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For Philip Brasor's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Idols and agencies in Japan navigate a brand new landscape

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Mar 23, 2019

Idols and agencies in Japan navigate a brand new landscape

Television personality Masahiro Nakai made an appearance as a "surprise guest" on the March 10 installment of Nippon TV's law-related variety show, "Gyoretsu no Dekiru Horitsu Sodanjo" (“Line-up Law Office”). Earlier, guest Koji Kato had related an anecdote featuring Shingo Katori, Nakai's former associate ...

News outlets gloss over South Korea friction

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Mar 16, 2019

News outlets gloss over South Korea friction

March 1 marked the 100th anniversary of a speech given by a student in a Seoul park declaring Korean independence. To commemorate the event, South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivered an address in which he called for strengthening bonds between Japan and South Korea, ...

Just how convenient are convenience stores in Japan?

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Mar 9, 2019

Just how convenient are convenience stores in Japan?

The recent trend of online videos showing "baito tero," or "part-timer terrorism," enacted by part-time workers has sparked another media discussion about the plight of low wage earners. Most of these videos were recorded by people working in food-related businesses, and explanations for why ...

NHK's restructuring plan sparks concern over influence

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Mar 2, 2019

NHK's restructuring plan sparks concern over influence

In a recent post for the progressive website Common Dreams, consumer advocate and one-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader bemoaned public broadcasting in the United States. Created by the government "to provide serious programming without any advertisements," the Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio ...

Are press activities being undermined in Japan?

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Feb 16, 2019

Are press activities being undermined in Japan?

The Foreign Ministry ordered freelance journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka to surrender his passport after he tried to leave Japan on Feb. 2 for Yemen, which is in the midst of a civil war. The ostensible reason for the order is that Tsuneoka in January attempted ...