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Tabloids revel in South Korea's MERS misery

| Jun 20, 2015

Tabloids revel in South Korea's MERS misery

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Schadenfreude, a word of German derivation, is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people.” A more succinct definition would be “malicious glee.” “Malicious glee” aptly describes Yukan Fuji’s coverage ...

Japan's masochistic approach to immigration

| Jun 13, 2015

Japan's masochistic approach to immigration

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The Asahi Shimbun’s online newsmagazine, Webronza, recently featured a conversation between former Asahi reporter Mieko Takenobu and sex-goods purveyor Minori Kitahara. They discussed the latter’s brief imprisonment after being busted for displaying “salacious material” at her store associated with the controversial “vagina artist” Rokudenashiko. ...

Times advisory board meets, offers recommendations

Jun 12, 2015

Times advisory board meets, offers recommendations

While some advisory board members praised specific stories or stressed the need for improvement in some articles and headlines that appeared in The Japan Times over the last half year, others offered recommendations for design and the use of graphics. Intense images Kyoto Journal ...

Blame batted about for stadium blunder

| Jun 6, 2015

Blame batted about for stadium blunder

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The media is still very positive about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but its ardor has cooled significantly with regard to the way the central government is holding up its end of the bargain. When Tokyo was selected by the International Olympic Committee in Buenos ...

A media circus surrounds Japan's animal acts

| May 30, 2015

A media circus surrounds Japan's animal acts

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The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums has voted to stop buying dolphins captured during drive hunts conducted by fishermen in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture. For the past decade, the town has received a great deal of negative publicity because of its dolphin slaughter, and ...