Obama prodded Abe last month to improve ties with Seoul

Dec 13, 2014

Obama prodded Abe last month to improve ties with Seoul

President Barack Obama pressed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last month to improve ties with South Korea, sources familiar with U.S.-Japan relations said Friday, reflecting Washington’s dissatisfaction with the tepid progress in reconciliation. Obama made the call during talks with Abe on the sidelines of ...

Resurgent right hounds Asahi, liberal media

Dec 11, 2014

Resurgent right hounds Asahi, liberal media

by Kyoko Hasegawa

A chill wind is blowing through the media as a resurgent right pressures the country’s liberal voices in what analysts say is a threat to democracy as voters head to the polls for a general election. Cheered on by fringe groups, the mainstream right-wing ...

Dec 9, 2014

Sankei admits own reporting shortcomings in covering Asahi scandal

The conservative daily Sankei Shimbun admitted Tuesday that its article published Saturday on the chaos in top management at the rival Asahi Shimbun following its misreporting scandals actually involved reportage shortcomings of its own. On its Tuesday morning issue, the Sankei carried a retraction ...

Dec 1, 2014

Yomiuri's 'sex slave' apology raises media eyebrows overseas

Overseas media reported over the weekend about an unusual apology made Friday by Japan’s largest newspaper for its longtime use of the term “sex slaves” and for using “other inappropriate expressions” to refer to the “comfort women,” mostly Asian women who were forced to ...

Nov 29, 2014

Asahi Shimbun profit dives 50%

Asahi Shimbun Co. said consolidated operating profit fell 50.5 percent from a year earlier to ¥3.1 billion during the first half, marking two consecutive declines. In addition to sluggish newspaper sales affected partly by story retractions related to the “comfort women” issue and an ...

Nov 20, 2014

Book vandalized at Fukuoka library over sex slave issue

A book written by a man who provided controversial accounts about wartime “comfort women” was vandalized last month at a library in the city of Fukuoka, sources said Thursday. The library has suspended public access to the 1983 book by Seiji Yoshida, who wrote ...