Tag - media



Photographer Robert Beck took the famous photo of Brandi Chastain celebrating the United States' victory in the Women's World Cup final in 1999 that appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Jan 25, 2024
The Sports Illustrated cover, a faded canvas that once defined sports
Sports Illustrated's power to define sports discourse been steadily eroding, but it is hard to overstate the power it once had.
Toshinori Yashiki, deputy director-general at the Financial Services Agency, urged lenders to pay particular attention to highly-leveraged borrowers.
Jan 24, 2024
Japan regulator will probe risks to banks from higher rates
The Bank of Japan is expected to make its first rate hike since 2007 within a few months, raising the possibility that borrowers will struggle with higher interest payments.
According to Hitoshi Matsumoto’s lawyer, he is suing Bungei Shunju, the publisher of the Shukan Bunshun weekly magazine over an article that was published in the magazine and online on Dec. 27.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 23, 2024
Comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto sues publisher over sexual assault article
The Downtown member is suing Bungei Shunju, the publisher of the Shukan Bunshun weekly magazine, for defamation.
Sony had been expected to benefit from Zee’s deep library of content in regional Indian languages and its dozens of local television channels.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 22, 2024
Sony sends termination letter to Zee over India merger
The entertainment giant cited conditions of the merger agreement not being met as the reason for ending the deal with the Indian media network.
TV screens in Osaka show news of a large earthquake hitting a wide area of the Sea of Japan coast in central Japan and subsequent tsunami warnings in the affected regions on Jan. 1.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 19, 2024
How Japan’s quake information apparatus springs into action
Lessons from 3/11 led to greater urgency in communications and centralization of information, while tech continues to shape the approach.
A clock thrown away at a trash site in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Monday shows the approximate time that an earthquake hit the area on Jan. 1.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 19, 2024
Nanao mayor says Line group chat was essential to relief efforts
The group chat consisting of 300 municipal leaders nationwide allowed Yoshitaka Chatani to directly communicate with other mayors who were eager to help.
Sheryl Sandberg at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, in 2019. Sandberg joined Facebook in 2008 as the No. 2 to co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to oversee the fledgling company’s advertising, partnerships, business development and operations.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 18, 2024
Meta’s Sheryl Sandberg to leave board after 12 years
Sandberg was key to turning the social network into one of the world’s biggest and most financially successful companies.
Around 100 YouTube channels actively deny climate change, while also spreading videos attacking solutions such as wind and solar.
Jan 17, 2024
Attacks on renewable energy are proliferating on YouTube
While videos espousing climate denial are declining across nearly 100 YouTube channels, videos attacking solutions such as wind and solar are growing.
Takuya Matsunaga, who suffered from negative social media posts after losing his wife and daughter in a high-profile car accident in 2019, speaks of his experience at a meeting held at the Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo in November.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 14, 2024
Japan plans legal revision for quicker deletion of defamatory posts
The bill would also require new guidelines for the deletion of posts and making it clear to users who to contact in order to file such requests.
Elon Musk attends an interview in New York on Nov. 29.
Jan 10, 2024
SEC’s ‘compromised’ account amplifies X mistrust, security concerns
The high-profile breach comes at a time when X and billionaire owner Elon Musk are seeking to win back trust from both users and advertisers.
A man shows a photo of what was described on social media as a suspicious car, saved on his smartphone in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Sunday.
Jan 9, 2024
Misinformation spreads in wake of Ishikawa earthquake
The issue of misinformation following the earthquake has also been noted by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Tokyo is considered a 15-minute city, where many residents live within a short walking or cycling distance from the shops and facilities they need.
Jan 5, 2024
Don't let the culture wars sabotage 15-minute cities
In 15-minute cities, amenities can easily be reached on foot. Why are conspiracy theorists attacking the idea and what nuance is missing from the debate?
Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich stands inside an enclosure for defendants during a court hearing on espionage charges in Moscow on Oct. 10.
Jan 3, 2024
Remember the world’s political prisoners. One could be you.
Hostage diplomacy and arbitrary arrests by autocratic governments are a growing threat.
A tsunami is seen hitting the city of Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Monday.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 3, 2024
Misinformation on Japan quake spreading on social media, government warns
Some posts have attributed the cause of the quake to the use of an "earthquake weapon" and called the seismic event an "artificial earthquake."
As Japan’s borders opened back up and tourists eager to document their long-awaited trips to the country streamed back in, 2023 saw a handful of prominent content creators stir up trouble with local residents to grab attention online.
LIFE / Digital / 2023 in Review
Dec 29, 2023
Social media binged on bad behavior in 2023
Mischief makers like Johnny Somali and "sushi terrorism" instigators gained attention online amid a deluge of Japan-related content this year.
The New York Times headquarters in New York. The New York Times has sued Microsoft and OpenAI for using its content to help develop artificial intelligence services, in a sign of the increasingly fraught relationship between the media and a technology that could upend the news industry.
Dec 28, 2023
NYT sues Microsoft and OpenAI for copyright infringement
While OpenAI has been sued by prominent authors, the suit is the first challenge to its practices by a major media organization.
The U.S. head office of TikTok in Culver City, California
Dec 24, 2023
Whoever designed TikTok Shop should get coal for Christmas
With TikTok Shop's debut holiday season, is sees a mixed bag of success and struggles.
In Japan, most of the trending hashtags on X on Thursday are related to the platform's outage.
Dec 21, 2023
Social media platform X back up after wide-scale outage
Social media platform X suffered a global outage on Thursday, with users being unable to view posts.
Poland's Iga Swiatek in action during the WTA Finals in Cancun, Mexico, in November.
Dec 21, 2023
Tennis governing bodies aim to combat online abuse of players
The bodies will use Threat Matrix, which uses a combination of AI and open-source data, to provide a rapid threat assessment of personal safety.
X owner Elon Musk
Dec 19, 2023
EU targets Musk's X in first illegal content probe
The probe will focus on countering the dissemination of illegal content and the effectiveness of measures taken to combat information manipulation.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on