Gov’t to look into NHK’s contracts with cell phone TV owners


The communications ministry will conduct hearings soon with Japan’s public broadcaster NHK to look into how the broadcaster is handling its contracts with owners of cell phones equipped with a mobile television device, ministry officials said Wednesday.

The decision follows a court ruling last month that owners of such mobile phones have no obligation to sign a subscription fee contract with NHK.

Under the Broadcast Law, a person who has a TV set is obliged to sign a contract with NHK regardless of whether or not its programs are watched.

The Saitama District Court ruled on Aug 26 that just owning such a handset does not constitute installation of TV equipment and therefore does not fall under the Broadcast Law.

NHK, also known as Japan Broadcasting Corp, had argued that even if owners had not watched its programs they had to sign a contract, given the fact they were using a phone that had a TV function. NHK has appealed to a higher court.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications decided on the hearings because “public interest is high,” a ministry official said.

Japan seeks EU passenger name records as security measure


Japan plans to begin negotiations with the European Union to gain access to its passengers name records for flights bound for Japan as part of efforts to tighten security ahead of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, a government official said.

Currently, Japan receives passenger name records from major airlines across the world, but it has no access to EU member states’ records due to strict privacy protection rules.

The Japanese government aims to conclude a treaty with the European Union to enable it to receive passenger name records from the 28-member bloc and also strike a deal to allow both sides to transfer personal information to make the pact feasible, the official said.

Passenger name records contain names, nationalities, passport numbers and credit card data. Immigration officials check names against a blacklist to prevent the entry of suspicious individuals.

The European Union only allows countries and regions that pass its privacy protection criteria to access personal information from the region. Japan is not allowed to do so and as it has no accord with the bloc to receive passenger name records, it also lacks access to such data provided by European airlines.

The European Union basically bans the transfer of records of customer and employee names out of the region, even to subsidiaries of Japanese companies operating in Europe that have collected such data in Europe.

The envisioned pact to enable the transfer of personal information beyond borders could pave the way for businesses on both sides to utilize such data, the official said.


“TRUE Islam” campaign launched at Toronto’s Dundas Square

Never Again Canada, a Toronto-based group fighting antisemitism and hate speech in Canada, has launched the “TRUE Islam” campaign.

A non-Muslim female activist wearing the Islamic traditional niqab, a grab covering the entire body with only a narrow opening for the eyes, stood on Sunday September 4, 2016 at the northern side of Dundas Square and distributed flyers to passerby, encouraging them to dispel misinformation about Islam by visiting the site:

The link leads to a booklet (click HERE) containing excerpts from Islamic literature distributed for free by Muslim activists at the portable Islamic booth located at Dundas Square.

Never Again Canada stated that the “True Islam” campaign is a response to the anti-“Islamophobia” guide for teachers and educators recently issued by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) in collaboration with the Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). For more information click HERE.

Islamic literature in Toronto deals with wife beating, stoning, crucifixion, amputation

Muslim Dawah (outreach, “call to Islam”) activists at Toronto’s Dundas Square distributed during recent years a variety of Islamic literature.

The following are the highlights of some of Islamic books/booklets which were obtained by CIJnews:

  • Homosexuality is a major sin

  • Liberated’ Western women… are trapped in a form of slavery
  • Polygamy is permitted in certain conditions

  • Wife must obey the “commands” of her husband

  • Wife beating is permissible in certain conditions (“Submissive or subdued women… may even enjoy being beaten”)

  • Muslims have a duty to spread the message of Islam in society

  • Prayers to Allah to give Muslims victory over the disbelievers
  • Non-Muslims of an Islamic State have to pay the jizya (poll-tax) tax
  • Punishment of flogging for public intoxication and traffickers

  • Punishment of stoning to death for married adulterers

  • Punishments of amputation (hand and leg), crucifixion and execution in serious crimes
  • Punishment of cutting off the hand for the thief

  • Punishment of execution for apostates
  • Possession of slaves is permissible in certain conditions.