Follow the news on Japan News RSF urges recently appointed Japan Prime Minister to take a new turn towards press freedom Japanese reporter held in Myanmar is charged with “false information” News Help by sharing this information On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia July 10, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Nuclear industry entrepreneur seeks massive damages from freelancer May 5, 2021 Find out more News – See Japanese version below Reporters Without Borders deplores nuclear industry entrepreneur Shiro Shirakawa’s use of the courts to hound freelance journalist Minoru Tanaka for his article investigating collusion between Shirakawa, politicians, nuclear plant construction companies and TEPCO, the company that owns the ill-fated Fukushima-Daiichi plant.Shirakawa, who now heads the nuclear power safety company New Tech, is demanding 67 million yen (670,000 euros) from Tanaka for calling him a “nuclear (industry) fixer” in an article he wrote for the weekly Shukan Kinyobi last December. The sum includes libel damages, legal fees and the cost of publishing a correction in all the major newspapers. The case was heard by a Tokyo district court yesterday after an initial hearing in May. The next hearing is scheduled for 7 August.“It is not our job to decide whether Tanaka defamed Shirakawa, but we are dismayed by the journalist’s current legal plight,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The disproportionate amount of damages being demanded and the obviously unequal financial strength of the two parties involved in this legal battle require an appropriate response from the court.“If Shirakawa wanted to rebut Tanaka’s allegations, all he had to do was insist on his right to have his response published by Shukan Kinyobi. What we are witnessing now can only be described as a reprisal against this journalist and an act designed to deter all other journalists from reporting anything alone the same lines.“We urge the court to throw this case out at once. Even if the court ends up ruling in Tanaka’s favour, the threat of bankruptcy will have taken a major toll on him. Any prolongation of this case will just increase its impact on journalists in terms of self-censorship. They already think twice before covering anything to do with Fukushima or trying to break through the lack of transparency surrounding TEPCO and the nuclear power industry in general.”Tanaka’s description of Shirakawa’s alleged role as an intermediary between TEPCO, nuclear power plant construction companies, leading politicians such as Shizuka Kamei and even representatives of undergrounds organisations was based on public information (press articles, research documents from civic groups, etc). RSF_en The reporter also revealed that money had “channelled through” his nuclear power safety company, and studied the links between Shiro Shirakawa and certain key executives of nuclear industry, TEPCO former president, Hiroshi Araki and the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant. Receive email alerts to go further JapanAsia – Pacific Related documents minoru_tanaka-japanese-2.pdfPDF – 101.08 KB News Prior to the initial hearing, Tanaka, 52, received a letter from Shirakawa warning him that he would be ruined financially if the court ruled against him.Tanaka has described the case as an example of what is known as a “SLAPP” (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) – a lawsuit designed to use the threat of mounting legal costs and ruinous damages to intimidate and silence the target, often an isolated journalist or small NGO. The aim is often not to win the case but just to silence critics and to deter others from coming to their support and repeating the criticism.