Category Archives: Media

Media Mix, March 19, 2017

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the press’s inability—or unwillingness—to question the government’s rush to repopulate the evacuation zone around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear facility. Of the examples I gave of media who have questioned this move, Mako Oshidori’s … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Feb. 5, 2017

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about that infamous Tokyo MXTV program, “News Joshi,” and its Jan. 2 segment slamming the anti-helipad protests in Okinawa. At the end of the piece I mentioned Yukihiro Hasegawa, the emcee of the … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Jan. 29, 2017

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, about the aging population in Japan’s prison system and the media’s role in keeping inmates in jail longer. One aspect of the issue that I didn’t explain in enough detail was what happens to ex-convicts, … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Jan. 1, 2017

Happy new year. Here’s this week’s Media Mix, the usual year-end roundup. Due to space issues I didn’t mention one major player this year that deserves all the notoriety it received: Dentsu. I have nothing really to add to the … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Dec. 25, 2016

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the recent summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin. As mentioned in the column, the Japanese media mostly approached the meeting as a show without explaining the reality behind the … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Nov. 27, 2016

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the quixotic movement to cancel the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The downside of the Games that is mainly discussed in the column has to do with the cost and, to a lesser extent, the virulent … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Nov. 20, 2016

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the scandal surrounding the Japan Record Awards. As is clear by the column, all the various players in the media work together to promote one another’s show business interests, so the idea of fostering … Continue reading

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