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edited by Alastair Carthew and Simon Winkelmann

FIRST HALF OF 2013:

The Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 and the alleged lack of transparency by authorities; a large drop from 22nd to 53rd place on the Press Freedom Index, 2013; the awarding of a press freedom hero award to a Japanese journalist killed in Syria and the continued existence of the kisha club, or reporters clubs, giving preferential access to information for some media organisations were features of Japan’s media in the first half of 2013.

Japan’s fall on the Press Freedom Index 2013 was attributed solely to the lack of access to information related to the disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No 1 nuclear power plant. Many reporters met with restricted access, lack of transparency and even lawsuits in reporting on the disaster. Japan has a relatively proud record for press freedom, but the latest ranking puts it below countries like Niger (43) and El Salvador (38).

The nuclear controversy also put the spotlight on the sensitivity of reporting on nuclear issues in Japan as well as the kisha clubs. In 2012, the freelance reporter Minoru Tanaka, who had written investigative articles about the industry, was sued by a powerful nuclear industry figure over libel. Tanaka is excluded from the kisha clubs as an independent journalist, therefore he is denied access to governmental agencies. Japan’s failure to reform its kisha club system also contributed to its drop on the press freedom index. Read more


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Yomiuri Shimbun
Published: twice daily, 8 million
Language: Japanese
Address: Tokyo Head Office: 1-7-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Telephone: +81 3 32421111
Fax: +81 3 32168749
E-Mail: int@yomiuri.com
Website: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp



The Daily Yomiuri
Published: daily
Language: English
Address: 1-7-1 Otemachi, National Diet building, Chiyoda-ku, Japan
Telephone: +81 3 32178231
Fax: +81 3 32178247
E-Mail: dy@yomiuri.com
Website: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy



Asahi Shimbun
Published: daily, 6.1 million
Language: Japanese
Address: Tokyo Head Office: 3-2, Tsukiji Gochome, Chuo, Tokyo
Telephone: +81 3 335450131
Fax: +81 3 35458450
Website: http://www.asahi.com



Japan Times
Circulation: 41.000
Language: English
Address: 4-5-4 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8071
Telephone: +81 3 34535312
Fax: +81 3 34521298
E-Mail: jtad@japantimes.co.jp
Website: http://www.japantimes.co.jp



Mainichi Shimbun
Published: daily, 1.9 million
Language: Japanese
Address: Tokyo Head Office: 1-1-1 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Telephone: +81 3 32120321
Fax: +81 3 32121609
E-Mail: kouhou@mbx.mainichi.co.jp
Website: http://www.mainichi.co.jp
Publisher: Masato Kitamura Ltd



The Nikkei
Published: daily, 2.7 million
Language: Japanese
Address: 1-3-7 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8066
Telephone: +81 3 32700251
Fax: +81 869880248
E-mail: support@nikkei.co.jp
Website: http://www.sankei.co.jp
Publisher: Tsuneo Kita



Sankei Shimbun
Published: daily, 579.000
Language: Japanese
Address: Tokyo Sankei Building, 7-2, Otemachi Itchome, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Telephone: +81 3 32758956
Fax: +81 3 32758576
E-Mail: u-service@sankei.co.jp
Website: http://sankei.jp.msn.com/
Publisher: Nagayoshi Sumita



Metropolis (free)
Published: weekly, 30.000
Language: English
Address: 10F, Minami-Ayama First Building, 7-8-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, 1070062, Tokyo
Telephone: +81 3 45502929
Fax: +81 3 45502859
E-Mail: letter@metropolis.co.jp
Website: http://www.metropolis.co.jp



Bungeishunju
Published: monthly
Language: Japanese
Address: Bungeishunju Ltd., 3-23 Kioi-cho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 1020094
Telephone: +81 3 32886586
Fax: +81 3 32651363
E-Mail: i-homu@bunshun.co.jp
Website: http://www.bunshun.co.jp