“It is obvious that this trial is a nuclear SLAPP from a person who has huge advantages as the head of an enterprise working for the nuclear industry and who is against an individual journalist,” Tanaka said.Tanaka criticized the lawsuit at yesterday’s hearing and afterwards told Reporters Without Borders: “If I lose this fight, it will mean that no other journalist will later be able to write anything about the danger of the reopening nuclear reactor. (…) So this trial is very important for the future of all journalists.”He also announced his intention of using the case as a weapon in the fight against censorship, together with Yu Terasawa and Hiro Ugaya, two other freelance journalists who have been targets of defamation suits.This is not the first time that Shirakawa has bought lawsuits over this kind of story. He has brought SLAPPs against at least four media in the past three years including the Gekkan FACTA (Monthly FACTA), the Chuo Journal and the Tokyo OutLaws. Most of them gave into the pressure, settled out of court and did not talk publicly about the cases.The Tanaka lawsuit is the first case of a SLAPP in the nuclear sector since the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, and the first case in which the target has been an individual freelancer._________________________________________________________________ JapanAsia – Pacific November 19, 2020 Find out more Organisation 国境なき記者団 プレスリリース2012年7月10日不公平な闘争原発関連産業企業家 フリーランスに過大な賠償を請求『国境なき記者団』は原発関連事業の元企業家である白川司郎氏が法廷という場をフリーランス・ジャーナリスト、田中稔氏を追い込める場として 利用している事実に遺憾を覚える。白川氏が訴えているのは田中氏が執筆した白川氏を巡る、政界、東京電力関連企業、福島第一原発事故と直結 する東京電力との人脈構図に関する調査報道の記事だ。株式会社ニューテックの会長である白川氏は田中氏が昨年（2011年）12月、『週刊金曜日』に掲載した記事の中で、白川氏を”（東電原発 の）フィクサー”などと呼んだことへの名誉毀損行為などから約６７００万円（６７０，０００ユーロ）を請求。同請求額には名誉毀損などの損害賠償、弁護士費用、そして各全国紙への謝罪文掲載広告費代などが含まれている。５月の第１回口頭弁論に続き、 昨日（7月9日）、東京地裁で第２回法廷が開かれた。次回の裁判は８月7日を予定している。「田中氏が白川氏の名誉を毀損したかどうかを判断するのは我々の範囲の仕事ではないが、同フリーランスの法的な苦境の現状を知り愕然としてい る」、『国境なき記者団』はそう述べる。「異常なほど重い賠償が同ジャーナリストに課せられる現状、そして原告と被告側の間の大きな不平等な 経済格差が法廷闘争内にあるという事実を考慮し、東京地方裁判所は正当な対応と処置で臨むべきだ」「もし、白川氏が田中氏の疑惑に反論したいのなら、彼が取るべき処置は『週刊金曜日』で自身の反論を執筆する権利を主張し、反論を同雑誌紙面 上に書き記すことだろう。しかし、我々（『国境なき記者団』）が目撃している限り、白川氏の行為はジャーナリストに対する報復処置そのものと しか言いようがない。その行為は、他のジャーナリストらが今後、同様の趣旨の話題に触れることを防止することを意図しているかのようだ」「我々は東京地方裁判所に対して、直ちにこの裁判を中断するように要求する。例え、もし、田中氏が同裁判で勝訴したとしても、田中氏が被る経済的窮地は避けられない事実であるからである。この裁判が長引くことにより、他のジャーナリストらが自ら報道の自由に対して規制を課す影響を与えかねない。福島問題、そして東京電力、原発産業全般に関する不透明さを打ち破ろうと意気込むジャーナリストらが筆を一旦止め、 執筆を続行するかどうか躊躇する結果となるであろう」田中氏は同記事で白川氏の疑惑の役割を東京電力、原発関連建設企業、そして亀井静香衆議議員など大物政治家、そして裏社会を繋ぐ仲介役として 描写。そして、その記述は全て公的な資料を根拠としている。（過去の記事、市民団体などからの調査報告書類など）また同記者は、白川氏が会長を務める警備会社が東京電力系の施設の警備事業をどのように受注してきたのかを明らかにし、白川氏と原発関連企業の人脈、東京電力 前会長・荒木浩、そして六ヶ所村の各燃料リサイクル施設などとの関連性を追及した。５月の法廷前に田中氏（５２）は、白川司郎氏の代理人から『警告書』となるものを受け取り、法廷が開幕したら田中氏が経済的に大打撃を受ける ことが避けられないことが示唆されていた。田中氏はこの裁判を”SLAPP（スラップ）”の例だと主張している。スラップ（公的参加者に対する戦略的訴訟：Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation)とは、フリーランスなどの孤立したジャーナリストや小さなNGO団体に対して、言論を封鎖する意図で利用される恫喝処置。膨 大な裁判費用と損害賠償などで被告側を追い込める戦略的な訴訟だ。その訴訟の目的は裁判に勝訴することではなく、批判の口封じ、また他の人々 が批判に追随し、非難を繰り返したり、原告側を支援したりしないようにする効果を狙っている。「この裁判は、原発関連事業により巨額の利益を享受してきた者によるジャーナリスト個人に対する明白な”原発スラップ”（恫喝訴訟、訴訟 SLAPP）であると考えます」、田中氏はそう公言する。田中氏は昨日（7月9日）の口頭弁論法廷の後、『国境なき記者団』に対して、「もし、私がこの裁判に負けたら、誰も原発再稼働に対し、一切何 も言えなくなる。＜中略＞そういう意味で、この裁判の行方は、全てのジャーナリストらの将来に対して大きな意味を持っている」と述べた。また田中氏は、以前、田中氏と同様に名誉毀損の対象とされ闘って来た寺澤有、鳥賀陽弘道らと共に、同裁判での闘争を通じて情報統制に対抗して いきたいと宣言している。事実、白川氏による名誉毀損訴訟は田中氏が初めてではない。同様の内容の記事を書くメディアを白川氏は過去に何度も訴えて来ている。ここ３年 間以内でも少なくとも３−４のメディアが白川氏により、スラップ訴訟で提訴されている。月刊ファクタ、中央ジャーナル、東京アウトローズなど だ。しかし、ほとんどの被害者らが圧力に屈してか、スラップ訴訟に関して公にしていないのが現状だ。田中氏の裁判は2011年３月11日の福島第一原発事故以来、初めての原発事業関連に置けるスラップ訴訟であり、同様に個人のフリーランスを標 的とした最初の訴訟でもある。 September 16, 2020 Find out more
May 31, 2021
Home / Daily Dose / An Update on Housing and the Economy Related Articles Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share 1Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Economy HOUSING NAR 2019-07-23 Seth Welborn In a post on Forbes, National Association of REALTORS Chief Economist Lawrence Yun gave an update on the state of both the housing and the economy as a whole.“After achieving the longest economic expansion in the U.S. history and growing a solid 3.2% annualized rate in the first quarter of 2019, which way is the $19 trillion income-generating economy headed?” Yun asks. “Not as strong.”According to Yun, “constant trade war rhetoric” has had a negative impact on businesses as equipment spending drops. Real estate, he states, is a key area for future growth. The housing shortage has presented a critical need to build homes, especially among moderately priced homes where demand is strongest.