|JIN-NET(Japan Independent News Net) Co., Ltd. is a TV program production company, which represents a group of professional journalists in Japan. It is rare in Japan that a company like JIN-NET which mainly produces journalistic programs, is truly independent. We are very proud that JIN-NET works independently from any particular broadcasting group, political party, religion, or a business group.
If you are considering an interview, shooting a TV program or a movie, or conducting a preparatory research in Japan, the chances are that we can offer you excellent assistance and cooperation as your partner. Our company, JIN-NET Co., Ltd., will be able to arrange, help, or execute on your behalf, any tasks in the following areas:
・ Preliminary researches for interviews and data gathering.
・ Overall coordination and arrangement of interviews and data gathering, including acquisition of shooting permits.
・ Interviews and data gathering activities, including video shooting.
・ On-site reporting.
・ Provision of assistance for interviews and/or data gathering activities.
・ Video editing.
・ Transmitting video contents via satellite, or looking after broadcasting and relaying procedures.
JIN-NET is a young company born in 1998. Within just several years of its birth, however, the company has established a sound foundation, and excellent reputation in the media journalism. JIN-NET has produced successive programs incorporating industry-shaking journalistic scoops, with impacts on administrative policies, exploring sharply into the society and people, and uncovering moving human dramas. In the spring of 2001, less than 3 year from its birth, JIN-NET surprised the media establishment by winning the Galaxy Award, the most prestigious prize given in the Japanese radio and TV industry. Of the 4 best programs which won the Galaxy Award that year, our program was the sole recipient in the journalism field, receiving the highest evaluation among all the journalistic programs.
One strong sales point of JIN-NET as a program production company is that it conducts from project research, planning, interviewing, video shooting to final program editing integrally on its own. Unlike many other productions, we do not, as a rule, undertake fragmented components of a program, such as part of reporting or part of editing as a subcontractor for a major network. We run a project from the planning stage, using our own intuition and original ideas as professional journalists. We are also different from news agencies which provide usually unprocessed news or visual cuts. JIN-NET supplies to a broadcasting station a fully edited and tailored finished program. We seek the highest level of program refinement to the finish, and a responsible program follow-up.
JIN-NET is also well-known for its overseas reportages. We have own know-how and own human networks of professionals and contacts overseas, particularly among a number of Asian countries. Our competence for in-depth research and reporting is unrivalled in these areas. JIN-NET’s particular strengths in Asian reporting come from the composition of our core staff members, many of whom have spent years as foreign correspondents for news services in these countries.
Our staff members write articles for various magazines, and some of us have published a dozen books, and helped produce several books by those persons that we developed contacts through interviewing. This fact that we work in media other than TV broadcasting as well, gives us a competitive edge. JIN-NET enjoys a wider perspective and diverse backgrounds. With the arrival of BS and CS satellite broadcasting, and broadband communications, JIN-NET intends to advance into these new media areas.
Some of the themes that we covered have attracted international attention. Brief summaries of a selection of our programs are given below.
Polyhedral Approaches to Nature Conservation
Calls for the conservation of Nature have become global movements with enormous impacts. However, the good will does not explain everything behind the current scenes. JIN-NET explored the complex political maneuvers and motivations, which are hidden behind the calls for protection of whales, sea turtles and other animals. JIN-NET challenged the media industry taboo and compiled a series of documentary programs, which focused on points of contact between politics and the nature conservation movements. One of the programs in this series received the Galaxy Award.
○ Big Scoop on the Counterfeit Brand Scandal
Fake articles bearing popular brands, including fake Prada bags and fake Polo garments, are being distributed in Japan in large quantities. What was very shocking is that these fake articles have managed to penetrate into the distribution systems of well-known discount-sales chains, numerous boutiques, and national chains of supermarkets. JIN-NET conducted a large-scale investigation of brand articles in distribution, with the help of experts, and disclosed to the public the names of those shops which were selling fake items. JIN-NET also uncovered the covert channel of counterfeit article distribution system operating in Japan.
○ Challenging Problem-Ridden Cancer Treatments in Japan
Patients and their families are often appalled to find that many anticancer agents used routinely abroad are not approved for use in Japan. The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare is slow, bureaucratic and self-centered. Japanese medical doctors often lack the competence to cope with the latest advancements in medicine. The severe criticisms that we leveled out in our documentary programs became a cornerstone in movements among cancer patients to demand drastic improvements.
○ Where Do Cars Stolen in Japan Go?
