日本の報道の自由度がタンザニア以下になったわけ *

2016年。報道の自由度が下がった国のワーストテン










報道の大きな使命が権力の監視である、ということを忘れたり、失念したふりをしているヒラメ記者が山のようにいます。
 大手の新聞記者は、特権階級にあります。エスタブリッシュの一翼を担っていることを常に自らに問いかけることが必要で、権力に抗う姿勢を失った記者は、AI(人工知能)に置き換わる、単なる書き手に過ぎません。







The Late-Blooming Cherry Blossoms: Yaezakura. Never too late for Hanami

The late blooming yaezakura (八重桜) are the 花見 (hanami) to end Hanami.










There are many kinds of cherry blossom. Yae-Zakura is a double-layer type of sakura which is famous for its beauty and strength. The normal type of one-layer sakura tends to be fragile and easily be blown away by strong wind or rain. I believe that a lot of us have never heard or seen this type of sakura before.







Snake Venom, Bee Toxin, Horse Oil, Snail Slime: Saving Face in Japan is Icky Fun











Japan is a country where saving face is paramount—even if that means covering it with snake venom, bee toxin, horse oil, or snail slime. One company in Japan has been tremendously successful by catering to the Japanese love for looking good, thus saving face, and exotic ingredients. Their array of face masks, which are applied to the skin as shown in the photos, are almost all reasonably priced at 100 yen and are always exciting to find in the local pharmacy. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the tingly sensation and fresh skin feeling you get from spreading cobra venom on your face?







Most Evil Corporation Of The Year In Japan Award 2015: 711 Japan?

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Power harassment, sexual harassment, unpaid overtime, extended work hours, discrimination, casualization, short-term employment contract, etc…Japan’s workers have been ground down by companies that repeat these practices and sometimes even drive workers to their death. We consider them the “Most Evil Corporations.”







The Girl’s Guide to Decluttering and Hunting (in that order)

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Consider these 2 pictures. Before: Single, living alone in a 29 square meter apartment in Tokyo. The place is so filthy it’s a struggle every morning to shower, get dressed and get to the door. The toilet hasn’t been cleaned in 4 months and the tiny kitchen defies description. After: Living with a younger, handsome […]




Scary Things You Never Knew You Didn’t Know About Japanese Halloween

The creators of the YouTube data-driven drama series, Nonalog which “tells the stories of young people finding each other in an overly-connected world” turns its attention to Halloween for a special omnibus episode. The series motto is “from search data, we look into what Japanese people are really searching for” and this time its applied to Halloween.

Bitcoin CEO Karpeles Arrested But What Is He Guilty Of?

The Japanese police arrested Mark Karpeles, the CEO of Mt Gox, once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange on Saturday morning for inflating his US accounts. But what is he really guilty of?

Ghost in the Shell: The Matrix of Sci-Fi Anime

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With the newest Ghost in the Shell film in theaters, and a live-action version on the horizon, it’s important to take a look back at what made the original so popular.







With “The War Bill” Looming, Japan’s Press & Academia Rebel Against Team Abe

Koichi Nakano










Professors Koichi Nakano, Mari Osawa and Manabu Sato visited the FCCJ on Friday to once again explain why more than 95% of political scholars are against this new bill that would increase Japan’s military capabilities.







Humanities to be Outlawed at Public Universities

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The Japanese government has now decided to systematically remove the teaching of humanities and the fine arts at public universities