LDP issues swift reprimands in bid to quell anti-media fracas

/ Jun 27, 2015

LDP issues swift reprimands in bid to quell anti-media fracas

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party punished four of its junior Diet members Saturday for blaming the media for the weak public support dogging the national security bills and threatening to punish news outlets who provide critical reporting on the issue.The remarks ...

Debate still rages over Abe-endorsed WWII drama

Feb 20, 2014

Debate still rages over Abe-endorsed WWII drama

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Takashi Yamazaki’s World War II drama “Eien no Zero (The Eternal Zero),” whose pilot hero joins the tokkōtai (kamikaze) suicide squadron in the closing days of the war, has soared to the box office heights since its Dec. 21 release. After ranking No. 1 ...

NHK chief tells board 'comfort women' remarks no big deal

Feb 19, 2014

NHK chief tells board 'comfort women' remarks no big deal

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The controversy swirling around NHK shows no sign of simmering down, with Chairman Katsuto Momii reportedly playing down the explosive nature of the remarks he made at his first news conference in January over the wartime brothels used by the Imperial Japanese military.Some media ...

Feb 7, 2014

NHK's credibility at stake

Two of the more recent appointees to the NHK Board of Governors show their stripes so to speak by denying that the 1937 Nanjing Massacre happened, on one hand, and writing an essay in praise of the Emperor as a "living god" on the ...

NHK governors reveal rightist views

Feb 5, 2014

NHK governors reveal rightist views

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A member of NHK’s board of governors has written an essay praising a right-wing activist who committed suicide in the Asa­hi Shim­bun building in 1993, raising questions about the public broadcaster’s political neutrality.