There is an awful lot of censorship in the Japanese news, particularly when it comes to matters such as civil disobedience. When thousands of people get together to protest an action such as free trade, news stations cover the topic with vigor and try their hardest to get panelists in the know on the program to share their opinions. When much larger groups of people band together to protest something like nuclear power, however, there is hardly any mention of it at all on most TV news stations. Today's protests in Fukui attracted more than four thousand people ... none of which seemed to be part of the media.
There's no such thing as "fair and balanced" news reporting anywhere on the planet, and this is particularly true in Japan. Questioning the status quo is not only strongly discouraged; it's completely ignored.