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Philip Brasor
For Philip Brasor's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Sep 11, 2021
If you provide it, they will come: Japan's youth aren't as vaccine hesitant as politicians thought
As evidenced by the amount of people who showed up at a Shibuya vaccine site, young people are pretty keen on getting some protection against COVID-19.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Sep 4, 2021
A lesson is lost in the coverage of one immigrant’s death
Immigration centers may pay closer attention to the health of their charges following the death of one Sri Lankan woman, but the problem of extrajudicial imprisonment remains.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Aug 28, 2021
Politician’s comments open a can of worms on consent
Reporting on comments by a member of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan about hypothetical sex with a teenager leads to debate on a very contentious issue.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Aug 21, 2021
Supreme Court rebuffs move to aid Korean schools
The education ministryu2019s definition of "proper operations" has prevented Korean schools from qualifying for the same kinds of subsidies that other schools have access to.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Aug 14, 2021
Were the Olympics sustainable? Reports of waste suggest it's not easy being green
Stories of uneaten bento boxes and the plight of air conditioners used in the athlete residences suggest that the Olympics are having trouble meeting their sustainability goals.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Aug 7, 2021
Let them eat pancakes: A new film looks at Yoshihide Suga's brand of politicking
Producer Mitsunobu Kawamura hopes that a new political documentary, "Tasting the Pancake for Poison," will entice younger voters to take part in the upcoming election.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Jul 31, 2021
The risk of vote-splitting makes casinos more likely in Yokohama
Press outlets begin to speculate on the true intentions of the Yokohama mayoral raceu2019s many independent candidates.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Jul 24, 2021
The clear-cut actions that led to a disaster in Atami
News outlets are looking at the role companies played in exacerbating the mudslides that engulfed more than 130 homes in the city of Atami.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Jul 17, 2021
The media and the authorities misinterpret the spirit of protest
Media coverage alludes to the possibility of Olympics protests turning violent, but what happens when protests in Japan actually turn violent?
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Jul 10, 2021
The domestic media largely moves on from ‘public concern’ over the Olympics
Public anxiety over the Olympics remains high, but the domestic media has moved on to other topics. Why are politicians still complaining about a focus on public concern?
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Jul 3, 2021
Japan’s LGBTQ community ends up losing thanks to intraparty politics in the LDP
The media coverage of a bill on LGBTQ "understanding" focuses on a conservative purity test instead of the contents of the legislation.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Jun 26, 2021
Journalists fear land-purchase law may hit local residents
Recent concerns about a new law meant to restrict the sale of property near sensitive sites to non-Japanese entities focus more on the trouble the law may cause Japanese individuals.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Jun 19, 2021
Japanese reporters largely cede the game to the West on Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka's willingness to speak out on issues such as Black Lives Matter sets her apart from other Japanese athletes working internationally.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Jun 12, 2021
Nursing services in Japan juggling financial solvency and users' well-being
Should the government be turning to the private sector to provide care for the country's aging population?
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Jun 5, 2021
The damage done by a lengthy appeals process
The media has no problem reprimanding the government when it loses a court case, but news outlets seldom talk about how the judicial system can drag things on.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
May 29, 2021
Creative solutions (and confusion) abound as regional governments carry out a national vaccination plan
Japanese press outlets focus on individual stories amid the start of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
May 22, 2021
Media fails to agree on Fukushima water discharge
The general public is unable to comprehend the mixed messages itu2019s hearing from the nationu2019s leading news outlets.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
May 15, 2021
It's usually safe to say money talks, but is Myanmar's junta listening?
If the idea of economic pressure is to bend a regime to your will, then Japan should have leverage with Myanmar.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
May 8, 2021
Animals used in sport need more than viral videos to prevent abuse
Footage of a jockey kicking his horse in the face during a live broadcast sparked a needed conversation, but the media needs to educate more on animal welfare.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
May 1, 2021
Hate speech can’t be met with indifference and ignorance
When the head of DHC began making anti-Korean comments, many news outlets decided it was just better not to talk about it.

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