Forbes today posted quite a rant by Eamonn Fingleton with the click-bait title of “What’s Japan’s Guiltiest Secret?: (Hint) It’s Not The Comfort Women” and contents that wouldn’t look out of place on Japan Focus, in which he says:
As a practical matter, Tokyo wields a panoply of carrots and sticks in controlling what Japan-based foreigners say to the outside world and most long-term foreign residents are overt or covert agents for Japan’s public relations agenda.
Where’s my carrot? If there’s money or privilege to be had, I’ll turn my Japologising up to eleven, no questions asked. Used notes in brown paper bags will suffice, thank you very much.
There’s also a line that cuts quite close to the bone:
What is clear is that as most American and British correspondents in Tokyo don’t read Japanese, the Japan Times is the unstated source of many of their reports.
Did he also get an article rejected by the paper? There must be a juicy back-story to this rant!