Sheera Frenkel
For Sheera Frenkel's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
A home that was burned in the Oct. 7 Hamas attack in Kissufim, an Israeli kibbutz. Antisemitic and Islamophobic hate speech has soared on social media platforms since the war broke out between Hamas and Israel.
WORLD / Society
Nov 16, 2023
Antisemitic and anti-Islam hate speech surges across the internet
On Oct. 7, the day Hamas attacked Israel, the hashtag #HitlerWasRight appeared on X, formerly known as Twitter. Over the next month, more than 46,000 posts featured the hashtag, often alongside language that called for violence against Jews.
Motorists drive past a giant billboard depicting Muslim people walking with their national flags toward the Dome of the Rock shrine in Jerusalem, in central Tehran's Valiasr Square on Oct. 25.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 4, 2023
In a worldwide war of words, Russia, China and Iran back Hamas
Officials and researchers say the deluge of online propaganda and disinformation is larger than anything seen before.
Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk gets in a Tesla car as he leaves a hotel in Beijing in May.
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 1, 2023
Elon Musk’s unmatched power in the stars
The tech billionaire has become the dominant power in satellite internet technology. The ways he is wielding that influence are raising global alarms.
Japan Times
Apr 27, 2023
Tweets become harder to believe as labels change meaning
The elimination of check marks that helped authenticate accounts has convulsed a platform that once seemed indispensable for following breaking news.
Japan Times
Dec 23, 2022
Twitter is said to have struggled over revealing U.S. influence campaign
The situation began in 2017 when an official working with U.S. Central Command requested that Twitter verify some of the militaryu2019s accounts.
Japan Times
Oct 11, 2022
Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse struggles
Metau2019s push to develop virtual and augmented reality technology has had a bumpy year.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Sep 5, 2020
Why Facebook’s blocking of new U.S. political ads may fall short
Political ads on Facebook are just one piece of content; political misinformation also flourishes in messages that people post and in discussions in private groups.


Tokyo Healthcare University professor Takayuki Mifune explains how he is trying to re-create bonito broth from 1,300 years ago.
The quest to re-create what the Japanese ate 1,300 years ago