Philip Brasor, The Japan Times

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The Japan Times

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Past articles by Philip:

COVID-19 continued to dominate media coverage in 2021. Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

Domestic papers turn their attention to the plight of foreign residents, while we hand out gongs for Japan’s media personalities of the year. → Read More

Sapporo faces uphill battle convincing public about 2030 Winter Games bid

About half of all respondents to a 2014 survey said they were worried about how much the Games would cost. A lot has changed since then. → Read More

Media divided over impact of immigration law revisions

The business community wants the government to allow them to hire more foreign workers, but some members of the public are anxious about allowing more foreign people to live in Japan. → Read More

Opposition party sets sights on expense allowances

Japan’s lawmakers each receive ¥1 million per month to help pay for things such as postage and transportation, regardless of how many days the recipient works. → Read More

Reporter’s death puts spotlight on shifting media landscape

Cash-strapped news outlets are increasingly asking staff to do more and more work, some of which has nothing to do with journalism. → Read More

‘Fanatic’ documentary deals with what happens when your favorite K-pop star breaks bad

A new documentary film titled “Fanatic” explores the world of K-pop fandom. Can it also teach us something about the fans of J-pop stars? → Read More

The political advantages of the ‘parent lottery’

The term "oyagacha" is widely used for the idea that "you can't choose your parents." When you're born into a political dynasty, however, that's not such a bad thing. → Read More

Behind-the-scenes, younger bureaucrats are fed up with overtime

Many young bureaucrats are working late to make leading party lawmakers look good, and it’s taking a toll. → Read More

It’s up to Kishida to put Suga’s climate goals in action

Fumio Kishida inherits the lofty climate goals set by his predecessor, Yoshihide Suga. → Read More

Lawmaker’s minor trespass gets major coverage

The incident? A minor trespassing violation. The coverage? Well, it depends on the news source that you follow. → Read More

Netflix drama prompts a new look at SDF bullying

A South Korean drama alerts Japan to problems in the country's military, but some say Japan doesn't have to look abroad for such kinds of behavior. → Read More

The LDP’s deep pockets invite questions from the press

With election season approaching, there has been renewed interest in the amount of money that the Liberal Democratic Party has available to spend on its candidates. → Read More

A lesson is lost in the coverage of one immigrant’s death

Immigration centers may pay closer attention to the health of their charges following the death of one Sri Lankan woman, but the problem of extrajudicial imprisonment remains. → Read More

Politician’s comments open a can of worms on consent

Reporting on comments by a member of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan about hypothetical sex with a teenager leads to debate on a very contentious issue. → Read More

Supreme Court rebuffs move to aid Korean schools

The education ministry’s definition of "proper operations" has prevented Korean schools from qualifying for the same kinds of subsidies that other schools have access to. → Read More

Were the Olympics sustainable? Reports of food waste and single-use appliances suggest it's not easy being green

Stories of uneaten bento boxes and the plight of air conditioners used in the athlete residences suggest that the Olympics are having trouble meeting their sustainability goals. → Read More

Let them eat pancakes: A new film looks at Yoshihide Suga's brand of politicking

Producer Mitsunobu Kawamura hopes that a new political documentary, "Tasting the Pancake for Poison," will entice younger voters to take part in the upcoming election. → Read More

The risk of vote-splitting makes casinos more likely in Yokohama

Press outlets begin to speculate on the true intentions of the Yokohama mayoral race’s many independent candidates. → Read More

The clear cut actions that led to a disaster in Atami

News outlets are looking at the role companies played in exacerbating the mudslides that engulfed more than 130 homes in the city of Atami. → Read More

The media and the authorities misinterpret the spirit of protest

Media coverage alludes to the possibility of Olympics protests turning violent, but what happens when protests in Japan actually turn violent? → Read More