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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attends the third Summit for Democracy forum hosted by the South Korean government via videoconference on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 21, 2024
Democratic leaders agree to address fake news in election year
The leaders called for joint efforts to utilize new technologies to promote democracy and ensure the fairness of elections.
After Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination last week, the buzzword underwent an evolution as he outpaces incumbent President Joe Biden in a number of major polls.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 21, 2024
'What if Trump?' Moshitora reenters Japanese lexicon
The compact Japanese buzzword has resurfaced in local media reports as the ex-president rises through a number of polls.
A South Korean presidential official has resigned following criticism of his comments regarding a 1988 knife incident, where a journalist who had written columns critical of the government was attacked.
Mar 20, 2024
South Korean official resigns amid controversy over knife attack comment
South Korea has a history of media censorship, which was particularly harsh during administrations from the 1960s to the 1990s.
Prime Minister and Liberal Democratic Party President Fumio Kishida delivers a speech during the LDP's 91st party convention in Tokyo on Sunday.
Mar 18, 2024
What is being missed about the funding scandal
In discussions about the LDP funding scandal, certain considerations are missing. Beyond lambasting the party, these must be addressed for a clear vision.
A group of high schoolers promoting self-liberation from social media and technology meets in New York in December 2022. Young people around the world are switching their smartphones for “dumbphones.”
Mar 18, 2024
How switching from a smart to a flip phone saved me
To stop the endless doomscrolling, some people are turning the clock back and switching to "dumbphones."
Mamiko Tanaka (right), wife of Los Angeles Dodgers Shohei Ohtani, arrives at Incheon International Airport on Friday ahead of the 2024 MLB Seoul Series baseball games.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 18, 2024
A mystery no more: What we know about Ohtani’s wife
No one in the sports world is receiving as much attention right now as baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani — that is, besides his wife, Mamiko Tanaka.
U.S. lawmakers last week overwhelmingly backed a bill to ban TikTok unless Chinese parent company ByteDance divested itself within six months.
Mar 18, 2024
Monsters, asteroids, vampires: AI conspiracies flood TikTok
YouTube tutorials show users how to create "viral conspiracy theory videos" and profit off TikTok's Creativity Program.
Mary Ann Eduarte at her home in Montalban, Rizal, the Philippines.
Mar 15, 2024
Cancer patients in the Philippines falling for alternative 'cures'
The trend was fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, when health care systems were overwhelmed and many were too scared to visit a hospital.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government holds an event in Tokyo in November to increase people's awareness for fraud and 'dark' part-time jobs. Recruitment ads for such jobs formed some 90% of deletion requests made to internet service providers last year.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 15, 2024
Nearly 3,000 postings for 'dark' part-time jobs removed from internet in 2023
Recruitment ads for such jobs formed the bulk of deletion requests made to Japanese internet service providers last year.
A total of 404 students, including 125 elementary school pupils, were either criminally investigated or placed in protective custody last year.
Mar 15, 2024
Japan school bullying cases leading to police probes hit 10-year high
Of the 292 cases, assault was the most common with 102, followed by 60 involving bodily harm and 46 involving suspected sex crimes.
TikTok creators gather before a news conference to voice their opposition to a pending crackdown legislation on TikTok in the House of Representatives, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Tuesday.
Mar 15, 2024
TikTok bill sets up fight over free speech protections of U.S. Constitution
Opponents could argue it infringes free speech by preventing users from expressing themselves and businesses from using the app to promote their products.
The number of elementary school children who became victims of crimes through social media totaled a record 139 last year in Japan, National Police Agency data showed Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 14, 2024
Child victims of social media-related crimes on the rise in Japan
The number of victims has grown fivefold in the past decade.
YouTuber and former Upper House member GaaSyy after his release on bail in September
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 14, 2024
YouTuber GaaSyy given suspended prison term for defaming celebrities
GaaSyy's acts seriously threatened the victims, the presiding judge said, causing them “enormous financial damage” through online hate.
Several U.S. lawmakers along with TikTok creators hold a news conference to voice their opposition to the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act in Washington on Tuesday.
Mar 13, 2024
America’s TikTok addiction isn’t just China’s fault
If you’ve spent time on the platform, you will know how addictive TikTok is. With 170 million users, at least one in three Americans have accessed it.
A TikTok advertisement at a Metro station in Arlington, Virginia
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 12, 2024
TikTok divestment bill moves ahead in U.S. as key Republican wavers
The legislation would block app stores and service providers from offering TikTok unless its Chinese parent ByteDance sells it within six months.
Left: A man protesting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games clashes with police on Aug. 8, 2021. Right: An AI-generated version of the photo to the left is included to show the difference between real and fake images in news reporting.
Mar 11, 2024
Stranger than fiction: How AI threatens photojournalism
AI images will increasingly replace photos of real events in news reporting, posing an existential threat to photojournalism's accuracy and integrity.
The National Police Agency conducted its first survey on social media-linked investment frauds and romance scams as the amount of damage from such cases surged last year.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 7, 2024
Damage from investment and romance scams in Japan hits ¥45.5 billion
The figure was higher than ¥44.12 billion stolen in remittance and other special fraud cases, according to police data.
Fox Chief Executive Officer Lachlan Murdoch
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 5, 2024
Fox's Lachlan Murdoch targets 5 million subscribers for new sports venture
The streaming service will feature all of the sports programming from the three media giants, including ESPN, Fox Sports 1 and channels such as TNT.
Chinese Premier Li Qiang speaks during the 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January.
Mar 4, 2024
China scraps premier's briefing, breaking years of convention
The decision removes a rare platform for investors to learn more about the nation’s policy direction under President Xi Jinping.
Shohei Ohtani's announcement not only broke hearts but also broke the internet, with terms related to his marriage dominating the trending terms on social media.
JAPAN / Society / First person
Mar 1, 2024
Ohtani is taken. It’s enough to make you cry.
It’s official, and it's over: Shohei Ohtani has left the future husband market and, in the blink of an eye, leveled a field of fairy-tale dreams.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?