Sticky bonds of the media and government

/ | Jun 24, 2017

Sticky bonds of the media and government

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Last month, the United Nations Human Rights Council released a report critical of the Japanese government. The author, David Kaye, expressed concern over the way the media is pressured by the authorities to support their policies. The government objected to the report, saying it ...

How the word 'terrorism' can help pass a bill

/ | Mar 25, 2017

How the word 'terrorism' can help pass a bill

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During the recent Diet grilling over his alleged involvement in the Moritomo Gakuen land purchase scandal, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accused his opposition party tormentors of resorting to inshō sōsa. The most accurate English translation is probably “image manipulation,” which, in the age of ...

/ Feb 7, 2017

NHK reporter arrested for alleged rape

An NHK staff reporter who was arrested for allegedly raping and injuring a woman in her 20s in Yamagata Prefecture last February likely entered her house through an unlocked door or window, investigative sources said Tuesday. Yasutaka Tsurumoto, 28, who was arrested Monday, is ...

Jan 13, 2017

NHK gets wrist slap over tardy report on embezzlement

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry slapped NHK on the wrist Thursday after belatedly learning that an employee, now deceased, embezzled several hundred thousand yen from the public broadcaster. The ministry demanded that NHK report how the misdeed was carried out and outline steps ...