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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.

Abe Brushes Off School Scandals

While it can hardly be said that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has given credible answers about his role in the Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Gakuen school scandals, it is also increasingly apparent that the general public is willing to let him brush off these scandals and to get on with his policy agenda.

The Ten Thousand Dollar Retweet

One of Japan’s best known politicians targets a prominent internet journalist, and in the process calls into question the very utility of social media.

The Party of Hopeless

There is plenty of reason to believe that the Party of Hope, which is the second-largest opposition party in the House of Representatives, is not long for this world. However, it remains unclear at this moment where its collection of centrist and rightwing lawmakers will end up going.

A Revolt in the Nukaga Faction

The Nukaga Faction with its 55 lawmakers is the third largest of the ruling party’s factions. The turmoil could potentially have an impact on the Liberal Democratic Party presidential race in September, in which Shinzo Abe will seek an unprecedented third term against one or more challengers.