“Rising home sales and increased housing starts have nearly always been associated with economic expansion,” said Yun. “More home sales also mean increased number of Americans who can participate in wealth gains. Consequently, consumer spending, including vehicle sales, can turn higher.”According to a CoreLogic special report, titled “The Role of Housing in the Longest Economic Expansion,” in July 2019, the United States’ economic expansion reached 121 months. The economy has continued to grow since the recession ended in 2009, and with housing comprising approximately 15% of GDP since 2010, the real estate market is an important indicator of economic health.“During the last nine years, the expansion has created more than 20 million jobs, raised family incomes and rebuilt consumer confidence,” said CoreLogic Chief Economist Frank Nothaft. “The longest stretch of mortgage rates below 5% in more than 60 years has supplemented these factors. These economic forces have driven a recovery in home sales, construction, prices and home equity wealth.”Another contribution to economic growth has been government spending. Yun points to high revenues from the growing economy and rising property values and rising property taxes, influencing state and local government to spend more. Internationally, U.S. exports rose and imports fell, thereby shrinking the trade deficit. “One caution is that slower activity of exports and imports have in the past correlated with a slowing economy,” said Yun. “If businesses cannot operate in the most efficient manner as they see fit, then the economy slows.” About Author: Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago July 23, 2019 1,232 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago An Update on Housing and the Economy Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Economy HOUSING NAR Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Home Price Growth Analyzed Next: Carson: Regulations are “Huge Barriers” to Affordable Housing Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago
May 27, 2021
Facebook By News Highland – June 21, 2012 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released WhatsApp Previous articleConstituency Commission: Donegal constituencies merge into single 5 seaterNext articleDonegal politicians react to constituency boundary proposals News Highland News Two people have been arrested by Gardai investigating the murder of a man in his 60’s in Churchill.The body of 67 year old Seamus Doherty was found at a house at Drumacnoo in the early hours of Sunday morning last.A post mortem showed he died in suspicious circumstances.Investigating officers last night arrested a man in his forties in connection with the death – while a woman in her fifties has this morning been detained.Both are being held at Letterkenny garda staiton – under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. Google+ Facebook Google+ Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Gardai arrest a man and woman in Churchill murder investigation Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry
September 24, 2020
Batesville 7th Graders beat Milan by a score of 46-35.Trey Heidlage led all scorers with 23 points. Austin Siefert added 5 while Luke Belter and Sam Haskamp added 4. Quinn Werner also had 2.BMS will next be in action next Friday, December 27th as they play Connersville at 9am for the St. Louis/Batesville Crosstown Classic.Submitted by Batesville Coach Eric Feller.The Bulldogs’ record is now 4-7 with a very tough loss in overtime 44-42 last night to Milan.1Q. 11-8 BMS; 2Q. 21-17 BMS; 3Q. 36-28 BMS; 4Q. 37-37.Isaac Barker had 22 points. Jayden Beal had a nice game and 7 points. Dylan Flannery had a big game for us with 6 points and some critical rebounds.Tristian Lamppert had 4 points and Lane Westerfeld had 3 points. We had 18 turnovers but everyone who played gave great effort! We made 10-13 free throws.Submitted by Batesville Coach Terry Giesting.
