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The contemporary culture wars that have erupted over Japanese identity and history are undermining the country’s national interests and damaging its reputation.

However, as rightwing extremists again try to mount a takeover by seeking to rehabilitate Japan’s history of aggression and colonial rule in Asia in defiance of mainstream domestic opinion, they are also attacking Japan’s open society by muzzling the media, rolling back freedom of information, gutting transparency and boosting patriotic education.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
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