Shukanshincho
Published: weekly, 74.000
Language: Japanese
Address: Shinchosha Publishing Co., Ltd. 71 Yarai-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-8711
Telephone: +81 3 32665311
E-Mail: shuukan@shinchosha.co.jp
Website: http://www.shinchosha.co.jp/shukanshincho

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Online media


Wall Street Journal Japan K.K.
Online since: 2009
Language: Japanese
Address: 19F, Otemachi First Square East Tower,1-5-1, Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0004
Telephone: +81 3 6269 2850
Fax: +81 3 6269 2853
E-Mail: jp-support@wsj.com
Website: http://jp.wsj.com
Publisher: Dow Jones & Company



Mainichi Daily News
Online since: 2001
Language: Japanese, English
Address: 1-1-1 Hitotsubashi,Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8051
Telephone: +81 3 6269 2850
Fax: +81 3 3212 1609
E-Mail: media_release@mbx.mainichi.co.jp
Website: http://mainichi.jp
Publisher: The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd.



The Japan Times Online
Language: English
Address: 5-4, Shibaura 4-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8071
Telephone: +81 3 3453 5312
Website: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/
Publisher: The Japan Times Co., Ltd.

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Television


NHK
On air since: 1925 (radio), 1950 (television)
Language: Japanese
Address: 2-2-1 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-8001
Telephone: +81 3 4651111
Fax: +81 3 4698110
Website: http://www.nhk.or.jp
Owner: National Broedcasting Corporation



Nippon News Network
On air since: 1952
Language: Japanese
Address: 1-6-1 Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-7444
Telephone: +81 3 62151111
Website: http://www.ntv.co.jp
Owner: Nippon Television Network Corporation, Chairman and President: Noritada Hosokawa



Fuji Television
On air since: 2008 (took over Fuji TV)
Language: Japanese
Address: 2-4-8, Daiba, Minato, Tokyo
Telephone: +81 3 55008888
Fax: ++81 3 55008027
Website: http://www.fujitv.co.jp
Owner: Fuji Media Holdings Inc.



TXN (TV Tokyo)
On air since: 1951
Language: Japanese
Address: 4-3-12 Toranomon, Minato, Tokyo 1058012
Telephone: +81 3 54707777
Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp
Owner: Nihon Keizai Shimbun and Mainichi Broadcasting System



SKY Perfect JSAT
On air since: 1994
Language: Japanese
Address: 1-14-14 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo 107-0052
Telephone: +81 3 55717800
Website: http://www.sptvjsat.com
Owner: Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation, President and CEO: Masanori Akiyama



TV Asahi
On air since: 1957
Language: Japanese
Address: TV Asahi Corporation, 6-9-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokoy 1068001
Telephone: +81 3 64061111
Website: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp
Owner: TV Asahi Corporation, Chairman: Michisada Hirose

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Radio


NHK
On air since: 1952
Language: Japanese
Address: 2-2-1 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-8001
Telephone: +81 3 4651111
Fax: +81 3 4698110
Website: http://www.nhk.or.jp



Japan Radio Network
Language: Japanese
Address: 5-3-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 1070
Telephone: +81 3 3746111
Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp
Owner: TBS Broadcasting System Holdings



Radio Nikkei
On air since: 1954
Language: Japenese
Address: 1-9-15 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo 107-8373
Telephone: +81 3 35838151
Website: http://www.radionikkei.jp
Owner: TV Asahi Corporation, Chairman: Michisada Hirose



Tohuku Broadcasting Company (TBC)
On air since: 1952
Language: Japanese
Address: 26-1 Yagiyama-Kasumicho Taihaku-ku, Sendai 9820831
Telephone: +81 2 22291111
E-Mail: info@tbc-sendai.co.jp
Website: http://www.tbc-sendai.co.jp

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News agencies


JiJi Press
Address: Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo
Website: http://www.jiji.com

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