Should Fuji-Sankei Group be red-faced over scheduled blackface music program in Japan?

This photo of two Japanese musical groups posing together in blackface, white gloves and costumes, gained attention when tweeted by several journalists and many others. Some consider it racist.

The ISIS Crisis: Negotiations Stall as Jordan Demands ‘Proof of Life’

Kenji Goto, freelance journalist captured by ISIS.

Jordan offered to exchange the Iraqi suicide bomber for the Jordanian pilot on Wednesday. But nothing was mentioned about the Japanese hostage. As Jordan has been leading the negotiations for the release of the Japanese and Jordanian hostages, Japan has only been observing and analyzing the authenticity of the audio files.

Japan Dispatches Ninja Squad To Syria; “Jihadi John, you defile sacred ninja tradition. Watch your shadow. We coming.”

"We have been Ninja for centuries. We have loyalty honour. I know ninjutsu. I am Ninja and you, Jihadi John, you insult us in your borrowed ninja garb; you are no ninja. And you have no honor."--Master Igari, Igari School of Ninjutsu

“We cannot abide the cold-blooded murder of a Japanese person but we will never ever forgive the mockery of our Ninja tradition by the ISIS spokesman wearing our most traditional garb shinobishozoku (忍び装束)in the video released on January 20th. It is an apostasy. He must pay and pay in blood. 200 million US dollars not accepted. Blood only.”

Journalists & Citizens Ask Asahi To Retract Retraction of Critical Nuclear Disaster Reporting

Osaka Asahi Shimbun building

“If the article had come out after the Secrecy Law went into effect, the truth would never have come out,” journalist Satoshi Kamata said yesterday at a press conference. The speakers believe the Asahi’s article destroyed two of the major myth surrounding the nuclear disaster. Firstly, the article pulled down the fact that a situation can be “under control” inside a nuclear power facility in the case of a disaster. Secondly, it demolished the myth of a meltdown situation being under control as long as the workers are on site and doing their best.

Yakuza Rapper Releases Spoken Word Album: Yamazin/Collected Short Stories

Japanese rap has a bad rap.  It doesn’t rhyme, not really, it’s almost impossible to follow if you don’t understand Japanese, and most of it is crap.  Most of the “gangster rappers” in Japan are about as tough as Vanilla Ice and about as talented.  The bravado is show, the source material puerile and the […]

Reposted: The high price of writing about anti-social forces–and those who pay. 猪狩先生を弔う日々

Is writing a book exposing the corruption in your society worth risking your life? For Toshiro Igari, it was.

Igari-san wasn’t an investigative journalist and he wasn’t a saint. But he fought for justice and for truth, and as an investigative journalist, I’ve always believed that’s what our job entailed. Forgive me if that sounds naive. I believe that, if no one stands up to the anti-social forces in the world, then we all lose.

Happy New Year 2015! Beware of the Wolves, Don’t be a Sheep, and Take Care of Your Flock :D

Welcome to 2015!

May we all:
Overcome anger with peace.
Overcome evil with good.
Overcome greed with generosity.
Overcome liars with truth. Happy New Year

The Year of Dokufu: Poisonous Women in Japan

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by Kaori Shoji       Wow. What a year THAT was, on a whole lot of levels. The unofficial diagnosis is that things will get worse in the year of the sheep, but let’s put that aside for now. A thought to mull over: 2014 was the year the crime rate among senior citizens […]

The First Victim of War is The Truth: Japan’s Journalists Protest The Secrets Law

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All journalists know the saying, “The first victim of war is the truth.”
The Manchurian Incident began with a Japanese Army plot. The Japanese people were only told the truth during the Tokyo War Crimes trials. We shouldn’t let history repeat itself. Against this evil law, we must not remain silent and continue to raise our voices in protest.

Japan’s State Secrets Laws Empowers The Elite and Muzzles The Press: FOP RIP 12/10/2014

The Japanese government is looking for a mascot for its oppressive State Secrets Act. This monsters with eyes to monitor the media and hands to arrest them may be ideal--no ears to listen to reason and no mouth to speak secrets--it can only attack.

It allows Japan’s 19 government ministries to designate certain information as state secrets. The state secret classification lasts five years, a period that can be extended to 60 years. Any civil servant that shares the classified secrets and any journalist that works with the leaked information could face up to 10 years of imprisonment. In simple terms, a government employee that leaks a classified secret can receive up to ten years in jail. A reporter or citizen that urges the official to release information or works with the person to do so can be sent to jail for up to five years. In other words, a reporter who aggressively asks about matters deemed secret can go to jail for questions alone.