Richard Lloyd Parry of the Times of London compares his time in Aceh with his days in Tohoku, goes into the story behind his story on the ghosts of the tsunami, and tells us where he keeps a pair of Osama bin Laden’s underpants.
Martin Fackler of the New York Times recalls scoops with his Pulitzer-Prize nominated reporting team, compares the post 3.11 Japanese media with the post-9/11 U.S. media, and worries about the effects of Japan’s new secrecy law.
Photographer Bruce Osborn talks about documenting families in the aftermath of the devastation, the hope and despair of people trying to get on with their lives, and his upcoming movie, Oyako: Present to the Future.
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Elaine Lies writes for Reuters:
Japanese figure skater Mao Asada, who rebounded from a disastrous short program at the Sochi Olympics to gain the best score of her career in the free skate, is now watering on whether to retire from competition. Read the article (http://www.japantoday.com/category/sports/view/asada-wavering-on-retirement-says-moris-comments-didnt-bother-her)
by Julian Ryall
Amy Goodman, founder of the independent news program “Democracy Now!” and the host of a significant amount of its output on radio, television and the Internet, has a reputation for being outspoken. She lived up to that reputation by declining to pull her punches on subjects far and wide at a luncheon at the FCCJ on Jan. 20.
Visiting Japan to do a series of live broadcasts, including looking at the U.S. military presence in Okinawa and the fate of evacuees from towns close to the Fukushima nuclear plant, Goodman also visited Hiroshima and spoke at universities in Tokyo and Kyoto.
A vocal critic of the mainstream media in the rest of the world, she was equally unimpressed by the performance of the Japanese media in covering issues that should be of critical importance to a domestic audience.“We met with anti-nuclear protestors outside the prime minister’s residence and those who oppose nuclear power are in the majority here, but I don’t see that being reported on the nightly news,” she said.
“The media should be a great force that levels the playing field, not a megaphone for those in power,” she said. “It should be apart from politics, not a part of them.
“The media should be the checks and balances on power, an essential function of a democratic society.”