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The Jan. 10 edition of The Japan Times asks readers if they are “Feeling like fiction?” Personally, no. More than a full page of fiction subtracts from space that could have been devoted to news, features or photos of Japan — the reason I subscribe to the paper version of the paper. One assumes the editors have calculated that a portion of the readership will enjoy fiction enough to buy the newspaper again in the future. We can understand their plight as circulation in the industry declines. But remember, you are a newspaper, not a fictionpaper.

mike thompson

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