residential research in Japan covered.

Airfares: Return economy class air tickets
Relocation allowance: 350,000 yen
Living and research expenses: 350,000 yen per month
Housing subsidy: Up to 150,000 yen per month (actual cost; subject to provision of receipts each month)
International travelers’ illness and injury insurance
In addition, Hakuho Foundation will pay the receiving organization a hosting cooperation fee for use of facilities, etc. by the Fellow.

Fellowship period:

Choice of the following long-term (1-year) or short-term (6-month) period
Long-term (1 year): September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019
Short-term (6 months): September 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019 (Round 1) or March 1 – August 31, 2019 (Round 2)


Application period: June 9 – October 31, 2017
Notification of results: Early March 2018 (tentative)
Fellowship period: September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019 (Long-term: 1 year; Short-term: 6 months)
Application Guide (download from the following websites)
Japanese site:
English site:

About Hakuho Foundation

Hakuho Foundation was established in 1970 to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of Hakuhodo Inc. It was recognized and has been operating as a public interest incorporated foundation since April 2011, following the introduction of new regulations relating to public interest corporations.

To nurture rich human qualities in the children who will be tomorrow’s leaders, Hakuho Foundation supports child education, particularly in the areas of language and culture, through such initiatives as the Hakuho Award for outstanding child educators, the Hakuho Research Grant for Child Education, the Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship and the Hakuho Scheme for a Global Children’s Japanese Language Network.



Scott Macdonald
Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship Secretariat (c/o e-side, Inc.)
Tel: +81-3-6435-8140
Fax: +81-3-6435-8790

Source: Hakuho Foundation

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June 13, 2017 at 4:16 pm

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Last Day to Submit Entries to Fourteenth International Business Awards Is June 14

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FAIRFAX, Va. /PRNewswire/ — The Stevie® Awards has announced that the last day to submit entries is June 14 for The 2017 (14th Annual) International Business Awards, the world’s premier business awards competition, which attracts nominations from organizations in more than 60 nations and territories each year.

All individuals and organizations worldwide — public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small — may submit nominations to The International Business Awards. Entry details are available at

An international judging panel of more than 150 executives will determine the Stevie Award winners. Results will be announced on 10 August. Stevie Award winners will be presented their awards at a gala banquet at the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain on 21 October.

The International Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace. Categories include:

Management Awards
Company of the Year Awards
Customer Service Awards
Human Resources Awards
Information Technology Awards
Marketing Awards
New Product Awards
Public Relations Awards
Web Site Awards, Smartphone and Tablet App, and other media awards
Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners in the 2016 IBAs included ABS-CBN Corporation (Philippines), BSES Yamuna Power Limited (India), Clickky (Ukraine), Dogus Group (Turkey), Dubai Statistics Center (United Arab Emirates), Forter (USA), Foundation Telefonica (Spain), (Australia), Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. (Brazil), KEPCO Nuclear Fuel Company (South Korea), Mondelez International (United Kingdom), Ooredoo (Qatar), PJSC Aeroflot – Russian Airlines (Russia), Polystar (Sweden), PRIZM (Hong Kong), QLess, Inc. (USA), RheinBrucke IT Consulting (Germany), Roshan (Afghanistan), SABC Pension Fund (South Africa), SUNNY SIDE UP, Inc. (Japan), Telkom Indonesia (Indonesia) and TELUS International (Canada), among many others.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service and the Stevie Awards for Great Employers. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

* PR Newswire Asia is the official news distribution partner of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards.

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June 6, 2017 at 4:16 pm

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PR Newswire’s Media Coffee Forum in Singapore Gathers Media Professionals to Combat Fake News & Discuss PR Best Practices

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — PR Newswire, the premier global provider of news distribution and media monitoring services, hosted its signature Media Coffee event in Singapore on May 12 to discuss how brands can improve their public relations strategies to earn the trust of the media and combat fake news. The event, titled “Latest PR Trends & Tactics: Fake News, Big Data & Pitching International Media”, gathered close to 160 attendees. It was one of the largest PR Newswire Media Coffee events organized in Singapore. The event featured presentations from Everett Rosenfeld, Asia Pacific Editor at CNBC International; Sujin Thomas, Deputy Editor at AsiaOne; Lars Voedisch, Principal Consultant & Managing Director at PRecious Communications; Rebecca Pazos, Interactive Graphics Journalist at The Straits Times; and Lena Goh, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at Government Technology Asia. The archived video of the event is now available for online viewing.

In this new and chaotic media environment where fake news stories spread like wildfire on the Internet, public relations and communications professionals need to provide authenticity and credibility in their content in order to gain trust of their target audiences.

Key highlights of the event include:

“Churnalism” can be disguised as fake news

Thomas Sujin from AsiaOne kick-started the event by giving an overview of fake news – a deliberate attempt to spread misinformation in order to stir emotions and cause sensationalism. He also introduced the term “churnalism” which refers to the act of a journalist who publishes pre-packaged materials, such as press releases, without verifying the information. This is also one of the reasons why fake news gets propagated, because some people with malicious intent can put out fictitious stories. Everett Rosenfeld from CNBC International reiterated that stories written with a lack of due diligence are fake news because the writers disregard the importance of seeking the truth. Both experienced journalists agreed that publishing fake news can cause detrimental damage to a news publication’s reputation, and thus they provided details on their news reporting tactics to ensure the accuracy and authenticity of their stories. Their tactics include checking news sources, verifying if other reputable news outlets are carrying it, and more.

