Category Archives: Media

Media watch: Starting deadline for paying back COVID loans approaches

One of the government’s countermeasures to address the economic hardship caused by COVID-19 was interest-free loans, called tokurei kashitsuke, for households whose income had dropped appeciably due to the pandemic. Though these kinds of loans have always been available, the … Continue reading

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Media watch: Death row inmates question the way they meet their ends

Several days ago, most major media outlets reported on a ¥33 million lawsuit filed by lawyers for 3 inmates on Osaka Detention House’s death row to change their execution method due to the cruel nature of the way those executions … Continue reading

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Media watch: Is Japan ready for uterus transplants?

According to an article published by Asahi Shimbun on Nov. 25, Keio University has applied to the health ministry for permission to carry out uterus transplants. If permission is granted, the ministry will start screening applicants for the procedure early … Continue reading

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Media watch: Japanese actor gets grief for apologizing to Korean press

Japanese actor Yoko Maki is the target of online vitriol for comments she recently made in South Korea. According to a Nov. 18 post on the website Shukan Josei Prime, Maki was interviewed by the Korean “media company” OSEN and … Continue reading

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Media watch: Kishida will only go so far in denouncing anti-Korean hate

Whenever North Korea launches another missile in the general direction of Japan, you can bet that anti-Korean behavior among certain Japanese people will increase, especially against residents who are perceived to be North Korean sympathizers, such as students who attend … Continue reading

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Media watch: Revision of 300-day law isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

As we’ve said here many times before, one of the main purposes of Japan’s family register system (koseki) is to determine paternity for the sake of bureaucratic convenience, which means that it is the authorities who have the last word … Continue reading

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Number 1 Shimbun October

Here is our column for the October issue of the Number 1 Shimbun, which is about separate names for married couples in Japan.

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Media watch: Statues of limitations to honor not-dead political figures

Now that Shinzo Abe’s state funeral is history, we can get back to the business of mocking politicians, like former prime minister and sports honcho Yoshiro Mori, whose penchant for gaffes is even more fulfilling than Taro Aso’s. On Sept. … Continue reading

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Media watch: Government does itself no favors with new incentives to promote My Number cards

For several years the Japanese government and, more specifically, the new digital agency has been trying to sell the public on the My Number system, which assigns a 12-digit ID number to everyone who lives in Japan. Assigning the numbers … Continue reading

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Media watch: Media take a more clinical look at sex crimes

Last month, a man named Akinori Hashimoto was sentenced by the Tokyo District Court to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing and photographing 20 boys between the ages of 5 and 11 from 2015 to 2020. Hashimoto, an accredited … Continue reading

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