National Feb 10, 2015

Former Asahi reporter files libel suit over 'comfort women' issue

A former Asahi Shimbun reporter filed a libel suit Tuesday against a journalist and three publishers, arguing that their articles erroneously claimed he fabricated a report on a former Korean "comfort woman." In the suit filed with the Sapporo District Court, Takashi Uemura is demanding ...

Editorials Dec 24, 2014

Standing up to threats

A Sapporo university's decision to retain an instructor in the face of rightist threats is a victory for freedom of expression and other fundamental democratic rights.

Commentary / Japan | COUNTERPOINT Nov 8, 2014

Right-wing witch hunt signals dark days in Japan

by Jeff Kingston

Many Japanese and long-time Japan observers have expressed dismay about the recrudescence of self-righteous nationalism under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has emboldened right-wing extremists now threatening democratic institutions and civil liberties. "The revisionist right in Japan with the active encouragement, if not involvement, of ...