National / Crime & Legal Dec 23, 2015

South Korea prosecutors will not appeal Sankei acquittal

Seoul prosecutors say they will not appeal the recent acquittal of a Japanese journalist they had earlier charged with defaming South Korea's president. Prosecutors had sought an 18-month prison term for Tatsuya Kato of the conservative Sankei Shimbun newspaper, but a Seoul district court declared ...

Sankei ex-Seoul bureau chief 'relieved' to be back in Japan

National / Media Apr 15, 2015

Sankei ex-Seoul bureau chief 'relieved' to be back in Japan

The Sankei Shimbun's former Seoul bureau chief Tatsuya Kato visited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday after returning to Japan from South Korea, where he had been facing a travel ban, accused of defaming President Park Geun-hye. "I thanked (Abe) for giving me encouragement by ...

Editorials Oct 12, 2014

Freedom of the press in South Korea

Criminal action taken by Seoul prosecutors against a Japanese journalist for questioning the whereabouts of President Park Geun-hye on the day in August when a South Korean passenger ferry sank raises serious questions about South Korea's commitment to freedom of the press.

National Oct 10, 2014

Experts question indictment of Japanese journalist in South Korea

South Korea's indictment of the former Seoul bureau chief at the right-leaning daily Sankei Shimbun is being criticized by experts who say the move might represent an attack against a Japanese media outlet. Japanese journalist Tatsuya Kato, 48, was indicted Wednesday on charges of defaming ...

National Aug 20, 2014

Sankei bureau chief appears before prosecutors again over Park article

The Seoul bureau chief of the Sankei Shimbun appeared before prosecutors for a second time Wednesday, for questioning about a controversial article about President Park Geun-hye. The appearance of Tatsuya Kato, 48, at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office followed another session of questioning on ...