At the Last Minute, UN Human Rights Rapporteur Brings Up More Issues vs Japan

    GENEVA, Switzerland—On the morning of June 12 here (late night Japan time), United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of expression David Kaye presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on conditions in Japan.   Kaye was “especially concerned” by three points: “direct and indirect pressure that officials can exert over the […]

Editorial: Now Who’s Lying About the United Nations Special Report?

The United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye speaks to the Japanese press  in Tokyo on June 2, 2017     The United Nations Special Rapporteur continues his anti-Japanese criticism.   He finds faults based on one-sided arguments, such as the Japanese government using its influence to distort history textbooks, and the media atrophying. He also […]

Lower House Passes Anti-Terror Bill, and It’s Criticism for the Sake of Criticism All Over Again

The Lower House of Representatives passed on May 23 the government’s Revised Organized Crime Punishment Law, which includes the provision of a new “anti-terror law,” with members of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Komeito Party providing the majority vote.   Opposition parties, such as the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and the Japanese […]