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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.
SILENCED CITIZENS: China detains bloggers in escalating Internet...
Zhang Guanghong, a former company employee and blogger in Guangzhou in China, was detained by authorities for a week for his messages on the Internet. (Kentaro Koyama)
Editor's note: This is the first article in a series on freedom of speech and Internet censorship in China.
Insults against anti-base protesters nearing ‘hate speech’...
A JR Osaka Station worker stands near Masako Omori as she protests the planned relocation of the U.S. Futenma air station to a site within Okinawa Prefecture. (Seinosuke Iwasaki)
A 69-year-old elderly protester used a hand-held microphone to blare her criticism against the U.S. military presence in Okinawa Prefecture, drawing cheers from supporters in...
Man busted for possessing handguns made with 3-D printer
The Asahi Shimbun
A man who has admitted to making handguns with a three-dimensional printer has been arrested on suspicion of violating the Swords and Firearms Control Law, in Japan’s first...
Japan looks to criminalize 'revenge porn' as teen victims increase
The Asahi Shimbun
Charmed by a stranger’s online persona, a 19-year-old woman in Tokyo had no qualms about sending pictures of her face to the seemingly normal man. His requests escalated, and ...
'Kancolle' warships as cute girls create online sensation
In "Kantai Collection," Japanese naval warships are depicted as cute girls. ((c) 2014 DMM.com/ KADOKAWA GAMES All Rights Reserved.)
Cute "moe" characters have long been a major trend in anime and video games in Japan, and the latest craze is the free online card game "Kantai Collection," which features...
Japanese companies set up IT businesses in Vietnam
Vietnamese employees develop websites in Japanese at Evolable Asia in Ho Chi Minh City. (Akihiro Nishiyama)
HO CHI MINH CITY--As the Vietnamese government invests in information technology education, the country's rapidly growing pool of talent is attracting notice from Japanese...
Corporate users crowd police websites for names of arrested...
This website operated by the Fukuoka prefectural police department offers the names of arrested gangsters.
Seeking to sever business ties with gangsters, companies are increasingly using police websites that offer the real names of arrested crime syndicate members.
Japan holds first broad cyber-security drill, frets over Olympics...
Officials at the Tokyo-based Internet security firm LAC Co. patrol cyberspace in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan faced a full-on cyber attack across government departments on March 18 in a drill aimed at bolstering national security as the country gears up to host the 2020 Olympics.
Riken considers withdrawal of breakthrough STAP cell reports
Teruhiko Wakayama, a University of Yamanashi professor, speaks to reporters at the university in Kofu on March 10. (Ryo Suganuma)
The Riken national research institute is considering withdrawing two scientific reports that were acclaimed as a major breakthrough in stem cell research over discrepancies...
China's security commission targets Western values, other...
Chinese President Xi Jinping, foreground, and Premier Li Keqiang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China’s new national security commission will focus on thwarting “unconventional” threats against the Communist Party’s rule, such as terrorism and the...
China cracks down on its 'sex capital'
Chinese policemen detain a group of suspects during an anti-prostitution raid at a hotel in Dongguan in south China's Guangdong province on Feb. 9. The crackdown by authorities on prostitution in a southern city has been met by criticism online, suggesting attitudes toward the industry are slowing changing.  (AP Photo)
BEIJING--A state TV expose on prostitution in China's "sex capital" and an ensuing, much-publicized police crackdown has drawn criticism from the public, who expressed sympathy ...
KDDI speeds up process of detecting and hiding online personal info
A Nagasaki prefectural government official checks online postings for content on networking websites. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KDDI R&D Laboratories has developed a system that it says offers much better protection against personal information from being distributed on social media and other...
China orders real name register for online video uploads
A Chinese blogger uses the Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like microblogging service on Sina.com. (AP file photo)
BEIJING--Chinese Internet users are now required to register their real names to upload videos to Chinese online video sites, an official body said, as the Communist Party...
Court: Police can gather personal information on Muslims
Two Muslim plaintiffs on the right meet with reporters on Jan. 15 after the Tokyo District Court ruling. (Wataru Sekita)
The Tokyo District Court on Jan. 15 awarded damages in a lawsuit over leaked personal data but said police are allowed to collect such information on individuals if they are...
Free Chinese software secretly transmitting Japanese users’ data
The Baidu IME official website
Free online software provided by China's Baidu search engine has been covertly sending almost all information inputted in Japanese to Baidu Inc.’s servers, according to a...
ANIME NEWS: 'Wind Rises' most-searched keywords in film category...
"The Wind Rises" ((c) 2013 Nibariki・GNDHDDTK)
"The Wind Rises" was the most-searched keyword in the film category in 2013, according to Yahoo Japan Corp.
China internet users call for action against Japan in airspace spat
The Asahi Shimbun
BEIJING--Chinese internet users are calling for tough measures to enforce China's new airspace defense zone over waters disputed with Japan, with many saying only war will...
Hatsune Miku creator Hiroyuki Ito receives Medal of Honor
Hiroyuki Ito sits in front of a panel of Hatsune Miku at the office of Crypton Future Media Inc. in Sapporo's Chuo Ward. (Kentaro Yamayoshi)
SAPPORO--The creator of Hatsune Miku, the virtual singing synthesizer application with the long turquoise pigtails that is considered by many to be the world's most-recognized...
Hate speech protests spreading to smaller cities around Japan
A protester holds up a sign expressing opposition to a group of demonstrators marching in April with calls to rid Japan of foreigners. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Hate rallies mostly targeted at ethnic Koreans living in Japan have spread beyond Tokyo and Osaka to smaller regional cities over the past six months or so.