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“Bluebottle fly” was what he says he was called by the police. But freelance journalist Shunsuke Yamaoka is now getting a buzz from watching the law deal with wrongdoers he exposed.

For any reporter, that — and the headline stories he has written along the way — would be achievement enough. But for a freelance journalist who took on the mighty consumer loan company Takefuji Corp. — without the support and protection afforded by a major media organization — that achievement is little short of astonishing.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
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