TV Asahi gets 'The Scoop' on false convictions

| Nov 7, 2015

TV Asahi gets 'The Scoop' on false convictions

Last week the Tokyo Shimbun ran an article about Keiko Aoki and Tatsuhiro Boku, the couple convicted of murdering Aoki’s 11-year-old daughter in 1995 and sentenced to life in prison. The upcoming retrial, which will likely reverse the guilty verdict, may reveal that the ...

Cancer and Fukushima: Who to trust?

| Oct 31, 2015

Cancer and Fukushima: Who to trust?

South Korean director Kim Ki-duk is a noted provocateur. His latest movie, “Stop,” is about a Japanese couple who were living near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant when it suffered a meltdown in March 2011. They evacuate to Tokyo, where the wife ...

Not-so-friendly neighborhood associations

| Oct 31, 2015

Not-so-friendly neighborhood associations

When the U.S. military took charge following Japan’s surrender in 1945, one of the first things it did was ban jichikai, or community associations. The thinking was that these organizations had carried out the work of the military government at the neighborhood level and ...

Abe raises eyebrows when he's off script

| Oct 24, 2015

Abe raises eyebrows when he's off script

On Oct. 1, the Sankei Shimbun reported that during a regularly scheduled press conference, NHK President Katsuto Momii addressed statements made by “former NHK employees” who told media outlets that the public broadcaster had “received phone calls from the prime minister’s office” regarding passage ...

| Oct 23, 2015

Prefecture battle; the witches of Japan; CM of the week: SoftBank

The government’s plan for regional revitalization gets a boost from the world of television with the three-hour variety special “47 Todofuken Taiko! Kakuzeke Nippon!” (“47-prefecture Rivalry! Ranking Japan!”; Fuji TV, Sun., 7 p.m.). Each of Japan’s 47 prefectures is represented by one celebrity who ...