Here are some free English language news websites and shows.
ABC Australia’s Japan Focus – ABC Australia is the Australian national broadcaster and Japan Focus is a weekly podcast hosted by Eleni Psaltis. She covers a range of topics regarding Japan including current affairs.
NHK World – This is the English language website of Japan’s national public broadcasting organization. There is a lot more than just news here including a live stream; video programs for lifestyle, culture, art, and much more. There is also a great learning Japanese section.