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Foreign missions court controversy with Japanese tweets

Several embassies and consulates in Japan have aroused controversy by posting messages espousing one-sided views and using extreme language — and even remarks aimed at Japan — in Japanese on Twitter.   China and Russia have been especially active on this platform to trumpet their own governments’ views and apparently attempt to sway public opinion on a range of issues.….Read more

  • August 31, 2022
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Foreign elements may be involved in Twitter accounts spreading fake information on PM Abe’s shooting

Some of the Japanese Twitter accounts that played a central role in spreading false rumors that the shooting of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo (67) was staged had actively spread what appear to be conspiracy theories regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine and COVID-19 vaccines, it was found on Aug. 3. According to an analysis conducted by an information security….Read more

  • August 4, 2022
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Digital tech rushes forward / Battle rages over transparency in social media

From heads of state to ordinary citizens, people from all walks of life make their thoughts known through social media, which has become a vital tool for expression in modern society.   Currently, the deletion and monitoring of postings remain the responsibility of the platform operators that manage social media.   But a battle is raging over transparency and accountability….Read more

  • July 31, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 12:03 p.m.
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67% trust newspapers, 66% trust TV, Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association poll

On March 24, the Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association (Pressnet) announced the results of its January 2022 Newspaper Audience Survey, which probes the frequency of media usage and media reliability. A total of 1,243 men and women age 15 through 79 nationwide submitted valid responses. Asked if the time they spend using media has increased since COVID-19 appeared in….Read more

  • March 25, 2022
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Newspapers are most trusted source of information, Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association poll

On Jan. 20, the Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association (Pressnet) announced the results of its October 2021 Newspaper Audience Survey. A full 47.1% of respondents said they trust the information in the newspaper, making it the most trusted medium of information.   The survey probed usage of the media, including newspapers, the television, and the Internet and was conducted….Read more

  • January 21, 2022
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 22
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SECURITY > Okinawa

Local gov’t prohibits media from using rest stop observatory to monitor Kadena AB operations

Okinawa Times wrote that the government of the town of Kadena prohibited the media on Monday from using an observation deck located on the fourth floor of a new building at a roadside rest station in the town that was opened to the public on Jan. 14. The paper wrote that people connected to the media have regularly visited the….Read more

  • January 25, 2022
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Changing times brought renewed enthusiasm for learning English in Japan

NHK’s current morning drama “Come, Come, Everybody” depicts three generations of women and their connection with English radio programs.

  • December 28, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 11:47 a.m.
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How Twitter moderates content in Japan

BY TOMOHIRO OSAKI, STAFF WRITER   In this era of fake news and COVID-19 misinformation, social media giants — and the amplified role they can play in shaping public opinion — have come under intense scrutiny worldwide.   A similar kind of social media reckoning is now catching up with Japan, too, after a recent string of events has accelerated….Read more

  • December 20, 2021
  • , The Japan Times
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Journalist Jon Mitchell exposes environmental contamination by U.S. military

In a new book released last year, journalist Jon Mitchell (47) exposes the U.S. military’s environmental contamination of the western Pacific. Mitchell painstakingly reviewed thousands of pages of internal documents obtained through public records requests, and interviewed survivors, service members, whistleblowers, and indigenous leaders to expose a situation that has been covered up. Some of the incidents described in the….Read more

  • November 12, 2021
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Roundup of newspaper editorials on dissolution of Lower House and general election

By Uchihata Tsugumasa   The Lower House has been dissolved and the election campaign period started on Oct. 19. The nation will go to the polls on Oct. 31 to vote in the first general election in four years. It will also be the first election held during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the spread of the virus, Japan….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
  • , Sankei , p. 12
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