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Seeing 2015 through a fragmented media lens

| Jan 2, 2016

Seeing 2015 through a fragmented media lens

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Media literacy means understanding that objective reality is impossible to comprehend, and that the best you can do to make sense of the world is to know how to interpret signals. Part of that process is identifying what’s at stake: Newspapers and broadcasters have ...

Civilian casualties of WWII left out in the cold

| Dec 26, 2015

Civilian casualties of WWII left out in the cold

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‘Unbroken,” Angelina Jolie’s 2014 film about the late American Olympic athlete Louie Zamperini, will finally receive a theatrical release in Japan next year after inciting the ire of local groups who claim its depiction of Japanese prisoner of war camps is sensationally harsh and ...

The Japan Times advisory board rates paper's coverage

Dec 24, 2015

The Japan Times advisory board rates paper's coverage

The Japan Times Media Advisory Board members who have been monitoring the newspapers’ reporting met Nov. 18 to discuss progress from the previous board meetings and offer advice for the future. The November meeting at The Japan Times’ headquarters in Tokyo was the last ...

Why infrastructure repairs are being ignored

| Dec 12, 2015

Why infrastructure repairs are being ignored

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Several days after a storm caused the Kinugawa River to overflow its banks and destroy communities in Ibaraki Prefecture in September, the infrastructure ministry held on-site meetings to look into what went wrong. One problem was the loss of a sand embankment in the ...