Tansa doesn’t run ads, in order to maintain editorial independence. We don’t have a paywall, so everyone can freely access our stories. That said, we still need to be able to support our team as we put in the time and effort required of investigative journalism.

Our work would not be possible without our donors. Whether one-time or recurring, we hope you will help us make a difference by donating as you are able. From everyone at Tansa, thank you for your support!

We're still finalizing our donation interface, to be completed by the end of March 2021. For now, here are the ways you can support Tansa. Please get in touch at if you have any questions.

Types of support

Monthly support

1. Credit card: Use the above form
Monthly donation in multiples of 1000 yen (about $10)

We accept Visa, JCB, Amex, Mastercard, and Diners
For monthly donors, your card will be charged on the last day of each month, with the exception of the first month, in which you will also be charged on the date of registration.
Our credit card donation platform is Robot Payment.

2. Bank transfer

Once you have made the transfer, please send an email to us at with your name and account name, address, desired type of donation (Tansa membership, Student membership, one-time support, monthly support). You are responsible for any transaction fees incurred.

Please make your transfer to either of the following accounts.
– Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Hamamatsucho Branch (679), ordinary deposit account, account number 7775859, Tansa
– Japan Post Bank, Branch 138, ordinary deposit account, account number 1910105, Tansa

Tansa membership

・Open to all
・Amount: A minimum annual donation of 300,000 yen (about $2,900). For those considering a donation of 1,000,000 yen (about $9,500) or above, please contact us in advance.
・Benefits: Invitation to an exclusive event with Tansa’s leadership team, receive our donor-exclusive newsletter, receive copies of financial and impact reports.

Student membership

・Open to university students and below
・Amount: A monthly donation of 500 yen (about $5).
・Benefits: Invitation to an exclusive event with Tansa’s young reporters and interns, receive Tansa goods, receive our donor-exclusive newsletter.

One-time support

・Open to all
・Amount: Up to you!
・Benefit: Receive our donor-exclusive newsletter.

  • How we use your donations

    Tansa greatly appreciates your support, and we’ll make every yen count! Here’s how we use your donations.

    ・Reporting costs such as transportation, access to databases, and requests for documents.
    ・Personnel costs, the majority of which go to paying our reporters a fair wage.
    ・Operational costs, including for our website, databases, and events.
    ・Administrative costs for office supplies, etc.

  • FAQ

    Q1:Can organizations donate?
    A1:Please get in touch at if your organization is considering making a donation. We reserve the right to decline donations in order to maintain Tansa’s editorial independence; thank you for your understanding.
    Q2:Can I get a receipt?
    A2:Yes, receipts for the previous year’s donations are sent out annually in January. Let us know if you would like a receipt issued sooner.
    Q3:Can I cancel my monthly donation at any time?
    A3:Of course! Email us at if you want to suspend your donation.