The number of car thefts is rising rapidly in Japan. JIN-NET uncovered the collaborative operation between Yakuza (the Japanese Mafia), Foreign Mafias operating in Japan, and the so-called Chinese snakeheads. Our reporting teams dispatched to Southeast Asian countries and Russia located a number of cars stolen in Japan and delivered to these destinations. JIN-NET conducted interviews successfully with a thief (thieves) who “pick up” cars in Japan, with a big Mafia boss and the stolen car broker (brokers) abroad. This program attracted much public attention for disclosing ingenious stealing techniques and the mechanism of car smuggling across national borders.
○ JIN-NET’s Expertise in Reports on North Korea
Unidentified speedboats were making frequent entries into Japanese territorial waters. In March 1999, the Japanese Maritime Safety Agency permitted warning shots on one of these boats, and in December 2001 actually sank one boat after exchange of fire. JIN-NET, based on its own researches, identified the boat as a North Korean spy ship, and uncovered the elaborate structure and dubious activities. JIN-NET also made efforts to interview a top-class North Korean agent, who was involved in abducting and shipping Japanese nationals on these boats to North Korea.
○ Breaking a Japanese Taboo: A Real Portrait of Jieitai
JIN-NET is producing a series of programs on Japanese Self-Defense Forces soldiers. Because the Japanese Constitution prohibits the ownership of military forces, Jieitai [Self-Defense Forces] was always a delicate political issue and reporting on many aspects of Jieitai was considered something best avoided. As well known, the fact is that the Japanese Self-Defense Forces is a military of global rank in size and equipment. JIN-NET is following up Jieitai soldiers as individuals in a series of reports, exploring their everyday lives, their thoughts and aspirations.
○ JIN-NET’s Reports on Child Prostitution in Asia; Police Also Closely Watches These Reports.
Sexual exploitation of children is condemned as one of the most serious violations of human rights by international authorities. Many young girls in Asia are sold across borders, offered for prostitution to men from Japan and other countries, and exploited as subjects of pornographic videos. JIN-NET conducted on-site investigations in Thailand, Cambodia and Nepal, making public appeals on grave tragedies taking place. This JIN-NET report led actually to arrests of child abusers in Japan.
○ Prompt Reports on Afghan Issue
Immediately after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, JIN-NET dispatched a team of reporting crew to Pakistan. Their timely reports materialized in a series of special programs. What made our reports different from others was that our 3-men crew stayed out in the area controlled by the Northern Alliance to report on scenes there every day. Our crew, furthermore, entered Kabul immediately after its fall, becoming one of the first foreign reporting crews to get there.
JIN-NET produces programs covering diverse fields. The following list covers typical fields, including some mentioned already:
A) Crimes, Underground World
・ Thailand ? A report on stolen Japanese passports used for passport forgeries. There are Japanese members among the snakeheads.
・ Thailand ? Reports on how fake brand articles are put on the market.
・ Introduction to various underground business activities by snakeheads.
・ Rising motor thefts ? Reports on various stealing techniques; on locating in Thailand a Harley-Davidson motorcycle (Harley-Davidson motorcycles) stolen in Japan; on the distribution of stolen cars in Japan; and on smuggling stolen cars out of Japan to Russia.
・Fake Brands ? Scandals involving a large-scale distribution of fake Prada bags; a large-scale distribution of fake Polo Ralph Lauren; and a large-scale distribution of fake Max Factor SK-II.
・A testimony by a young Thai victim, used by a Japanese porno industry.
・A disclosure of secret activities in Asia by the Japanese Red Army.
・The Russian Mafia’s smuggling of guns and crabs into Japan.
B）National Security Issues
・A series on Jieitai [Japan Self-Defense Forces] ? Training of elitist airborne rangers of the Ground Self-Defense Army; profiles of soldiers and their families taking part in major summer exercises; a flying corps helping villagers and transporting the sick from an isolated island off Okinawa; scenes from winter training in heavy snow; undersea bomb disposal by a special unit; training of rookies; a time-series reporting on a female Maritime Self-Defense Force officer; an emergency rescue corps of Air Self-Defense Force in full operation at major accidents; and the latest electronic mock battle simulations.
・What will Japan do in the case of military conflicts on the Korean Peninsula?
・History of Russian espionage cases.
・What are the military strategies of North Korea?
・North Korean issues ? The spy boat in March 1999 belonged to North Korea; an analysis of the June 1999 firing incident in the Yellow Sea.
・North Korean stimulant drugs smuggled into Japan.
