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Media watch: Trial of Utoro arson suspect receives scant coverage

May 16 was the first day of the criminal trial of Shogo Arimoto, the 22-year-old man arrested for starting a fire in the Utoro district of Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, last August. Arimoto admitted to all the charges, though he denies … Continue reading

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Media watch: Nothing new in Kishida’s new capitalism

The amount of cash that Japanese people keep as savings is legendary. At present, it roughly totals ¥1 quadrillion, an enormous sum and one that many people interpret as being a sign of frugality. Japanese people are averse to risk, … Continue reading

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Media watch: Japan’s promotion of IR/casinos looking increasingly unrealistic

On April 20, the Wakayama Prefectural Assembly rejected an integrated casino resort project being promoted by the prefecture’s governor and other prominent politicians. That leaves just Osaka city and prefecture, and Nagasaki as localities that have said they will submit … Continue reading

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Media watch: What is behind mass killer Satoshi Uematsu’s change of heart to pursue a retrial?

On April 28, Mainichi Shimbun reported that Satoshi Uematsu, the 32-year-old man convicted in 2020 of killing 19 people at a facility for the disabled in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, had applied to the Yokohama District Court for a retrial. Mainichi’s … Continue reading

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Media column May 2022

Here is our media column for the May issue of the Number 1 Shimbun, which is about a veteran reporter for the Asahi Shimbun who was punished for supposedly putting pressure on another publication on behalf of former prime minister … Continue reading

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Media watch: What’s missing from the discussion of elective names for married couples?

Late last month, Seiko Noda, the state minister in charge of gender equality, remarked that a recent Cabinet Office survey to gauge the public’s opinion on allowing couples to retain separate surnames after marrying was misleading. The survey results seemed … Continue reading

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Media watch: Press wonders if 2030 Sapporo Olympics is already in the bag

In case you weren’t aware, Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, is gunning for the 2030 Winter Olympics, a goal that has been met with mixed feelings by not only many Japanese but, seemingly, many residents of Sapporo. Given the trauma … Continue reading

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Media watch: New children’s agency may not necessarily be there for children

On March 14, the Mainichi Shimbun published an article about an ordinance proposed in the Okayama prefectural assembly to bolster so-called home education in order to “encourage children to become parents in the future.” The proposal received pushback from certain … Continue reading

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Media watch: Trans parent throws family court for a loop

In response to yet another earnest challenge to Japan’s family register (koseki) system, the Tokyo Family Court on Feb. 28 refused to recognize a person as the father of two children despite the fact that this person provided their own … Continue reading

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Media watch: Secret births wreak havoc on bureaucratic protocols

In 2007, Jikei Hospital in Kumamoto installed a “baby hatch” where infants could be deposited anonymously, presumably by parents who are unable to raise them for whatever reason. Since then, the hospital has received about a dozen babies every year … Continue reading

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