• Yokohama, Kanagawa


When did The Japan Times become a tabloid rag? On the morning of May 2, I turned over my copy of the paper to see a shocking, quarter-page photo titled “QUEEN’S DAY KILLINGS” on the front page. In it you can clearly see three victims being tossed through the air by a speeding car. Luckily my elementary school-aged children did not see this horrific photo before I could dispose of it.

The other two Japanese newspapers that we subscribe to featured a different, smaller black-and-white photo on the inside pages. The content was far less graphic, showing police attending to people on the ground. I certainly hope The Japan Times does not resort to this kind of tabloid journalism again in the future.

dan burgess

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