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OhmyNews International, a joint venture preparing to publish a Japanese edition of the South Korean online newspaper OhmyNews, said Thursday it will start recruiting people as registered writers.

The joint venture by South Korea’s OhmyNews Co. and Softbank Corp., will accept applications on its Web site, it said.

It will enlist locally some 40,000 people, about the same as the number working for the South Korean paper, to contribute stories to the Japanese edition of the online newspaper OhmyNews as registered writers, it said earlier.

Even those without professional writing or reporting experiences will be able to write stories, as the company provides support from professional editors, it said.

The amateur writers will be paid for their articles, up to 2,000 yen per article, the company said.

Shuntaro Torigoe, a former reporter for the major daily Mainichi Shimbun, will become editor in chief of the online Japanese newspaper to be published starting Aug. 28.

The joint venture will be owned 70 percent by the South Korean company and the remainder held by Softbank.

The original online newspaper OhmyNews was founded in 2000 and has become popular because of special features and scoops written by staff as well as stories by registered amateur reporters.

The joint venture, OhmyNews International, will be owned 70 percent by the South Korean company and the remainder by Softbank.

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