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Olympic athletes pained by online bashing, mental health care sought

TOKYO — Behind Japan’s record-high gold medal rush in the Tokyo Olympics, some of its athletes have been struggling with online bashing, prompting sports experts to call for strong measures to protect the Olympians’ mental health.   Daiki Hashimoto, who won gold in the men’s all-around final in gymnastics, is one of the latest examples in which his victory has been clouded by hateful messages online. He….Read more

  • July 31, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 3:05 p.m.
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Japanese olympic athletes targeted by social media abuse

  Tokyo, July 29 (Jiji Press)–While Japanese athletes are delivering spectacular performances at the Tokyo Olympics, they have become targets of abusive comments on social media from people in and outside Japan.   Table tennis star Jun Mizutani said on Twitter on Wednesday that he received a flurry of direct messages from people from “a certain country” telling him to….Read more

  • July 29, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 1:35 p.m.
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FEATURE: Foreign media accept Tokyo Olympic COVID rules, rue missed chances

Journalists traveling to the Tokyo Olympics from overseas have been largely accepting of how the games are being staged amid the coronavirus pandemic, acknowledging the challenges of conducting such a massive event under difficult circumstances.

  • July 28, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 10:26 a.m.
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Tokyo Olympics swayed by opinions on social media

By Nakagawa Junichiro, online news editor   It was announced that musician Oyamada Keigo will be in charge of the music for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. Oyamada’s “bullying of disabled people” during his student days, which he recounted in magazine interviews in 1994 and 1995 has been picked up and widely commented on in social media. Although….Read more

  • July 17, 2021
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 21
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Toyota decides not to air Olympics-related TV ads

Nikkei, Yomiuri, Mainichi, and Sankei wrote that Toyota Motor Corp. decided on Monday that it will not air TV commercials related to the Tokyo Olympics even though the company had planned to run TV ads featuring Olympic athletes whom it sponsors. The papers wrote that the decision by Toyota, one of the top corporate sponsors of the Olympics and Paralympics,….Read more

  • July 20, 2021
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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Media mix: The media and the authorities misinterpret the spirit of protest

BY PHILIP BRASOR, CONTRIBUTING WRITER   In a conversation that appeared in the August issue of the monthly magazine Hanada and was reported by the Mainichi Shimbun, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that parties “who have been criticized by some as anti-Japan” are now “strongly opposing staging the Olympics.”   Abe’s interlocutor, former news presenter Yoshiko Sakurai, is a….Read more

  • July 17, 2021
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Media mix: The domestic media largely moves on from ‘public concern’ over the Olympics

BY PHILIP BRASOR, CONTRIBUTING WRITER On June 20, domestic and international media toured the Olympic and Paralympic Village where athletes will be housed during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. At one point, former J. League chairman and current “mayor” of the village, Saburo Kawabuchi, chided the assembled press, saying that they had talked about whether the games should proceed and that….Read more

  • July 10, 2021
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Japan pulse: Can a Japanese mom’s YouTube post keep anti-vax conspiracies at bay?

BY PATRICK ST. MICHEL, CONTRIBUTING WRITER   The videos appearing on the EmiAly Mommy TV YouTube channel capture the daily life of a Japanese mother named Junko living in California. The uploads explore what may be run-of-the-mill happenings for most Americans, but can be fascinating looks at life abroad for Japanese viewers. Examples of her work include a video tour….Read more

  • June 26, 2021
  • , The Japan Times
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Media mix: Journalists fear land-purchase law may hit local residents

BY PHILIP BRASOR, CONTRIBUTING WRITER   On June 4, Okinawa prefectural police raided the home of entomologist Akino Miyagi after she dumped waste she’d found in a Yambaru forest, an area destined to become a UNESCO World Heritage site, at the front gate of the U.S. military’s Northern Training Center in April. Miyagi, who has been studying the forest, said the gesture….Read more

  • June 26, 2021
  • , The Japan Times
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Big in Japan: Road signs that point to a ‘post-corona’ Japan

BY MARK SCHREIBER, CONTRIBUTING WRITER   It has been 17 months since the first reported cases of COVID-19 in Japan. During this period, the government declared states of emergency on three occasions. The good news, reports the June 28 edition of Shukan Taishu, is that the end of the pandemic may be in sight.   “The rollout of vaccinations from….Read more

  • June 26, 2021
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