・Reconstructing a North Korean underground missile base from testimonies.
・The first Japanese to make a desperate escape from North Korea.
・Interview with a high-rank North Korean agent who kidnapped Japanese; the release of that agent to North Korea; and the agony of the agent’s lover in Japan.
・A big scandal of Pyongyang affiliated financial institutions in Japan.
・An analysis of the North-South Summit in Korea.
・South Korean Politics ? Reputations of the Kim Dae Jung administration; interview with ex-President Kim Yong Sam; conflicts between Kim Dae Jung and the Korean journalism.
・Political movements by the families of Koreans kidnapped by North Korea ? A testimony by an ex-abductee who fled from North Korea.
・Kim Jong Nam, son of Kim Jong Il, caught by Japanese customs at Narita; the procurement route of his forged passport.
・The life of a Korean kamikaze pilot.
・A suspected involvement by the Yodo hijackers in abducting young Japanese in Europe. (These leftist Japanese hijackers took a JAL plane Yodo to North Korea.)
・ The North Korean spy boat incident in December 2001. ? Why did the boat, which the Japanese Maritime Security Agency sank after the crossfire, come to Japan? JIN-NET disclosed a photograph of the unidentified boat which was carrying stimulant drugs in 1998. This boat closely resembled with the boat sank in 2001.
D) Japanese Politics, Economy, Welfare and Labor
・Near bankruptcies of corporate pension funds
・Emerging new entrepreneurs
・Strategies for the survival of small local manufacturing shops.
・Reduction of permanent workforces under the Revised Employee Dispatch Laws
・Rising High-School Dropouts under the Stagnant Economy
・International issues surrounding Prime Minister Koizumi’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine.
・ Beef substitution fraud by Yukijirushi associated with BSE.
E) Japanese Society, Education and Social Customs
・The increase of school refusal among children.
・Questions posed against the Nursing Care Insurance System; dubious Care Degree Identification Standards; criticisms against the system.
・US measures against juvenile crimes (What can Japan learn in revising the Juvenile Law?)
・Unique education given to the Ainu children, a minor ethnical group in Japan.
・The correction system for ex-convicts.
・Debtors fight illegal financiers; the fight against agents of creditors who occupy debtors’ houses.
・Internet World ? Internet and PCs have changed human relations; potential dangers of online dating.
・Family tragedies caused by car accident deaths.
F）Medical Issues, Criticisms against Japanese Welfare Administration
・Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease（CJD）Scandal ? The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare let CJD spread by allowing the use of contaminated human dura mater taken from dead bodies. A series of 5 reports.
・The state of Japanese anti-cancer treatments ? Treatment methods chosen by patients; cancer treatment of global standard quality is not available in Japan; patients are fighting to attain the standard treatment.
・Cases of medical malpractices in Japan. ? A death caused by mistreatment of a fractured jawbone; a death (deaths) from improper doses of anti-cancer agents.
・The increase of dementia with the arrival of the aging society.
・ The imminent bankruptcy of the Universal National Insurance Coverage.
G) Asian and World Situations
・Child abuse in Asia ? A Japanese company (Japanese companies) engaged in producing porno videos in Thailand using children; young girls used in child prostitution in Cambodia.
・Cambodia ? Cambodian children today; illegal excavation and thefts at Angkor ruins; investigation of massacres by the Pol Pot army; a return to Cambodia of a Japanese who lived through the Pol Pot era.
・Japanese men who flock to Cambodia for child prostitution
・Indonesia ? The riots and the general election in 1999; the Timor situation; contacting and reporting on the Timor Armed Pro-integration Militias; the tragic situation of children in Indonesia.
・Middle East – the Millennium Mass in Bethlehem.
・Nepal – Nepalese girls are being sold to India; street children in Katmandu.
・An unknown portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
・9.11 – Who is Osama bin Laden? Can the US win in Afghanistan? Is there any possibility of a quick political solution in Afghanistan? Is there any possibility of an internal split within the Taliban?
・ Crisis faced by the peacekeeping in Palestine (September 2001).
H) Environmental Issues
・Indonesia ? What is behind the smuggling of orangutans to Japan? An uncovered report on the black market for smuggled rare animals.
・”Forests are the loving partners of oceans” (How the conservation of forests affect the quality of water in rivers and oceans.)
・Questionable aspects of the nature conservation movements – Political motivations behind the campaign to protect sea turtles; political motivations behind the anti-whaling movements.
・Commotions surrounding the construction of a nuclear power plant in Taiwan.