Sticky bonds of the media and government

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Jun 24, 2017

Sticky bonds of the media and government

by Philip Brasor

Last month, the United Nations Human Rights Council released a report critical of the Japanese government. The author, David Kaye, expressed concern over the way the media is pressured by the authorities to support their policies. The government objected to the report, saying it ...

Japan's meek media kowtows to the government

Commentary | COUNTERPOINT Apr 30, 2016

Japan's meek media kowtows to the government

by Jeff Kingston

Last week I compared the Catholic Church in Boston and Japan's "nuclear village" of atomic-power advocates — two powerful institutions that stifled embarrassing revelations for some time. The Oscar-winning film "Spotlight" depicts the comeuppance of the church hierarchy after investigative reporters from The Boston ...

National Apr 20, 2016

Tokyo denies U.N. expert's accusation that it exerts pressure on media

The government on Wednesday brushed aside a U.N. rights expert's concerns about its influence over the media, saying the country has always upheld freedom of expression. "The Japanese government's explanation was not sufficiently reflected" in the report and opinions of David Kaye, U.N. special rapporteur ...

National Feb 3, 2016

U.N. expert on freedom of expression to visit Japan in April

A U.N. expert in charge of freedom of expression, whose visit was postponed at the Foreign Ministry's request, will visit Japan in April, the ministry said Wednesday. David Kaye, U.N. special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and ...