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 ...

Truth hurts: censorship in the media

/ Aug 8, 2015

Truth hurts: censorship in the media

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“Truth, it has been said, is the first casualty of war.” — Philip Snowden, July 1916In September 1945, less than a month after Japan’s surrender ending World War II and ushering in the U.S.-led Occupation, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, supreme commander for the Allied powers, ...

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 ...

/ Aug 28, 2013

Tepco to sell Ginza building to Yomiuri Shimbun group

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it will sell its Ginza building in Tokyo to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper group for about ¥23.56 billion.With the sale, Tepco is expected to achieve its real estate sales target of ¥247.2 billion to help secure financial resources ...