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For Philip Brasor's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Apr 24, 2021
Is the IOC putting a torch to ‘freedom of speech’?
Press outlets that are not affiliated with the Summer Games are calling foul on a number of directives issued by Olympics bodies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Apr 17, 2021
Sorry folks, Kei Komuro is no Meghan Markle
The situation surrounding the pending marriage of Princess Mako to Kei Komuro is entirely different to those facing the British royals.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Apr 10, 2021
Timing is everything when it comes to the politics of the Kawai scandal
Former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai does an about face when it comes to accusations of vote-buying, but some aren't buying the idea that his decision was a result of soul searching.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Apr 3, 2021
The legal conundrum surrounding same-sex marriage in Japan
Are such relationships better guaranteed by judicial protection or constitutional reform?
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Mar 27, 2021
Dissecting payouts for decontamination work in Fukushima
Fukushima residents have been paid for their role in decontamination work in the prefecture since the 2011 accident.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Mar 20, 2021
Did Japan's press drop the ball on the wining-and-dining scandal?
Why did mainstream media outlets take so long to probe the scandals involving the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications that were first uncovered by weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun?
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Mar 13, 2021
Immigration reform fails to resolve asylum contradictions
The standards that immigration authorities use to decide refugee status are difficult to meet due to the burden of proof shouldered by asylum-seekers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Mar 6, 2021
Controversy still lingers over 2019 Aichi art show
Irregularities surface in a campaign to recall Aichi Gov. Hideaki Omura over his role in allowing the contentious exhibition.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Feb 27, 2021
Progress in the government's bid to digitalize public services
One woman found that re-entering Japanese society as a citizen was more difficult than trying to enter British society as a foreign national.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Feb 20, 2021
Japan’s media join forces in rare show of solidarity to attack Mori over sexist remarks
Domestic reporters don't pull any punches in the fallout from the former Tokyo Olympic chief's cluelessness.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Feb 13, 2021
The uneasy state of Japan’s welfare system
The LDP and business community have been undermining Japan's lifetime employment system in order to make it easier for employers to hire and fire, and to set salaries to their liking.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Feb 6, 2021
Marijuana law reform in Japan contingent on the message
Japanese authorities have demonstrated a strong resistance to trends in other countries to decriminalize and even commercialize the drug's medicinal and recreational consumption.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Jan 30, 2021
Driving around in circles on reducing emissions from motor vehicles
Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda warns that increased dependence on electric vehicles will not solve the country's emissions problem.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Jan 23, 2021
Former SMAP stars test broadcast television’s relevance
Rival talent agencies move into the void left by Japan's former J-pop kings.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Jan 16, 2021
The political folly of dodging responsibility in Japan
Politicians caught violating COVID-19 restrictions leave news organizations in a bind
Japan Times
CULTURE
Jan 10, 2021
How COVID-19 has changed live events in Japan
While some live events have resumed, the arrival of artists and participants from overseas still may be a ways off.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Jan 9, 2021
Japan's attempts to promote home ownership leave renters in cold
People are moving out of Tokyo into the suburbs and countryside in response to COVID-19.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Jan 3, 2021
Uncertainty hijacked media coverage in 2020
Sorting through the media highlights of a year overshadowed by a global pandemic
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Dec 26, 2020
Should older people pay a larger share of their health care costs?
The government has approved a proposal that would require those aged over 74 to pay 20% of health care costs out of pocket, thus doubling the portion they currently pay.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
Dec 19, 2020
The public and private concerns of a princess in Japan
News outlets exploit the imperial family for their own ends without ever discussing the real meaning of the imperial system.

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