Stop the presses, Yahoo News is on a roll

/ | Oct 3, 2015

Stop the presses, Yahoo News is on a roll

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The Yomiuri Shimbun boasts that it is the most-read newspaper in the world owing to a “certified” daily circulation that tops 9.2 million. The Wall Street Journal, a truly international newspaper, reports daily circulation of about 1.5 million. These figures represent physical copies, but ...

Money matters when it comes to security

/ | Sep 19, 2015

Money matters when it comes to security

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Media coverage of the Liberal Democratic Party’s plans to bolster Japan’s military position in the world has largely focused on the constitutionality of the two bills that allow the Self-Defense Forces to come to the aid of allies overseas. Those who oppose these bills ...

TV sexism comes from a problematic place

/ | Sep 5, 2015

TV sexism comes from a problematic place

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At the World Assembly for Women held in Tokyo last week, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, lauded the social achievements of women worldwide but added that “we are not there yet.” Sirleaf didn’t say where exactly “there” is, but ...

The revolution will be streamed online

/ | Aug 29, 2015

The revolution will be streamed online

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Local media have been cautious in their coverage of the protest demonstrations that have materialized in recent years, but they appear to be intrigued by the college-age activists known as SEALDs (Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy). Previously, they had pegged this demographic as ...

The same old story on rural depopulation

/ | Aug 22, 2015

The same old story on rural depopulation

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A story that is constantly upbeat quickly becomes tiring. Conflict and resolution are necessary to maintain interest, and while happy endings are still more popular than depressing ones, characters should go through some sort of emotional turmoil before arriving at them. After producer Masanao ...