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Infographic: Where Japanese learn the news

  • October 14, 2021
  • , Yomiuri , p. 27
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67% in Japan object to targeted advertising on internet, Yomiuri poll

Approximately two in three people object to targeted advertisements on the internet, according to a recent nationwide survey on the media published Thursday by The Yomiuri Shimbun   The findings come from a Yomiuri Shimbun survey conducted from Aug. 17 to Sept. 22 canvassing 3,000 people across the country. Of them, 2,140, or 71%, responded.   Targeted advertising involves showing….Read more

  • October 14, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 7:37 p.m.
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Editorial: Newspapers carry out social mission to provide solid, reliable information

Unreliable information and malicious false rumors have been spreading in society. This is especially intolerable when it comes to the novel coronavirus. We wish to bring to mind again the role media organizations should play in verifying facts and conveying them correctly.   Newspaper Week will start on Oct. 15. Regarding the coronavirus, suspicious information was observed mainly on the….Read more

  • October 13, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 12:18 p.m.
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Jiji Press public opinion poll on newspapers

According to the Jiji Press public opinion poll on newspapers, 59.5% of pollees said they “subscribe” to a newspaper, down by 3.0 percentage points from the 62.5% found in the previous poll conducted in September 2020. [Jiji Press has conducted this poll on newspapers every year since 2008.] In 2008, 86.2% reported that they subscribe to a newspaper, and the….Read more

  • October 11, 2021
  • , Jiji Press Public Opinion Poll Bulletin , [No. 1677] pp. 1, 4–7
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Kei Komuro’s ponytail caused a media frenzy in Japan – leaving some to ask why

BY TOMOHIRO OSAKI, STAFF WRITER When Kei Komuro, the boyfriend of Princess Mako, was accosted by a Japanese TV crew on the streets of New York last week, a resulting headline made a show of the fact that he was sporting a ponytail.   “Kei Komuro spotted in New York, his long hair tied back,” a Fuji News Network (FNN)….Read more

  • September 30, 2021
  • , The Japan Times
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POLITICS > Elections

LDP presidential candidates battle for support on SNS

Social networking sites (SNSs) have become a major battleground for drumming up support in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) presidential election campaign amid the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the benchmarks used to gauge the popularity of candidates is the number of people who stop to listen to speeches on the street. But LDP leadership contenders have had few opportunities to….Read more

  • September 22, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 2
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MAFF bureaucrat-cum-YouTuber takes on unprecedented challenge

In 2020, Matsumoto Junko, who works at the public relations and policy evaluation division of the minister’s secretariat at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), launched BUZZ MAFF, Japan’s first YouTube channel run by bureaucrats.

  • September 6, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 25
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SOCIETY > Crime

Japan eyes stricter penalties for cyberbullies

Cyberbullies may soon face stricter penalties under proposed changes to Japan’s criminal code that aim to crack down on online attacks.   The Justice Ministry plans to submit revisions to the Penal Code in mid-September for review by the Legislative Council, an advisory panel to the justice minister.   The Penal Code applies the term “insult” to a wide range….Read more

  • August 31, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 3:09 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Hiroshima Univ. associate prof. posts racist tweet against Chinese

Hiroshima University Graduate School associate professor Ito Ryuta, who specializes in international politics, posted a discriminatory remark on his Twitter account, saying, “We don’t need to seriously deal with Chinese people, who are morally inferior,” it was learned on Aug. 10. A student group working against discrimination has launched a campaign for collecting signatures to call on the multiple universities….Read more

  • August 11, 2021
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 24
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