On the money: Hitting TV where it hurts

| Apr 23, 2016

On the money: Hitting TV where it hurts

Earlier this month, the Association of Television Viewers Who Demand Compliance With the Broadcast Law announced that it may launch a “national campaign” targeting TBS, which it accuses of biased news reporting. Should the broadcaster fail to address the accusation, the association will ask ...

The changing values behind school uniforms

| Apr 23, 2016

The changing values behind school uniforms

Japan and China depend on each other economically, but not necessarily in an equal way. Sometimes slight changes in commercial prospects in China can have a profound effect on Japan, or, at least, more of an effect that people realize. Earlier this month, the ...

| Apr 22, 2016

NNN Document 16; Fukigen-na Kajitsu; WOWOW

Tokai Television has become an expert on the subject of adoption in Japan, and this Sunday it will air the latest installment in its series “NNN Document 16” (Nippon TV, 12:55 a.m.) The program follows Emiko, a 56-year-old woman who only last year discovered ...

Accommodating disabilities, but only within reason

| Apr 16, 2016

Accommodating disabilities, but only within reason

Due to his recent sex scandal, best-selling author Hirotada Ototake has decided not to run for the Upper House under the banner of the Liberal Democratic Party this year, but he hasn’t officially said he won’t run at all. Earlier this month, while the ...

TV takes the lazy approach on 'hikikomori'

| Apr 9, 2016

TV takes the lazy approach on 'hikikomori'

On March 21, TV Asahi’s long-running variety show “TV Tackle” ran a special feature on hikikomori — people who have withdrawn from society. Hikikomori first came to the attention of the general public in 1999 when a Niigata man was arrested for keeping a ...

| Apr 8, 2016

'Sotai 2'; 'The New Conspiracy'; CM of the week: Garigari-kun

Fifty-four-year-old Kenichi Endo has been a reliable character actor for years, but lately he’s graduated to leading man status. On Wednesday, he stars as police detective Susumu Nihonmatsu in “Sotai 2” (“Organized Crime Countermeasure Division 2”; TV Tokyo, 9 p.m.). Nihonmatsu is assigned to ...

Low interest rates cause spike in refinancing

| Apr 2, 2016

Low interest rates cause spike in refinancing

It has been more than a month since the Bank of Japan introduced negative interest rates in its bid to revitalize the economy. For consumers, the rate change is a mixed blessing. Obviously, interest on deposits will not go up any time soon, but ...