No mention of knife, ransom and blood: Japan’s media self-censor during hostage crisis

TOKYO — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been omitted. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, cancelling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities — typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy.

I can vouch for this. My post of the first Kenji Goto video garnered huge web search traffic from Japan lasting several days.


  • Justin

    Since when did the Western disease of political-correctness spread to Japan?

    • I believe their press has always less willing to tackle difficult issues, must be the “Face” thing.

  • James Hamilton

    Japan, despite its economic progress, is a society in decadence.
    They’ve scant respect for human emotions which should be allowed to flow freely, they treat humans as piece of machinery all should be alike with no brain of their own. Work, eat & sleep is their motto of life.
    Oh and their hate for figures of knives or mention of blood is another attempt by progressive crowd to brainwash the masses into believing ‘all is well’. Japan has strict gun control with very few individuals allowed to own shotguns only, no rifles or handguns, which they can’t keep at home. Does that makes Japanese society less violent?? I don’t know but sure they had made them more coward & easy to manipulate.

  • marty_p