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|Owner(s)||Japanese Communist Party|
Akahata (in Japanese)|
Japan Press Weekly (English)
Shimbun Akahata (しんぶん赤旗 Shinbun Akahata, lit. Newspaper Red Flag) is the daily organ of the Japanese Communist Party in the form of a national newspaper. It was founded in 1928 and currently has both daily and weekly editions.
Some of their journalism deals with activist politics, but they also do original reporting on a wide variety of political issues which are often untouched in Japan. Most Japanese newspapers publish the names of alleged criminals, but Akahata often declines to publish their names, unless they are related to organized crime or right-wing activities. They also go out of their way to avoid using polite terms for the Emperor of Japan; for example, the paper refers to the Emperor's Cup exclusively as "a Japanese soccer tournament". They refer to the Buraku Liberation League as the "Liberation" League, using scare quotes to convey their opposition to the group.
Japan Press Weekly is the newspaper's English edition.
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- Shimbun Akahata (in Japanese)
- Japan Press Weekly
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