Japan's meek media kowtows to the government

| Apr 30, 2016

Japan's meek media kowtows to the government


Last week I compared the Catholic Church in Boston and Japan’s “nuclear village” of atomic-power advocates — two powerful institutions that stifled embarrassing revelations for some time. The Oscar-winning film “Spotlight” depicts the comeuppance of the church hierarchy after investigative reporters from The Boston ...

Wakamiya, former Asahi Shimbun editor-in-chief, dies at 68

Apr 29, 2016

Wakamiya, former Asahi Shimbun editor-in-chief, dies at 68

Yoshibumi Wakamiya, former editor-in-chief of the daily Asahi Shimbun, died Thursday on a trip to Beijing. He was 68. He was in the city to attend a two-day symposium on Japanese, Chinese and South Korean affairs until Friday. Wakamiya joined the Asahi Shimbun in ...

Mar 13, 2016

Shoichi Ueno, co-owner of Asahi Shimbun, dies at 79

Shoichi Ueno, co-owner of the Asahi Shimbun, died of lung cancer at a hospital in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, on Feb. 29, it was recently learned. He was 79. According to the newspaper, Ueno was a great-grandson of Riichi Ueno, who jointly set up the ...

Feb 19, 2015

2,100 Japanese sue Asahi Shimbun over 'comfort women' stories

More than 2,100 Japanese, including three living in the United States, filed a lawsuit against the Asahi Shimbun Co. on Wednesday, demanding that the newspaper publisher run advertisements in major U.S. and European dailies to apologize for its past stories about its “comfort women” ...

Feb 10, 2015

Former Asahi reporter files libel suit over 'comfort women' issue

A former Asahi Shimbun reporter filed a libel suit Tuesday against a journalist and three publishers, arguing that their articles erroneously claimed he fabricated a report on a former Korean “comfort woman.” In the suit filed with the Sapporo District Court, Takashi Uemura is ...

Jan 17, 2015

Asahi Shimbun investigating potential cyberattack

Major newspaper publisher Asahi Shimbun Co. said the discovery of 17 virus-infected computers indicates it has been the target of a cyberattack. On the night of Jan. 9, the 17 PCs were found to be transmitting data, including email, based on commands from an ...