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 ...

| Nov 8, 2014

Right-wing witch hunt signals dark days in Japan

by Jeff Kingston

Many Japanese and long-time Japan observers have expressed dismay about the recrudescence of self-righteous nationalism under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has emboldened right-wing extremists now threatening democratic institutions and civil liberties. “The revisionist right in Japan with the active encouragement, if not involvement, ...

Nov 6, 2014

President of Asahi Shimbun reportedly to resign

President Tadakazu Kimura of the Asahi Shimbun, which has been under heavy fire for past reports about the "comfort women" and the Fukushima nuclear crisis, is reportedly planning to announce his resignation in mid-November.