Evaluating corporate media war reporting in Ukraine

In this article, I want to critically look at mainstream media reportage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, from the perspective of the Unfiltered journalists’ collective.

David McNeill previously pointed out that Japanese television outlets have avoided providing on-the-ground coverage. I want to investigate other areas not covered in his article, to further deepen the discussion on reporting the Ukrainian invasion.

Out of the Line of Fire

Japanese media companies have mostly avoided on-the-ground reporting in Ukraine. Why?

Struggle against Union Busting, Police Oppression over Fair Wage

Someone in the Japanese government appears to have ordered an Osaka-based union to be destroyed. The Kan’nama story has triggered alarming constitutional questions – but little media attention.

Re-thinking food safety: What kind of bread should we eat?

The Ukranian-Russian War has sent shockwaves across the world. It may very well cause global food shortages. Unfiltered decided to take a look at the challenges people face in terms of food and food culture. The first in the series introduces the interests and backgrounds of each speaker.

Japanese media remain silent over legal victory for free expression

Miki Dezaki scored a legal victory for truth and for freedom of expression in a Japanese court, so why is it being ignored? In June...

Left in The Dark: Lack of support for sex workers during the pandemic pushes some to the brink

The media has covered the struggles of Japanese restaurants, bars and other service industries since the Covid-19 pandemic began in early 2020, but what...

Ongoing struggle for Japan’s indigenous Ainu

Long before the culture of the Ainu people took root in the lands of northern Japan during the 12th-13th century, tiny deities known as...

Tokyo 2020 GamesBlind musician’s tribute to athletes

Ryota Kuriyama couldn’t care less about winning or losing, let alone athletic competition. But he does believe in fair play, in recognizing effort, in...

Baby Blues: Japan’s fertility crisis

IVF treatment has come out of the shadows a bit since 2001. Like his predecessor Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has identified Japan’s baby drought as a major point of government concern. Last month Suga said national health insurance would be expanded to cover fertility treatment for couples struggling to have children (at present, it is not). These treatments can cost ¥300,000 to ¥500,000 a cycle. Many women plough through their life savings in multiple, often fruitless attempts to get pregnant.