And last of all, a grab bag of insights into what Japan’s media have been up to recently:
- In the Big in Japan column, Mark Schreiber scours the tabloid mags and unearths a survey examining the link between salary level and loneliness among men during the pandemic, and reports on how a new film group plans to revive films and TV focused on Japan’s samurai past.
- Where do you draw the line between calm, a positive, and inertia, a negative? With that theme to guide him, Michael Hoffman rifles through the weeklies, showcasing stories on everything from Japan’s worst power harassers to what people at the tail end of life need to sort out before it’s too late.
- When did you last tell a fib? Go on, be honest. In another Big in Japan column, Hoffman tackles the untruths we tell, and why we do it — from the lies the COVID-19 crisis has made us confront, to those we tell our psychiatrists and our children.
- The government “cannot revoke” Fuji Media’s broadcasting permit despite the firm’s past violation of a foreign ownership rule, the communications minister said recently. What it can do, it seems, is send letters to broadcasters telling them to check themselves that they too are not breaking the law.
- Weather forecaster Saya Hiyama is the latest media personality to garner an online following, based initially off a simple change in facial expression, now replayed millions of times. But what does her popularity say about celebrity in the digital age? Patrick St. Michel investigates in Japan Pulse.