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Detained Japanese journalist charged in Myanmar

The Japanese Embassy in Myanmar says a Japanese journalist was charged on Monday with disseminating fake news. Kitazumi Yuki was detained last month by the country’s military.   Embassy officials say Kitazumi is accused of fueling anxiety among citizens and spreading false information.   Kitazumi was taken from his home in Yangon by security forces on April 18. He has….Read more

  • May 4, 2021
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Group seeks release of journalist held in Myanmar

A group of journalists in Japan has submitted a petition to the country’s government, calling for it to take a tough stance in seeking the release of a Japanese journalist detained by Myanmar’s military.   Kitazumi Yuki was taken from his apartment in Yangon by security personnel on April 18 and detained for allegedly fueling anxiety among citizens and spreading….Read more

  • April 27, 2021
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Embassy checks on detained journalist’s condition

The Japanese Embassy in Myanmar says it has confirmed that Kitazumi Yuki, a Japanese journalist who has been detained by the country’s military, has no health problems.   The embassy says Japan’s Ambassador to Myanmar, Maruyama Ichiro, spoke with Kitazumi by phone on Friday afternoon.   The embassy quotes Kitazumi as saying that he has no physical problems and has….Read more

  • April 23, 2021
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Mainichi President Maruyama to head Japan newspaper association

TOKYO — The Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association has decided to nominate The Mainichi Newspapers Co. President Masahiro Maruyama as its next chairperson at an April 21 selection committee meeting.   Maruyama will succeed the incumbent Toshikazu Yamaguchi, president of the Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings, after his term ends in June, following official endorsements at the association members’ general meeting….Read more

  • April 22, 2021
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Is the IOC putting a torch to ‘freedom of speech’?

BY PHILIP BRASOR, CONTRIBUTING WRITER   Japan’s five leading national daily newspapers are all either official partners or official supporters of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which means they are ultimately invested in their success.   Coverage of the official activities leading up to July’s opening ceremony began with the torch relay on March 25 in Fukushima Prefecture, and Tokyo Shimbun, which….Read more

  • April 24, 2021
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Japan ranked 67th in press freedom list

An international group of journalists has lowered Japan’s ranking by one place to 67th in its annual press freedom list, saying it is difficult for journalists in Japan to fully play a watchdog role in the country.   Paris-based Reporters Without Borders on Tuesday released its 2021 World Press Freedom Index ranking 180 countries and territories.   Nordic countries made….Read more

  • April 21, 2021
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Anti-Olympic protesters increasingly distrustful of NHK

Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press)–Protesters against this summer’s Tokyo Olympics are growingly distrustful of Japan Broadcasting Corp., or NHK, after the public broadcaster muted their chants of opposition during the live-streaming of an Olympic torch relay run.   On the night of April 1, the sound of the torch relay in the central Japan city of Nagano was turned off….Read more

  • April 19, 2021
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Japan reviewing government use of Line app: Suga

Tokyo, March 19 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday that the government is reviewing the use of popular messaging app Line within the government, following the revelation that a Chinese affiliate of app provider Line Corp. once had access to personal data of Line users in Japan.   The prime minister vowed to make efforts to ensure information….Read more

  • March 19, 2021
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10 major firms posted ads on ‘hoax’ website

At least 10 major companies posted their ads on a curated content website considered to be the source of unsubstantiated rumors that spread across Japan regarding the U.S. presidential election last year, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.   Social media posts questioning the legitimacy of the U.S. election were observed to trend widely in Japanese in the wake of the….Read more

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Focus: Japanese media urged to address male dominance following sexism uproar

TOKYO – After a public uproar over sexist remarks led to the resignation of the Tokyo Olympics chief in February and renewed calls for gender equality in Japan, the mass media industry is now facing the issue of whether it can address its overwhelming male dominance.   “It’s embarrassing to find (mass media) organizations in a situation like this, even….Read more

  • March 7, 2021
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