Hoarding in Japan isn't as dark as NHK makes it out to be

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Aug 11, 2018

Hoarding in Japan isn't as dark as NHK makes it out to be

Thanks to Marie Kondo, everyone knows about the Japanese art of katazuke, or "tidying up." Kondo's books on organizing your things and deciding what items you should throw away have been translated into numerous languages and she's been interviewed by myriad international media outlets. Katazuke ...

Japan's rigid koseki system keeps it all in the family

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Aug 4, 2018

Japan's rigid koseki system keeps it all in the family

Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Mio Sugita is being criticized for comments she made about how LGBT individuals should not receive government “support” because, biologically speaking, they can’t have children and are thus “unproductive” as members of society. Although the media have covered her remarks ...

News outlets in Japan question belated flood response

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Jul 21, 2018

News outlets in Japan question belated flood response

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe probably regrets attending a drinking party thrown by some Liberal Democratic Party colleagues on July 5. Even if he didn’t suffer a hangover, as some reports implied, he was forced to dodge media brickbats over his colleagues’ seeming inability to ...