INNER SANCTUM (14): Cat-and-mouse game continues in Chinese...
Yang Haipeng (Photo by Koichiro Ishida)
Editor's note: This is the 14th in a series of articles on Zhongnanhai, the seclusive political enclave in central Beijing, and the power struggles that have transpired within...
Beijing city controls online rumors with dedicated website
An Internet cafe in Shanghai (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--City authorities launched a website this month to address complaints about rumors and false information on the Internet, but it remains unclear who decides what is the ...
VOX POPULI: A disturbing addiction of our times
Many people in Japan simply cannot go a minute without checking their smartphones. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
I feel more pity than anger for people who won't take their eyes off their smartphones even when I am talking to them. I don't understand why these people are simply unwilling...
All access lost to Asahi's Chinese microblogging accounts
Chinese followers of The Asahi Shimbun have been left in the dark after all four accounts of the newspaper's weibo microblogging websites remained inaccessible on July 16-17.
Japan gets Net campaign, but not savvy candidates
A campaign staff member broadcasts a candidate campaigning in the July 21 Upper House election using a smartphone mounted on a portable tripod in Tokyo's Shinjuku district on July 4. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Taro Yamamoto, Japanese movie star turned political candidate, is live-streaming his campaign speeches and urging crowds to tweet his photo. The tech-savvy approach is a major...
China's online population rises to 519 million
Chinese Internet users play online games at an Internet cafe in Enshi, central Chinas Hubei province. (Imaginechina via AP Images)
BEIJING--China's population of Internet users has grown to 591 million, driven by a 20 percent rise over the past year in the number of people who surf the Web from smartphones ...
VOX POPULI: Internet a vital forum in a democratic world
A staff member of a campaign office uploads video footage of an Upper House election candidate in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, on July 8. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The Internet will revolutionize democracy. Joichi Ito firmly stands by this belief. Ito is the director of the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a...
South Korea blames North Korea for cyberattack
A man walks by a sign at Cyber Terror Response Center of National Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea on July 5. (AP Photo)
SEOUL, South Korea--South Korean investigators on July 16 blamed rival North Korea for a cyberattack last month on dozens of South Korean media and government websites,...
Media planted the seeds for Arab Spring uprisings
Wadah Khanfar (Photo by Tsutomu Ishiai)
Satellite broadcaster al-Jazeera was a major player in the Arab Spring uprisings that swept through the Middle East and toppled long-entrenched governments.
Studies: Cyberspying targeted South Korea, U.S. military
A man walks by a sign at Cyber Terror Response Center of National Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea on July 5. (AP Photo)
SEOUL, South Korea--The hackers who knocked out tens of thousands of South Korean computers simultaneously this year are out to do far more than erase hard drives,...
Internet big boys take aim at Singapore's "regressive" new rules
Singapore's move to tighten regulation of news web sites has been criticized by big internet firms including Facebook Inc., eBay Inc., Google Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SINGAPORE--Singapore's move to tighten regulation of news web sites, already under fire from bloggers and human rights groups, has attracted criticism from an unexpected...
Business soars for IT consultants ahead of online Upper House...
Suguru Takahata, right, provides advice on how to use social networking services to a Diet member. Part of the photo has been retouched. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
An opposition party lawmaker has shown signs of progress since March, when it took close to an hour to type about 50 characters using only the right index finger.
POINT OF VIEW/ Satoshi Hamano: We need new medium urging us to...
Satoshi Hamano (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Recently, politicians have made a series of slips of the tongue. This is nothing new, and because the media criticize politicians by citing their inappropriate remarks to make...
Internet leak leads to threatening phone calls to Asahi readers
The Asahi Shimbun's "Koe" (Voice) letters to editors colum (Asahi Shimbun photo)
Readers of the vernacular Asahi Shimbun who submitted "letters to the editor" received threatening telephone calls after their personal addresses and phone numbers were posted...
China completes Internet, phone monitoring scheme for Tibet
Tourists stroll the grounds of a temple in Lhasa, Tibet. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China has completed a monitoring scheme in restive Tibet that requires all telephone and internet users to register under their real names, state media said on June 19,...
Sony to distribute 4K-quality movies online to TV buyers
Kazuo Hirai (Photo by Kazuo Yamamoto)
Sony Corp. plans to distribute superfine, 4K-resolution movies online exclusively for customers of its next-generation televisions, President and CEO Kazuo Hirai said.
In polite Japan, vulgarities rise as hate speech spreads
The first tweet by Hirotada Ototake about his experience at a Tokyo Italian restaurant. The photo is altered. (Tetsushi Yamamura)
The threats and insults came fast and furious against a woman in the fashionable Ginza district of Tokyo in late May.
ANIME NEWS: Aniplex Channel offers free anime streaming for U.S....
"Puella Magi Madoka Magica" ((c)Magica Quartet/ Aniplex・Madoka Partners・MBS)
The U.S. subsidiary of leading anime production and distribution company Aniplex Inc. has opened a website that allows U.S. fans to stream popular anime titles for free.
Silicon Valley at front line of global cyber war
Google Inc. headquarters in Mountain View, California (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SAN JOSE, California--Chinese President Xi Jinping and American counterpart Barack Obama will talk cyber-security this week in California, but experts say the state's Silicon...
USSR's old domain name attracts cybercriminals
Sergei Ovcharenko, the director for .su domain development at Moscow’s Foundation for Internet Development poses for The Associated Press photographer in his office in Moscow, Russia, on May 30. The Foundation for Internet Development is responsible for managing the Soviet Union’s old .su domain, which security experts say has become a magnet for hackers. (AP Photo)
MOSCOW--The Soviet Union disappeared from the map more than two decades ago. But online an ‘e-vil empire’ is thriving.