August 12, 2020
Authorities in Pinellas County are currently investigating an explosion at a bank ATM.The incident was reported at the BB&T bank on Tampa Road at 3:27 a.m. Monday.According to the report, authorities received a call from the bank’s alarm system and arrived to the scene to discover the remains of the explosion on the “south side of the building.”Not much is known about the incident at this time, however, authorities are still conducting their investigation.Officials are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at (727) 582-6200.
August 12, 2020
An Ohio woman found a unique way to call 911 to report that her mother was being abused.Tiffany Urban could not explicitly say what was happening because the alleged attacker nearby, so she pretended to order pizza.“I was thinking to myself that ‘I need to call 911, order pizza,” she told Inside Edition.Urban said she “was worried” that the dispatcher would not take her seriously, and at first, it didn’t seem like he did.The dispatcher told Urban that she had dialed the wrong number to order pizza.But she quickly responded with urgency, “No, no, no, no.”Urban told Inside Edition she was thinking, “don’t hang up on me” throughout the call.Thankfully, the dispatcher, Tim Teneyck, quickly caught on that Urban needed help.They completed the “order” before Teneyck alerted police of the special circumstance behind the call.He also told the police to turn off their sirens before getting to the home and that the caller ordered a pizza and agreed with everything he said, stressing “there’s domestic violence going on.”Police arrived at the scene and arrested 56-year-old Simon Lopez on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge after he allegedly punched the woman’s mother so hard that she fell into a wall.According to the police report, Lopez denied hitting the caller’s mother.As of Friday, he is being held at the Lucas County Corrections Center.
August 12, 2020
Police in New York are currently searching for a 16-year-old girl they believe may have been kidnapped while she was out with her mother.The incident was reported, Monday around 11:20 pm.Authorities say Karol Sanchez was walking with her mom on Eagle Avenue when they both were approached by a beige-colored four-door sedan.Two suspects then got out of the vehicle and grabbed the teen and dragged her inside. During the altercation, the teen’s mother was pushed to the ground but she was able to tell authorities that the suspects were four men in their 20’s and that the vehicle took off driving eastbound on East 156th Street.It is unclear at this time whether the victims knew the suspects.The teen is described as being about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs about 150 lbs. She has short black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a dark-blue short jacket, white sweater, blue jeans, and black sneakers.
August 6, 2020
Facebook42Tweet0Pin0 A Stardust Christmas Blizzard runs at The State Theater in Downtown Olympia until December 31, 2013. Reserve your tickets by calling the box office at 360.786.0151 or online here. Submitted by Reesa Nelson for Harlequin ProductionsThe Stardust Christmas Blizzard is Harlequin Productions 18th Stardust Production.The holidays are always a magical time of year. And for many of those years, Harlequin has shared a multitude of sparkly toe-tapping Stardust productions with the community. Many thousands of regional theater goers have enjoyed the hits-filled jumping, jiving, and caroling as Stardust traveled through the 1940s. Now, after a brief break from the tradition last year, we are happy to visit times gone by in Christmas 1957 with the Stardust Gang. This year’s production, A Stardust Christmas Blizzard, marks playwright Harlowe Reed’s eighteenth production of the Stardust series. The playwright has graciously granted an interview so we could glean more insights into this vibrant delight.What inspired the leap in setting from the 1940s to 1957?HR: We spent seventeen years in the 1940s and covered over 200 songs from the period. I was ready to move forward in time. The 1950s may have a little more resonance with today’s audience owing to shifting demographics. In addition, the variety of material available broadens as you move forward in time.Do you have any personal attachment to this era?HR: I’m a social history buff and all eras have their fascinations. Mid 20th century America is an amazing time. We were a very young country that had come into a newly elevated position of power and wealth after WWII. Our culture was blasting off along with the accelerated economy.What is your process for writing a musical like this?HR: Rounding up the best cast possible and then writing characters that align with them. There has to be a kernel of story to get it going, but once I begin to let them tell their own stories on paper it rolls out from there. The music will