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Japan: Aichi Prefecture cancels art exhibition focused on censorship

An art exhibition about taboo topics in Japan was canceled raising questions about freedom of expression in the country.

A participant dressed in an ancient samurai warrior costume with the rainbow flag on his helmet poses before the Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade, 7 May 2017, AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

Outrage in Japan after popular TV program “Tunnels” ridicules LGBTQI+ community

The revival broadcast of a popular Japanese television show in the 1980s featuring offensive stereotypes of gay men generated public outrage.

U.N. Special Rapporteur David Kaye, center, speaks at a press conference in Tokyo, 19 April 2016. Kaye has found "serious threats" to the independence of the press in Japan, AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama

Political threats to media freedom undermine cornerstone of democracy in Japan

Recent reports of increasing political pressure on the freedom of the media raise serious concerns that the Japanese government may be trying to prevent journalists from fulfilling their role as watchdogs of democracy.