National / Crime & Legal Feb 4, 2020

Yomiuri Shimbun reporter arrested for alleged stimulant use

A Yomiuri Shimbun reporter has been arrested by Tokyo police for allegedly using stimulant drugs, police sources said Tuesday. Takeharu Ishibashi, 34, a Yomiuri reporter based in Chitose, Hokkaido, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department. Ishibashi is suspected of using stimulants in Tokyo or surrounding ...

Japan considers naming Yomiuri chairman as ambassador to Switzerland

National Aug 7, 2019

Japan considers naming Yomiuri chairman as ambassador to Switzerland

The government is considering appointing Kojiro Shiraishi, chairman of media conglomerate the Yomiuri Shimbun group, as its new ambassador to Switzerland, a government source said Wednesday. It would be rare for someone working in the media to be appointed as an ambassador, but the 72-year-old ...

Sticky bonds of the media and government

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Jun 24, 2017

Sticky bonds of the media and government

by Philip Brasor

Last month, the United Nations Human Rights Council released a report critical of the Japanese government. The author, David Kaye, expressed concern over the way the media is pressured by the authorities to support their policies. The government objected to the report, saying it ...

How the word 'terrorism' can help pass a bill

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Mar 25, 2017

How the word 'terrorism' can help pass a bill

by Philip Brasor

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 ...