You might have read the news that the Japan Times has entered into an agreement with the New York Times to publish an international edition of the NYT (the International Herald-Tribune rebranded) as, if one takes the article at face value, a stand-alone supplement for the current JT contents.
It sounds as if the price is going up, and I wonder if there will be redundancies amongst the full-time staff? I’ve certainly noticed in the last year in particular many of the writers straying from intellectual leftie-ism (Guardian-esque) to tabloid-style reporting where the writers’ opinions get in the way of the news, which even before this deal appeared I put down to end-of-term excitement due to some impending shrinking of the business. Another interesting point is that the NYT is famous for its paywall – will the JT also disappear behind one? What will happen to the Historical Record™? I’ve noticed that since the move to WordPress as a CMS, all old stories have "been removed from the main website and buried within a new link", as someone once said.
Japan Today already has the market covered in internet-based Japan wire service collation plus a few commissioned articles from semi-coherent writers, so what does the future hold for the Japan Times writers?