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The ABCs of the Hokkaido Gubernatorial Contest

The eyes of the nation are fixed on this proxy war between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the opposition alliance as the main prelude to the Upper House elections in July. It is the Manchurian Candidate vs The Revenant.

The Japan Times Becomes Servant to the Elite

On January 28, the Japan Times published an opinion piece titled, “How Japanese is Naomi Osaka?” Author Kunihiko Miyake “felt something odd” about how the multiethnic tennis champ could ever “represent Japan.” Miyake’s article is indicative of how the quality of analysis has slipped under the Japan Times’ new ownership, and suggests how the purposes of the organization have changed.

The FCCJ Gets a New Home

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan has a new home, not far from the old location. It remains a place for press conferences that otherwise would not be held in Japan.

Funding Progressive News Media

There is a way for the news media to serve the interests of the public majority: It requires the public itself to provide sufficient funding for those news media organizations.

DHC Television: Cosmetics and Conspiracy Theories

SNA (Tokyo) — Japan’s ultranationalist elite, shut out of the mainstream discourse of a significantly civil society and venues such as broadcast television, have found a cozy new home for their creative history and effusions of ethnic supremacy on the American website YouTube. Although there

How the Finance Ministry Was Corrupted

The document forgery scandal shaking Japanese democracy would not have occurred a decade ago, and it is important to understand how and why the Finance Ministry was so deeply corrupted during the Shinzo Abe era.