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 ...

Press freedoms threatened

Commentary / World Jan 16, 2015

Press freedoms threatened

by Hugh Cortazzi

A former British ambassador to Japan hopes that Japanese as well as British cartoonists continue to expose the pomposity, hypocrisy and inadequacies of their politicians, warning that press freedom can never be taken for granted.

Editorials Mar 13, 2014

State secrets law fatally flawed

Japan should hold off on putting the state secrets law into effect until it addresses the need for an oversight mechanism for how secrets are designated as well as a means to protect whistleblowers.

Editorials Sep 9, 2013

Anti-democratic secrecy bill

A bill to protect government secrets could undermine the fundamental democratic principles of freedom of information and freedom of the press.