August 2007

Japan: UH election result and implications

2007-08-03 - oiwan
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Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party was unexpectedly defeated in July 29's Upper House election. Chris from GVO posted a question on whether the result of the election is a groundswell of support for the opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), or was it simply a long-overdue rejection of “business as usual”? And there are some bloggers comments, some are rather skeptical.

The anxiety of China's Bureau of Broadcasting and Film

2007-08-27 - chong
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Originally published in Chinese at my1510 by bonnae

China's Bureau of Broadcasting and Film (BBF) refuses to keep silent and has new policy. During late July and early August, some Chinese audience are not able to watch programs from the Phoenix TV. Despite the Beijing government's emphasis on “harmony”, BBF's action aroused people's strong reaction and the attention of Hong Kong, Taiwan and western media before the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party Representatives (17th NCCPR). BBF, in the name of “market competition and political solution”, bans all cable TV services providing “illegal” satellite programs. BBF sees it as a measure of “national security”. It takes “political consideration” to “strengthen management”.