I present the Anti-Japologist

Japan Times posts more “news” where the writer does a reverse Japologism – both in content and quality (ie low), it must be said – on a magazine that asked a bunch of foreigners to write something nice about Japan.

“Japanese women are free to be full-time housewives.” “Free” to be, or pressured to be? It depends on how you look at it.

You could say the same thing about Western women being “free” to have a career, when quite often, it seems to me, much of their salary ends up paying for daycare.

Anyway, this got me thinking. I remember a few years ago there was a rumour going around about how the paper was in Soka Gakkai hands, but now it is quite firmly in the strident left-wing camp, or at least its hard left writers get free rein to vent. However, who does that viewpoint serve? I remember the statistic that half their readers are Japanese learning English, who I suspect aren’t too impressed by the editorial team, and a good percentage of the remainder must be tourists getting a free newspaper from their hotel, leaving just a small fraction who are of the same opinion that Japan Is A Nazi Gulag. However, much of that camp has already decamped to foreign climes, so perhaps it is losing significant circulation? Can anyone get hold of the ABC sales figures?

And on a tangent, why isn’t there a JT For Men?

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  1. This is really poor. They’ve redefined “journalist reproduces old column undeclared” as “replication of some language”. Making it sound like an oversight is lame. This wasn’t a journalist reiterating a long held view, it was someone more or less cutting and pasting a piece of speculative work he’d already been paid for.

    The rubbish use of corruption stats is still there.


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