Opinion: New Law is the First Step Toward Tackling a Terror Attack Against 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The international community has a variety of legal means at its disposal—such as the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime—for eradicating terrorist organizations. It is clear that the anti-terror bill is necessary if Japan is going to play a role as a member of the international community.   There are some who are drawing […]

Getting Shut Out from a Chinese Press Conference Is No Accident

On March 15, a Sankei Shimbun reporter was denied entry to a press conference convened by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang after the close of the National People’s Congress in Beijing. At a press conference held on March 16, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying explained, “Several thousand reporters from China and abroad participated in journalistic […]

Editorial: China’s Suppression of Press Freedom Fits a Troubling Pattern

At a 2014 summit meeting with then-president Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping said “China, recognizing the people’s legitimate rights of freedom of expression and other freedoms, protects the interests of journalistic institutions in accordance with the law.” Did he really mean what he said?   Last week, a Sankei Shimbun reporter was denied entry […]

China’s Attack on a Sankei Reporter Is a Threat to the Freedom of All Journalists

“Are you annoyed [that you were kept out of the press conference]?” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying asked. She then paused before adding, “If so, then work harder so that you are allowed to attend next year.” A Sankei Shimbun reporter was kept out of the press conference held with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang […]

“Our turn is next” – An Exclusive Interview with the Prime Minister of Tibet’s Government-in-Exile

Lobsang Sangay, prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, being interviewed by the Sankei Shimbun (Photo Yoshikazu Hiroike)     The Tibetan government-in-exile is based in Dharamsala in northern India. Their prime minister, Lobsang Sangay, recently visited Japan and agreed to an exclusive interview with the Sankei Shimbun. PM Sangay spoke of the Chinese government’s oppression […]

Sankei Shimbun reporter denied entry to press conference with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, convened a press conference following the close of the National People’s Congress held at the Great Hall of the People on March 15. However, the reporter covering the event for the Sankei Shimbun was denied entry to the conference. The Sankei Shimbun […]