In order to simplify and expedite the application process, this year we will be combining the “Industry Creative” and “Industry” categories into one “Industry” badge. This category now includes individuals who are part of the creative process of Japanese pop culture, content or related industries such as production design, writing and editing, and other Japanese pop culture business professionals like marketing, sales, business development, producers, and executives. This one single price Industry badge will still provide the same benefits and access as in years past. In addition, the application criteria will remain the same.

Additionally, badge mailing is now available for approved Industry badge holders. All badge mailing policies and deadlines will apply to Industry badge holders.

We encourage anyone interested in applying to apply early as the number of Industry badges is limited. Applications are reviewed individually in the order that they are received. Decisions are final and at SPJA’s sole discretion.

How to Apply:

  1.  Go to
  2. If you already have an account, log in and follow the instructions on the page.
  3. If you do not have an account, navigate to the “Applications and Profiles” dropdown menu to select the “Press Profile” or “Industry Application”

Please be sure to fill out the application as much as possible to ensure a smooth review process and improve the likelihood of getting approved for a Press or Industry badge.

Industry Deadline: June 1, 2019

Press Deadline: May 15, 2019

Please be sure to read the press policies for more information.