Category Archives: Media

Media Mix, April 6, 2014

The photo and caption my editor chose for this week’s Media Mix touched on an aspect of the consumption tax hike I didn’t mention in the column itself, mainly because there wasn’t enough room and seemed sort of incidental, but, … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Feb. 16, 2014

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the Samuragochi scandal. In the past week all the media that covered the fraud composer have issued apologies, including NHK, which made a fawning documentary about him. As I said in the column people … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Jan. 5, 2014

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the influence of money on issues related to Abe’s Yasukuni visit and the announcement by Okinawa governor Hirokazu Nakaima that he will approve the application to start the proposed air base in Nago. There’s … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Dec. 22, 2013

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about the media’s fascination with the burgeoning ranks of the senile. Aside from the obvious economic ramifications, which the column goes into, there is an underlying question of whether or not dementia is … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Nov. 24, 2013

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the bestseller “Genpatsu Whiteout,” whose pseudonymous author has been the object of much speculation since, as he admits in the Tokyo Shimbun interview cited, he is a career bureaucrat. As a sidelight to the … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Nov. 10, 2013

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about how media coverage of people considered outside the mainstream may contribute to their continuing social marginalization. The headline in the JT says “minorities,” which is technically correct in the context of the … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Nov. 3, 2013

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the Hankyu Hanshin Hotels scandal involving restaurant menus that misrepresent the food that’s actually served. In the days since I filed the column several more hotels have come out and admitted to goosing their … Continue reading

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In memory of Takashi Yanase

Takashi Yanase, who created the beloved manga and anime “Anpanman,” died last week. His creation was the subject of the first Media Mix column I wrote, and I’ve reproduced it here. Media Mix, Jan. 19, 1995 Faster than a speeding … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Sept. 22, 2013

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is a survey of negative reactions in the media to Tokyo’s winning bid for the 2020 Olympic Games. One of the more interesting pieces of information I came across while researching the column had … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Aug. 18, 2013

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about discussions surrounding Japan’s collective self-defense capabilities. At the end of the column I express doubt that the Japanese public really agrees with the government’s plan to join such collective military activities, but … Continue reading

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