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VOX POPULI: Young need to be savvy about dangers posed by the...
A police official gives a lecture on use of the Internet at an elementary school in Higashi-Omi, Shiga Prefecture, on March 6. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
When Mika started her blog, she introduced herself as a "fifth-grader in Class 1 at No. 4 Elementary School, student ID number 16." One day, she attached a photo of a woman in...
SIMple Internet access for foreign travelers introduced
NTT's new mobile-phone SIM-card vending machine was installed at the Aqua City Odaiba shopping mall in Tokyo's Minato Ward on March 24. (Photo provided by NTT Communications Corp.)
Instant Internet access is in the cards for foreign visitors to Japan with the introduction of new mobile-phone SIM-card vending machines at airports and sightseeing spots.
For online shoppers, travel-related services the main lure
A man uses a laptop computer to purchase goods online. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Travel-related services topped the list of spending for online shoppers in January, according to figures released March 6 by the telecommunications ministry.
Claw cranes capturing online players
A warehouse in Fujimi, Saitama Prefecture, is packed with 150 Internet-controlled claw cranes. (Keiichiro Inoue)
In a dimly lit warehouse in southeastern Saitama Prefecture, 150 game machines are lined up with no people in sight. An electronic beeping breaks the silence, and a mechanical...
European business group slams China's Internet controls
Information on Ai Weiwei, a Chinese artist known for his criticism against China's Communist Party-led regime, is seen at the media center for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing on Nov. 5, 2014, when China lifted restrictions on Internet usage at the center. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China's Internet curbs are isolating it from the world and having a "highly detrimental" impact on business, a European lobby said on Feb. 12, in an unusually strong...
Google's Gmail blocked in China
Google Inc.'s Gmail service was blocked in China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Google Inc.'s Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world's biggest e-mail service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great...
Websites matching foodies with foreign amateur chefs grow in...
Houda Sellami teaches how to cook Tunisian fare at her apartment in Fujimino, Saitama Prefecture. (Ryo Kiyomiya)
A website that connects foodies who aspire to cook cuisines from around the world with native instructors in Japan is enjoying increasing popularity, providing an opportunity...
Internet outage seen in N. Korea amid U.S. hacking dispute
A South Korean army soldier watches a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul Dec. 22. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON/BEIJING--North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony Pictures, itself experienced Internet outages on Dec. 22, a...
2015 national census to have Internet option for first time
A poster to promote the 2015 national census put up at the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry in Tokyo (Ryo Shimura)
The government said it will add an Internet response option for the 2015 national census that it will begin conducting next fall that it hopes will improve the response rate...
Internet industry leaders bring expertise, fun to the classroom
Students at Nanyo Senior High School in Nagoya’s Minato Ward use sheets of vellum paper to draft layouts for a website to present local products on Oct. 17. (Yasuyuki Onaya)
NAGOYA--In a real-world exercise, teams of four students at Aichi Prefectural Nanyo Senior High School in Nagoya’s Minato Ward were using vellum paper to draft layouts for a...
VOX POPULI: Drawing the line between online privacy and access to...
Google Inc.'s headquarters in Silicon Valley, California (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
One of my senior moments is when I pick up a dictionary to look up a word and immediately forget what I was searching for.
U.N. panel urges Japan to enact law to prohibit hate speech
Anti-Korean demonstrators march through Tokyo’s Shin-Okubo district in February 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The United Nations called on Japan to enact legislation to "firmly address" growing incidents of hate speech against ethnic Koreans and other minorities.
Book publishers shout foul over Amazon Japan's new ratings
Amazon Japan's largest distribution center in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, in September 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Online retail giant Amazon Japan introduced a new system this summer to rank book publishers, a decision that has not gone down well with its business partners.
EDITORIAL: Online relationships a very one-sided thing
Most high school students and half of junior high school students in Japan own cellphones or smartphones, according to a government statistics. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
There must be many parents in Japan who lament the time their children spend on smartphones while they could be doing other things during the summer break.
Google's improved screening measures give rise to SEO-related...
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Search engine optimization (SEO) firms are the new must-have, promising to improve a company's website ranking, but many of their clientele are running afoul of Google Inc.'s...
Cyber-attacks on government networks top 5 million in FY13
Officials of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department conduct a drill as a preparation for cyber-attacks on the government in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Cyber-attacks and illegal access to government computer networks soared to 5.08 million cases in fiscal 2013, a fivefold increase from the previous year, according to the...
EDITORIAL: Powerful watchdog key to the protection of personal...
Ichita Yamamoto, state minister in charge of IT policies, speaks during a government panel meeting on IT strategies in Tokyo on June 9. (Eitaro Takeyama)
One major challenge facing today’s highly networked society is how to protect the privacy of individuals while making good use of the vast amount of personal information...
Agencies hit by cyber-attacks likely originating in China
Tokyo police officers conduct a drill a prevent cyber-attacks at a Metropolitan Police Department facility in the capital's Minato Ward in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More than 30 government agencies and high-tech companies in Japan came under cyber-attacks that forced their computers to connect to a server with a domain name used in China,...
China intensifies cyberspace clampdown ahead of Tiananmen...
Chinese residents march in Tokyo’s Toshima Ward on June 1, calling for democracy in China and pursuing responsibility of those behind the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. (Tamiyuki Kihara)
BEIJING--With the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown approaching, Chinese authorities are taking no chances when it comes to freedom of speech.
SILENCED CITIZENS: ‘Seven taboos’ symbolize tighter censorship ...
Zhang Xuezhong during a recent interview in Shanghai (Kim Soon-hi)
Editor’s note: This is the third article in a series on freedom of speech and Internet censorship in China.