Beat the goldfish; less is more.

According to Lars Voedisch, who manages PRecious Communications, a public relations firm, there are fewer journalists than public relations professionals. Journalists have less time to process a piece of news as there are many brands constantly vying for their attention. As the average human’s attention span has shortened to eight seconds, as compared to nine seconds for a goldfish, it is essential for organizations to take note of the following when pitching their stories to journalists:

Provide succinct email headlines to grab attention but avoid clickbait;
Create high-quality and interesting content that is relevant to journalists’ beats;
Establish media relations on both personal and professional levels.
Voedisch also shared some key trends on public relations including:

Content has to cater to the mobile-first generation who demand that offline stories be digitized, headlines be catchy and important points are placed in the first paragraph;
Multimedia elements are a must-have for content, as audiences prefer visuals;
Online content needs to be infused with web links to increase online visibility (SEO) and shareability among readers;
Faster news cycles present newsjacking opportunities for brands to build awareness.
Data journalism – turning data into insightful stories

Rebecca Pazos, a data journalist from The Straits Times, shared her thoughts on the evolution of data stories. She commented that visualization of numerical data has evolved from static graphs and charts to the prevalent use of interactive elements such as infographics, immersive videos and prediction models. Data storytelling has evolved to become an essential part of content strategy for brands and news publications to have an edge over their competitors.

A data mindset is key to strategizing communications

Lena Goh, who leads the marketing and communications department in Government Technology Asia, stressed the importance of instilling a data mindset in order to strategize communications effectively. The Internet has opened up countless ongoing conversations among audiences and the challenge is no longer the availability of data and audience insights such as demographics and trending topics which are now easily accessible, but rather the perseverance to invest in a sustainable data analysis effort. To achieve long-term communications objectives, marketing and communications professionals need to be agile in identifying issues and opportunities, including refining their strategy when necessary.

View the archived video online to learn about the discussion in detail. Subscribe to PR Newswire’s newsletter to keep informed of upcoming events and related content.

About PR Newswire’s Media Coffee

PR Newswire’s Media Coffee events enable communications professionals to gather insights from leading media organizations on how their respective organizations work, provide expertise into their specialist areas, and give advice on achieving coverage, as well as share tips on how to effectively target journalists within their sector and build mutually beneficial relationships.

About PR Newswire

PR Newswire, a Cision company, is the premier global provider of media monitoring platforms and news distribution services that marketers, corporate communicators and investor relations officers leverage to engage key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry over 60 years ago, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, optimize and target content — and then distribute and measure results. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel, multi-cultural content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire powers the stories of organizations around the world. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions.

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PR Newswire’s Asia Marketing Team
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June 6, 2017 at 10:58 am

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New Action Hero ‘Shahzel Syed’s ‘Combativo’ Hitting Worldwide Digital Screens this Summer Against All Odds

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan/PRNewswire/ — Rising action star and filmmaker from South Asia Shahzel Syed’s ‘Combativo’, the first full action movie of Pakistan has stirred craze among action fans across the globe after the release of its second trailer and is set to release globally on demand on digital screens by the end of June. The movie is an intense actioner filled with entertainment for action fans around the world.

Actor Shahzel Syed in a promotional image for action movie Combativo
Actor Shahzel Syed in a promotional image for action movie Combativo
The film has been produced under the banner of Shah Productions, which is an International film production company that the actor had created for the production of action adventure movies and high quality entertainment content.

“It has been a long and tough journey making this action movie independently and working against all kinds of odds. And now with the online launch of the second trailer, it is motivating to see that the global fanbase of our film has grown more,” said Shahzel Syed, the lead actor who also directed and wrote the movie.

Combativo’s story is about a former anti-terrorist commando going on a personal mission to eliminate a powerful criminal-terrorist mafia operating in Southern Asia. “The movie has revitalized realistic action,” Shahzel Syed said. “In this movie, unlike what you usually watch, there is no fancy fighting action done by wires in which people are flying in the air and get stuck in slow motion. What we are going to show the audiences is realistic hard hitting action, which is kind of old school but true action lovers still like that.”

Releasing his movie is going to face immense challenges in the International market as the global cinema market is dominated by big budget studio films, “The patience of our global fans is running out and they want to see the film on cineplexes in their countries. As we lack a big promotion budget, this has been the biggest limitation in securing a wider theatrical release but as negotiations with the International film distributors in different countries are going on and taking time to finalize. We are starting with online on demand release of the movie so worldwide fans can have quick access to the film,” said Shahzel Syed who has just attended the Cannes film market. In spite of all the odds, he is releasing the movie on major global digital platforms like Amazon and similar others. The movie is also available on the movie’s official website through a dedicated Vod service exclusively for this movie that his team has developed.

Combativo is poised to become a new martial arts action movie franchise. Fans will not have to wait much longer now and will finally be able to see Combativo with English subtitles by this mid summer.

Movie’s Social Media Page:
Combativo IMDB Page: IMDB Page
Combativo Trailer on social media
Official Trailer Combativo

About Shah Productions

Shah Productions is an international film production company formed in 2009 by Shahzel Syed and is presently based in Islamabad, Pakistan. The production operations taken by the company encompass production of motion pictures, Television entertainment content and production services for film and TV commercials. The company specializes in making Action/Adventure films and also works in collaboration with filmmakers and creative artists around the globe. Shah Productions can be found on the world wide web at

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June 1, 2017 at 5:45 pm

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