The “Inconvenient Truth” Behind Japan’s Toothless Media

Author: Okumura Nobuyuki

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Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Takaichi Sanae caused a stir in February with a comment that broadcasters continuing to air politically biased programs may be shut down. Pressure from the Abe administration continues to mount, but the media has been hesitant to fight back.

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Rebranding the DPJ: Old Wine in a New Bottle?


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This data analysis, “Rebranding the DPJ: Old Wine in a New Bottle?,” is available through a partnership between Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and The article originally was written and published on March 28, 2016. For the original posting, click here.   Seeking to improve their electoral fortunes, the Democratic Party of Japan and Japan

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Japan’s Gender Imbalance: Country ranked 101st Among 145 Nations on Equality Index

Author: Murakami Naohisa

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While Prime Minister Abe Shinzō has promoted the slogan of creating a society where women can shine, Japan continues to struggle to bridge its gender gap. The country languishes at 101st, the lowest among advanced nations, on the World Economic Forum’s global index on gender equality.

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The Roots and Realities of Japan’s Cyber-Nationalism

Author: Furuya Tsunehira

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The prevalence of anti-Korean and anti-Chinese hate speech on Japanese websites has raised concerns about the spread of a virulent strain of right-wing cyber-nationalism in Japan. Furuya Tsunehira traces the rise of Japan’s “Internet right-wingers” and dispels some myths about their identity and potential impact.

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The Polarization of the Japanese Media and the Need for Middle Ground

Author: Satō Takumi

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Japanese newspapers are said to have become polarized in their coverage of controversial issues like the recent national security legislation. How does their current approach compare with their stance in 1960, when renewal of the Japan-US security treaty split the nation? And what is their role in the age of the Internet, where people are unlikely to seek content that conflicts with their own opinions?

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