Category Archives: Media

Media Mix, March 29, 2020

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the government’s campaign to squelch any media stories that conflict with its own narrative about the coronavirus crisis. Since we first started working on this column several weeks ago, the situation has been even … Continue reading

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Media Mix, March 22, 2020

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the theatrical feature Fukushima 50. Part of the column discusses the portrayal of Naoto Kan, who was prime minister at the time of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster depicted in the movie. Kan comes off … Continue reading

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Review: Mishima, the Last Debate

Almost 50 years after he committed ritual suicide at the self-defense agency headquarters in Tokyo at the age of 45, Yukio Mishima wedges his way back into Japan’s consciousness in the form of a documentary based on “lost footage” of … Continue reading

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Media Mix, March 1, 2020

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about new flight paths in and out of Haneda International Airport, and the Japan-U.S. security alliance’s role in the matter. Given the amount of news that has gone on since I started writing this column … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Feb. 16, 2020

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about LDP lawmaker Tomomi Inada’s perceived shift to the center owing to her support for a tax revision that would provide deductions for single mothers who have never been married. As pointed out in the … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Feb. 9, 2020

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the press’s collateral coverage of the trial of the Sagamihara care home killer. It should be noted that neighborhood resistance to care facilities for people with disabilities is not a rare thing. The Mainichi … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Jan. 19, 2020

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, which is about the detention of foreigners who don’t happen to be Carlos Ghosn, mainly by the immigration authority rather than the police or prosecutors. First, I should mention that the header chosen by the … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Jan. 12, 2020

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the Japan Post Holdings scandal, which is mainly about the way NHK was prevented from covering the matter fully. Two pertinent points that aren’t made fully clear in the column is that Yasuo Suzuki, … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Dec. 15, 2019

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the so-called shock of moving the 2020 Olympic marathon and walking race from Tokyo to Sapporo. As pointed out in the column, the International Olympic Committee has every right to unilaterally move events outside … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Dec. 1, 2019

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about Reiwa Shinsengumi leader Taro Yamamoto, who was profiled and analyzed in several cover stories in a recent issue of Newsweek Japan. As pointed out in the column, Yamamoto currently holds no elected office, a … Continue reading

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