As you're reading this, you'll probably will agree with a survey by the Yomiuri Shimbun earlier this fall that found 88 percent of the public believes newspapers will continue to be necessary in the future for obtaining information and acquiring knowledge.

That significant percentage shows just how important newspapers continue to be in Japan, and how important they will be in the future as well.

The survey was conducted right before the annual Newspaper Week, which in Japan marked its 68th year from Oct. 14 to 21. Ironically, one might say, Newspaper Week gets much less press than it deserves.