Media in Japan under growing pressure to toe the line: Report

(From Deutsche Welle)

By Julian Ryall, Tokyo

A former bureaucrat and media commentator has accused (Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s) administration of using threats and incentives to ensure the Japanese public does not get the whole picture. And he fears a dictatorship is a possibility.

Shigeaki Koga was on the fast-track to important roles at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry when he deliberately stepped out of line. Fiercely critical of the government’s handling of the aftermath of the nuclear disaster in March 2011 at Fukushima, the final straw came when he was sidelined for making radical proposals to reform personnel policies in the ministry.

Disgusted, he resigned and became a commentator on news programs. But the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe still had him in its sights. Read more

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