Category Archives: Media

Media watch: Fuel reprocessing scheme put off for the 26th time

The media tends to frame the controversy over restarting Japan’s nuclear power plants as one that pits nuclear power advocates in the government and the energy industry against organizations that are opposed to nuclear energy under any circumstances. However, the … Continue reading

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Number 1 Shimbun column, August 2022

Here is our August column for the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Japan, about access to abortion in Japan in the wake of the Supreme Court decision in June.

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Media watch: Most famous witness to Okinawan mass suicide dies at 93

On July 19, Shigeaki Kinjo, a man who survived the Battle of Okinawa after killing his family in a mass suicide drive, died at the age of 93. Many media outets ran obituaries, with some going into more detail than … Continue reading

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Media watch: Akihabara rampage ground zero for a certain type of criminal motivation

On Tuesday it was reported that Tomohiro Kato, the man who in 2008 killed 7 people and injured 10 others on a crowded street in the Akihabara section of Tokyo, was executed at the Tokyo Detention Center. The hanging was … Continue reading

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Media watch: Prosecutors emboldened by death of Abe

The media is now closely watching a criminal investigation that involves one of the former executives of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee. According to the Yomiuri Shimbun, Haruyuki Takahashi is suspected of receiving ¥45 million from clothing maker/retailer … Continue reading

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Media watch: Politicians’ association with the Unification Church shouldn’t be surprising

A week or so before the recent Upper House election, my partner, M, received a call from a neighbor who asked her to vote for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. M said she had already voted by pre-election ballot for … Continue reading

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Media watch: Former idol candidates face the music

It’s common for show biz celebrities to run for public office in many countries, and in Japan they usually run under the ruling Liberal Democratic Party banner, for whatever reason. In this weekend’s Upper House race there are two candidates … Continue reading

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Media watch: How do Japan’s and Korea’s economies compare?

Japan’s diplomatic relations with South Korea are probably the worst they’ve ever been, a situation that invariably affects press coverage of what goes on between the two countries. For the most part, these difficulties are grounded in different perspectives on … Continue reading

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Media watch: “Education and Nationalism”

Here is the link to our column for the July issue of the Number 1 Shimbun, which is about how the government’s textbook approval system has affected education in general.

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Media watch: Putting a lid on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

I didn’t see Tokyo 2020 Olympics Side:A, the first half of Naomi Kawase’s official documentary of last year’s games. From talking to others who had seen it, I gathered it contained the athletic footage for which most official Olympic docs … Continue reading

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