With more than two-thirds of the seats in the House of Representatives and a majority in the House of Councillors, the ruling coalition that backs Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is firmly in control of the legislative process.

The influential government bureaucracy, too, is much more comfortable with the Abe administration than it ever was with the relatively short-lived Democratic Party of Japan that preceded it. Additionally, the big business community, represented by Keidanren, the Japan Business Federation, has just come under the leadership of a close Abe ally, and has announced it will resume direct financial contributions to the ruling party.

It is against this background that a campaign of intimidation has been launched against the major liberal and moderate media outlets.

At the top of the hit list was NHK, the Japanese national broadcaster. Prime Minister Abe had long been dissatisfied with NHK’s coverage of controversial issues. [Read more]

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