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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?
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 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.
Medical fees will be lowered by 0.12% in fiscal 2024, marking the fifth consecutive reduction in the fees that are reviewed every two years.
Dec 20, 2023
Japan fees for medical services and drugs to be lowered by 0.12%
The government will raise its official fees for nursing and disability welfare services by 1.59% and 1.12%, respectively, in fiscal 2024.
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.
Commuters watch videos on their mobile phones as they travel in a suburban train in Mumbai, India.
Dec 14, 2023
Bollywood star in lycra or deepfake? AI on social media takes toll
More than 90% of deepfake videos online are pornographic, according to technology experts, and most are of women.
Since starting out as a venue for short, silly lip-syncing videos, TikTok has emerged as an incubator for consumer trends, with millions of people trying on clothes and reviewing products.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 13, 2023
TikTok Shop sees early success, taking aim at giant Amazon
In a sign of how seriously Amazon is taking TikTok, the company cut deals with Pinterest, Meta and Snapchat to let users shop without leaving those apps.
A digital painting of Hong Kong bakery items by Tam Ka-yan, which was published on Instagram in 2020.
Dec 13, 2023
Hong Kong illustrator seeks to preserve culinary heritage through art
Currently an exchange student in Japan, Tam Ka-yan cites Japanese properties like the films of Studio Ghibli as inspiration.
Chinese influencer Li Ying used social media to help tell the world about last year’s protests in China. Now in exile, he has been threatened and lost his livelihood for his defiance.
Dec 12, 2023
‘I have no future’: China’s rebel influencer is still paying a price
To some Chinese, painter and art school graduate Li Ying is a superhero who stood up to their authoritarian government and leader.
Data has shown that the United States women's team — which has routinely been targeted for online abuse over the years — was subjected to the most abuse during the 2023 Women's World Cup.
SOCCER / Women's World cup
Dec 12, 2023
One in five players at Women's World Cup suffer online abuse: study
Nearly 50% of the verified online abuse was homophobic, sexual or sexist in nature.
Referee Tom Foley reacts during a Premiership Rugby game in September 2021. Foley has said that he will step away from international match officiating for the foreseeable future due to online abuse.
Dec 5, 2023
Top referee Foley stands down from international rugby over abuse
Tom Foley has previously reported receiving death threats to himself and his family in the wake of this year's Rugby World Cup final.
Yoshikazu Uchikawa, head lawyer representing plaintiffs of a lawsuit demanding that cuts in welfare benefits be revoked, speaks at a news conference in Nagoya on Thursday following a Nagoya High Court ruling.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 1, 2023
Japan high court revokes welfare benefit cuts
The plaintiffs argued that there was an error in the method for calculating the price index used as the basis for the reductions.
Elon Musk, owner of the social media platform X, is interviewed at the 2023 New York Times DealBook Summit in New York on Wednesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 1, 2023
More advertisers likely to flee X after Musk tirade at conference
Elon Musk unleashed a profanity-laced rant against advertisers for fleeing the platform and accused the brands of "blackmail."
Elon Musk waits backstage before being interviewed at the 2023 New York Times DealBook Summit in New York on Wednesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 30, 2023
Elon Musk says advertiser boycott may kill X
Earlier this month, Musk agreed with a post that said Jewish people hold a "dialectical hatred” of white people.
An advertisement for Lai Ching-te, whose presidential campaign was the target of an audio deepfake, in Taipei on Nov. 14. Ahead of a presidential election in January, Taiwanese fact checkers and watchdogs say they are ready for Beijing. But they are still worried.
Nov 27, 2023
Can Taiwan continue to fight off Chinese disinformation?
Ahead of a presidential election in January, Taiwanese fact checkers and watchdogs say they are ready for Beijing. But they are still worried.


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