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 (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.
Imperial Household Agency makes ancient documents available on...
“Satcho Domei Uragaki” is one of the newly released digital documents found on the Imperial Household Agency's website. Sakamoto Ryoma wrote in red to endorse the alliance of the two domains. The original document was written by Katsura Kogoro. (Downloaded from the Imperial Household Agency's website)
Ancient literature, art and documents related to the imperial family are now just a mouse click away for web surfers.
Nintendo halts misused photo-swap features in 3DS game console
Police officers practice the use of the Nintendo 3DS video game console at the headquarters of the Gifu prefectural police department on Nov. 1. (Yuka Takeshita)
Nintendo Co. has stopped some sharing functions of its "Nintendo 3DS" handheld video game console after learning that some users, including minors, were exchanging "offensive...
Iwate opens Comic Iwate Web to stream new titles
A manga by Tsukiko is streamed on Comic Iwate Web. The short story takes place on the Kaiunbashi bridge, aka "Nidonakibashi." (Provided by the Iwate prefectural government)
MORIOKA--The Iwate prefectural government set up Comic Iwate Web in late September to stream new manga stories associated with the area.
INTERVIEW: Death toll keeps rising in online memorial for Iraqi...
John Sloboda, left, and Hamit Dardagan (Photo by Akira Suemori)
Hamit Dardagan and John Sloboda were stunned when the number hit 10,000. Now, the death toll listed on their website has far surpassed 110,000.
Software provides easy access to Braille music scores
Toshiyuki Gotoh, a professor of image processing and assistive technology at Yokohama National University Graduate School, explains how his automatic Braille music translation server works on the Internet. (Minako Yoshimoto)
Hiroko Oyamaguchi is volunteer transcriber who transforms musical scores into Braille, enabling visually impaired musicians to read the notes.
Toei movie company starts Internet pay channel in U.S.
The “Kamen Rider (Masked Rider)” tokusatsu TV series is popular among children in Japan. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A major Japanese movie and television program production company, aiming to cash in on the growing popularity of anime and manga overseas, is now offering an Internet pay...
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...