Proposed reform to Japan's immigration law causes concern

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Oct 27, 2018

Proposed reform to Japan's immigration law causes concern

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe receives a lot of grief from left-leaning pundits who consider his policies and outlook regressive, but right-leaning commentators aren't always enamored of the country’s leader either. They voice frustration at his refusal to visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine and find ...

Politics and cinema intermingle at Busan International Film Festival

Film Oct 13, 2018

Politics and cinema intermingle at Busan International Film Festival

The 23rd edition of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) opened Oct. 4 as Typhoon Kong-rey approached the South Korean port city. When the storm peaked on Saturday morning, some public events were cancelled, but the screenings continued and were still packed with press, ...

Repatriation program reveals Koreans' plight in Japan

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Oct 6, 2018

Repatriation program reveals Koreans' plight in Japan

In August, five North Korean defectors residing in Japan filed a lawsuit in Tokyo District Court charging Pyongyang with human rights abuses. The plaintiffs were described in the Mainichi Shimbun as "second-generation ethnic Koreans" who grew up in Japan but moved to North Korea ...

Media appear to be ignoring maglev woes

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Sep 29, 2018

Media appear to be ignoring maglev woes

Earlier this month, two different Tokyo District Court sessions associated with the maglev bullet train line now under construction were convened. In one, major contractor Obayashi Corp. was prosecuted for rigging bids for work on the project. In the other, a citizens' network was ...

The problem with padding employment records in Japan

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Sep 22, 2018

The problem with padding employment records in Japan

In August, it was reported that central government ministries and agencies, not to mention national legislative offices and local governments, have for years been fulfilling their legal responsibility to hire certain numbers of people with disabilities by fudging criteria for determining what qualifies as ...