Mar 28, 2020
On March 12, the Sankei Shimbun ran an editorial urging the media to refrain from criticizing the government for its handling of the coronavirus emergency. The Sankei Shimbun was elaborating on a complaint made by former TV announcer Yoshiko Sakurai that the press was not properly instilling in the public a sense of solidarity in overcoming the crisis. Finding fault with authorities is "acceptable" when things are normal, said the newspaper, but during an emergency focusing on "Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe's political beliefs and trivializ(ing) his response to the national crisis" is not.
Jun 29, 2018
Chinese Embassy in Tokyo issues protest to Japan daily Sankei newspaper over interview with Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu
Feb 8, 2018
Nov 18, 2017
In a Nov. 8 press release, the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center announced that Katsuya Takasu, the most famous plastic surgeon in Japan, was no longer a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS). Previously, the center had been urging the AACS to expel Takasu because of his public praise for Nazism and statements that "deny the Holocaust and the Nanjing Massacre."
Sep 23, 2017
In 1979, The New Yorker ran a very long article by Frances FitzGerald about American history textbooks and how they had changed over the years. She said that the framing of history depends on who is writing it and, more importantly, who is supporting that writing. Publishers present history in such a way as to make their product more palatable to a very general audience. As a result certain aspects of history are lost or distorted. During the early years of the Cold War, for instance, America's motives for past military adventures were invariably justified in contemporary textbooks, whereas after the combative 1960s those motives were questioned.
Mar 25, 2017
During the recent Diet grilling over his alleged involvement in the Moritomo Gakuen land purchase scandal, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accused his opposition party tormentors of resorting to inshō sōsa. The most accurate English translation is probably "image manipulation," which, in the age of fake news, sounds like a term that should be in heavier circulation. Tokyo Shimbun has already flung it back at Abe in its reporting of the anti-conspiracy bill that was approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday.
Apr 15, 2015
Apr 8, 2015
Dec 22, 2014
For people concerned with the weakening of press freedoms under the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, its criticism of Asahi Shimbun and the new state secrets law, there should still be a sense of relief that media suppression in Japan has not quite reached the levels now being seen in South Korea.
Nov 25, 2014
Oct 12, 2014