Brand Japan, Brand Abe: A Clash of Narratives

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Written by Nancy Snow Two decades ago I was working at the United States Information Agency (USIA), an independent foreign affairs agency of the U.S. Government. We were separate from the Department of State—the counterpart to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan, and our primary task was Public Diplomacy. Some called what we did […]

The Clear Skies Of Winter Tokyo Are Gorgeous.

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The winters are cold; the skyline is ethereal.

Japan’s Establishment Is A-Okay With Apartheid! 日本へようこそ!

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.

The Newspaper Columnist & Close Associate of Prime Minister Abe Who Wants to Bring Apartheid to Japan http://t.co/QugHdjlsK6 — Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 (@jakeadelstein) February 14, 2015

Rest in Peace, Kenji Goto. A journalist who fought for peace & was killed in war.

Journalist and humanitarian, Kenji Goto worked to educate and better the lives of people wherever he worked. Humanitarian journalism.

Kenji Goto, a freelance journalist, known for his dedicated reporting on the atrocities of war and humanitarian activities, was killed by the Islamic State circa February 1st, 2014 (Japan Standard Time). He wasn’t a war reporter; he was an anti-war reporter.

Mrs. Rinko Goto releases a statement on behalf of husband and missing pilot.

Kenji Goto, freelance journalist captured by ISIS.


I fear that this is the last chance for my husband and we now have only a few hours left to secure his release and the life of Lt. Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh. I beg the Jordanian and Japanese Government to understand that the fates of both men are in their hands.


I thank the Governments of Jordan and Japan for all their efforts

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.

Reporters Without Borders urges Japanese government to rescue journalist

“It is vital that the Japanese government should seek the help of all the ‘strategic’ states in the region and their diplomatic networks. Efforts must be pooled to end Islamic State’s barbaric hostage industry. Following last year’s execution of journalists, we must accept that all options should be envisaged in order to save lives.”

Japan’s MOFA threatens ISIS with “strong indignation” if (hypothetical) hostages executed

The Ministry of Foreign Affair officially explains the hypothetical seeming hostage situation which is if true and threat carried out, will result in strong indignation!

What makes Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announcement particulary surreal and disingenuous is that MOFA and the Japanese government have known that Kenji Goto was being held for a ransom of 10 million dollars since November of last year.

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

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“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.

Former Asahi journalist defends his reporting on comfort women; sues Japanese publisher for defamation & resulting threats

Former Asahi reporter Takashi Uemura faces death threats for his reporting on the comfort women issue. He is suing a publication for defamation after they accused him of fabricating his reports.

A former journalist who used to report at the nation desk (社会部)of the Asahi newspaper about comfort women, or women forced into sex slavery by the Japanese military during WWII, filed charges for defamation of character on Friday at the Tokyo District Court against a Japanese publisher and a Tokyo Christian University Professor, who labeled […]