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No use fighting the tide of online journalism, experts say

Sep 17, 2014

No use fighting the tide of online journalism, experts say

by Tomoko Otake

Major news organizations in Japan have been somewhat insulated from the seismic shift taking place in online journalism around the world. Helped by their still strong, if waning, presence in print, Japan’s five national newspaper companies, each boasting millions of copies in daily circulation, ...

Der Spiegel magazine finds print, digital mix that works

Sep 17, 2014

Der Spiegel magazine finds print, digital mix that works

by Magdalena Osumi

With newspaper readership on the decline worldwide as the industry faces the print-to-digital transition, a German approach may serve as a reference for Japanese media seeking new tactics to attract customers. Martin Doerry, senior editor and former deputy editor in chief of Der Spiegel, ...

Women express pride in remaining a virgin

| Sep 13, 2014

Women express pride in remaining a virgin

by Michael Hoffman

“The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.” So much for sex — or so much for the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, the 18th-century British statesman who in that little epigram immortalized his trenchant wit — though not his philosophy, for ...

Social media aids rehashing of historical hate

| Sep 13, 2014

Social media aids rehashing of historical hate

by Philip Brasor

After rain caused deadly mudslides in Hiroshima Prefecture last month, rumors spread over the Internet about burglaries of evacuated homes by “foreigners,” including Zainichi (ethnic Korean residents of Japan). Such rumors tend to accompany disasters, so Tokyo Shimbun talked directly to police in the ...

Line fends off fury ahead of lucrative IPO

| Sep 6, 2014

Line fends off fury ahead of lucrative IPO

by Mark Schreiber

“What’s so exasperating for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry … is the current situation in that platforms, terminals and apps have become dominated by foreign entities,” remarked an unnamed writer for a trade publication. ...

Push for casinos runs into headwinds

| Sep 6, 2014

Push for casinos runs into headwinds

by Philip Brasor

Until a few months ago, it seemed a sure thing that casinos would be open in Tokyo by the time the Olympics rolled around in 2020. For years now, a group of lawmakers have been working to legalize gambling resorts in Japan, and Tokyo ...

Asahi rejected columnist's take on sex slave retraction

Sep 3, 2014

Asahi rejected columnist's take on sex slave retraction

Journalist Akira Ikegami says the Asahi Shimbun has rejected his column about the major newspaper’s recent extensive review of its own past “comfort women” reports, and he has therefore asked the publisher to terminate his serialized commentaries.

Tokyo's robotic eyes are everywhere

| Aug 30, 2014

Tokyo's robotic eyes are everywhere

by Michael Hoffman

You are not alone. You are never alone. Is that comforting, or terrifying? It’s up to you. But Josei Seven magazine writes about “our surveillance society” in these terms: “Take one step outside your house and wherever you may be — on the street, ...