Jan 25, 2015

NHK must maintain independence

NHK has announced a three-year budget plan that includes strengthening its overseas services. But has Japan's national broadcaster figured out yet whether it exists as a news organziation or as a propaganda arm of the government?

Snark levels were on full blast for 'Kohaku'

| Jan 17, 2015

Snark levels were on full blast for 'Kohaku'

by Philip Brasor

The 2014 edition of NHK’s venerated song contest, “Kohaku Uta Gassen,” broadcast on Dec. 31, was remarkable for several reasons, though the performance that generated the most remarks was the one by the equally venerated pop-rock group Southern All Stars, their first on the ...

Oct 7, 2014

Japanese group had plans to join Islamic State, reports say

Tokyo police questioned a university student and several others Monday over suspected plans to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group, news reports said. The reported investigation by the Tokyo police would be the first indication of possible support within Japan for ...