Category : Japan

Journalists under fire and under pressure: summer magazine 2016

Index on Censorship has dedicated its milestone 250th issue to exploring the increasing threats to reporters worldwide. Its special report, Truth in Danger, Danger in Truth: Journalists Under Fire

Japanese government cancels visit from UN free speech representative

The UN’s principal global monitor of freedom of expression, David Kaye, was due to visit Japan between 1 and 8 December

Japan’s designated secrets bill – the sound of the jackboots

Japan's new secrecy law is yet another disturbing symptom of the country's rising militarism, broadening the government's power to classify state secrets amidst increased belligerence in the region. Saul Takahashi reports for Open Democracy

China: earthquakes unearths tensions

According to Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun the Chinese Central Propaganda Department has issued guidelines on reporting of the Qinghai earthquake disaster. All internal news items circulated within mainland China are to be approved by state officials before publishing, and can only focus on positive aspects of the relief effort. Western media has already been more […]

Japanese cameraman fatally shot in Bangkok

A Japanese cameraman for Reuters, Hiro Muramoto, was fatally shot in the chest  whilst covering protests in Bangkok on 10 April. It is not apparent which side was responsible for the shooting, as Thai police used rubber bullets, tear gas and fired live ammunition into the air, whilst red shirt protesters were also accused of firing live […]

Missing Japanese journalist found in Afghanistan jail

Kosuke Tsuneoka, a freelance Japanese journalist who has been missing since March 31, has been found imprisoned in the province of Baghlan, according to a local Afghan reporter on Sunday. The Afghan authorities say that they were not aware of Tsuneoka’s presence in the country until his disappearance received publicity,  it has been suggested he did […]

Japan to tighten censorships laws on Manga cartoons

An amendment to youth welfare legislation set to go before the Tokyo Metropolitan General Assembly today could potentially ban all provocative visual depictions of “nonexistent minors”. The action is part of an attempt to crackdown on child pornography, but Japanese Manga artists and the online community have criticised lawmakers actions. They claim that such terms […]

Horror film banned by BBFC

A Japanese horror film entitled Grotesque has been refused an 18 certificate by the British Board of Film Classification. BBFC director David Cooke said that he and other colleagues had made the decision as “the chief pleasure of the film seemed to be the spectacle of sadism for its own sake.” The last film that […]

South Koreans sue Japanese newspaper

A group of South Korean citizens have filed a lawsuit against a  Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, for what they claimed to be a misreport. A total of 1,886 people Thursday filed a suit against the paper for a report in July last year for misquoting President Lee Myung-bak. In the suit, they asked the daily to pay 4.11 million won […]

“RapePlay” game banned in Japan

One of Japan’s software rating organisations will no longer support the sale of simulated rape games such as “RapePlay” in the country, following protests from civil rights campaigners in the US. Read more here