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HIGHLIGHTS OF 2014

Pesky political fund problems

The return of Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc to a two-thirds majority in the Lower House has all but sidelined a spate of political fund problems that hit Cabinet members before the snap election. But it has not erased them.

Using errors to advance agendas

An independent panel's findings on the Asahi Shimbun's retraction of a series of past articles on the "comfort women" issue offer important lessons to reporters, editors and newspaper management.