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Ambassador to Indonesia disseminates information about Japan on Instagram

JAKARTA – On June 14, Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Kanasugi Kenji, 61, visited the headquarters of emerging financial conglomerate MNC Group in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. The group owns four TV stations and is the largest media outlet in Indonesia. Kanasugi took part in interviews to be posted on two portal sites affiliated with the group.

  • June 24, 2021
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SOCIETY > Crime

Former Sekisui Chemical worker admits violating Unfair Competition Prevention Act

On June 17, the first trial in the Kubota Takashi case was held at the Osaka District Court (presiding judge: Kurihara Tamotsu [sp?]). Kubota is 46-year-old former Sekisui Chemical employee who has been charged with violating the Unfair Competition Prevention Act by providing a Chinese firm with the company’s classified information. The defendant admitted to the charge. In an opening….Read more

  • June 18, 2021
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Editorial: Naomi Osaka shows what a real champion is made of

Naomi Osaka is a remarkable tennis player. She is ranked No. 2 in the world, with seven tournament victories and four Grand Slam titles, having twice won the U.S. Open (in 2018 and 2020) and the Australian Open (2019 and 2021).   In 19 career Grand Slams, she has won the tournament or lost by the fourth round: In other….Read more

  • June 5, 2021
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Media mix: The damage done by a lengthy appeals process

BY PHILIP BRASOR, CONTRIBUTING WRITER   A lot of the news coverage for Kazuo Hara’s award-winning 2018 documentary, “Sennan Asbestos Disaster,” noted two aspects of the production that had nothing to do with its content. The first was that the film was a “return to form” for the then-72-year-old director, who tends to cover subjects involving confrontation.   The second….Read more

  • June 5, 2021
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ECONOMY

Asahi Shimbun logs record net loss amid virus crisis

Tokyo, May 27 (Jiji Press)–Japanese newspaper publisher Asahi Shimbun Co. has reported a record consolidated net loss of 44.1 billion yen for the year through March due to the fallout from the COVID-19 epidemic.   It was the company’s first red ink in 11 years and the largest loss since the newspaper was launched in 1879. The media content and….Read more

  • May 27, 2021
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TV show cites Embassy tweet in report on passing of manga artist

NTV’s Sunday morning infotainment program “Shuichi” carried a report on the passing of Miura Kentaro, a popular Japanese manga artist best known for his dark fantasy series “Berserk.” Miura reportedly died of acute aortic dissection on May 6 at the age of 54. The program said “Berserk” is popular not only in Japan but also in the U.S. and France,….Read more

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Deporting journalists violating coronavirus measures may be difficult

Tokyo, May 22 (Jiji Press)–While the Japanese government is considering deporting foreign journalists violating measures to prevent coronavirus infections during this summer’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, there are doubts about its ability to do so.   The government plans to require media personnel from abroad to submit written pledges to follow coronavirus restrictions including on accommodations and transportation methods. It….Read more

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Japan pulse: Calling out the elephant in the blogosphere

BY KAORI SHOJI, CONTRIBUTING WRITER   This past month, two older men have learned the hard way that saying racist things online is just as awful as saying them in public.   On May 12, a 68-year-old man in Oita Prefecture was ordered by the Tokyo High Court to pay ¥1.3 million in damages to 18-year-old Neo Nakane of Kanagawa….Read more

  • May 22, 2021
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SOCIETY > Media

Substantially fewer people watch TV, NHK Japanese Time Use Survey

On May 20, the NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute announced the results of its “NHK Japanese Time Use Survey,” which it conducts once every five years. Working hours decreased due to COVID-19 and work style reforms. Moreover, the percentage of people who watched TV every day fell below 80% for the first time since the survey began in 1960, with….Read more

  • May 21, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

QAnon theorists find following even among Line users in Japan

By Yuri Murakami, staff writer   A woman from Aichi Prefecture in her 20s finally had enough after her mother apparently fell under the spell of QAnon right-wing conspiracy theorists.   She received a message from her mother on the Line app at the end of February that said, “Only Japanese people think that the deep state is just a conspiracy….Read more

  • May 5, 2021
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