usually be selected from the hits of the decade and be placed in the show to fit characters and situations.Where does your inspiration come from?HR: Actually while I’m in the midst of working on the current show, the idea for the following holiday may spring up. That’s often been the case. This year was different because I didn’t really know what would evolve until this summer. I knew there would be a blizzard but I didn’t know how it would turn out.How do you decide which musical numbers to include in the show?HR: We start with a list of perhaps a hundred songs that were hits and emblematic of the style of popular music during the era and narrow it down to 24 or 26 numbers. This process has to do with the vocal ranges of the cast and how many solos, group numbers and duets are to be included in the show. Emotional resonance with a number is a big influence as well.What is one of the ways you’ve infused the essence of the 50s into this show?HR: Some of the skits and introductions are framed up on several TV personalities like Ed Sullivan, Lawrence Welk, and Perry Como. One snippet is an Elvis Presley impression and a number of the songs in the show were, of course, made famous by iconic rock’n’roll stars.The Stardust Christmas Blizzard is set in 1957, a departure from the previous productions in the 1940s.Why is early rock’n’roll music still popular today?HR: I think it’s still popular because it is emblematic of freedom and individualism and these are dearly held values. When you look at the entire arc of pop culture as a mass-produced and multi-media experience, it’s not really that old. American popular music went overseas in WWII with the big band recordings and they changed the world. Rock’n’roll evolved out of that uniquely American form. But it wasn’t Big Band, it was small band and big personality. There is also an innocence in early rock’n’roll that would be almost completely obliterated by the mid-70s. That sincerity still has its charms.What is your favorite part about writing these wonderful musicals?HR: Having a great cast and seeing and hearing the show come to life. There is always an adventure to be had in inventing something new! The very best part for all of us is having happy audiences and feeling that we’ve contributed to and been an enjoyable part of their holiday!
August 5, 2020
Image Courtesy: ICC/AFPAdvertisement 1ohs6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9krWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eqxu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) csfWould you ever consider trying this?😱9dnbalCan your students do this? 🌚cacgxRoller skating! Powered by Firework One of the greatest batsmen to ever grace the 22 yards, Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli instils nightmares for the opposition bowling squad. ICC’s world no. 1 batsman is well known for his prowess with the bat, and time and again has dominated even the best bowlers in favours formats of the game. However, the superstar batsman had a lacklustre performance in the recent ODI series, failing to make a mark against a devastating New Zealand bowling force. Pocketing his wicket in the first ODI, Kiwi superstar Ish Sodhi speaks on the methods to dismiss the Indian run machine.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ICC/AFPBorn in Ludhiana, Punjab, the Black Caps international bowled Virat Kohli on 51 in the first ODI match at Seddon Park with a stunning googly. In a recent interview with PTI, the spinner revealed on how to keep the Men in Blue captain under pressure.“Virat is a batsman you need to constantly attack or else he puts the pressure back on you.” Sodhi told reporters.Advertisement With 40 ODI wickets from 32 appearances, the 27 year old added that various stategies need to be followed to face Kohli on the pitch, along with a touch of bravery when delivering against the Indian captain.“You need to come up with plans and be really courageous while bowling to him,” the bowler added.Advertisement While it has been a topic of discussion among the fan base for Kohli’s apparent weakness against spinners, Sodhi, a leg breaker himself commented that the 31 year old never fails to outshine them.“Even though leg spinners get him out, he scores a lot of runs off them as well.” he concluded.Other than picking Kohli in the first ODI, Sodhi secured six wickets in the T20 series.Although released by Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals before the 2020 IPL auction, Sodhi is appointed as the spin consultant for the team this season.“It’s a challenging role and the one that I am looking forward to. My main role will be that of spin consultant and devise plans for the spinners. Try and give them advice about some of the overseas players they haven’t played before,” Sodhi commented on his new role.Also read-Virat Kohli breaks 5 year old horrible batting record against New Zealand Advertisement