Affiliate Organisations

Writers Guild of Japan

Writers Guild of Japan

The Writers Guild of Japan (WGJ) was founded by writers on March 1, 1966 as a cooperative society   whose purpose was to improve the social and economic position of the writers who create scripts for television and radio broadcasts.

Since its foundation, the WGJ has worked to improve the conditions and terms writers receive for their work and the use of their scripts, through collective agreements with broadcasting organizations and production companies based on the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Cooperatives Act. In 1970 the WGJ started education activities with the aim of developing the next generation of writers, and in 1974 the WGJ was the first organization of its kind in Japan to receive recognition from the Agency for Cultural Affairs as a copyright administration organization for scripts. Since then, the WGJ has been active in copyright administration, signing trust contracts on copyright matters with writers.