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Porn Special at the Japan Times

I'm no prude, but I wonder what the Japan Times is thinking when they run two articles in the Sunday paper about porn actress awards and hostess clubs with porn stars. How are these "specials" or even relevant to a newspaper? Or is it that they miss the readership they used to get with the Tokyo Confidential column they ended not long ago?

Things That Drive Canadians Crazy

Jaw-dropping idiocy from Fox News assholes:

Tokyo Confidential: The Son of WaiWai

Now we know why The Japan Times pulled its Tokyo Confidential column last year--it apparently was taking a page out of the Waiwai playbook and selling stories it did not own:

ジャパンタイムズ、朝日・読売週刊誌から無断翻訳・掲載

2009年1月6日12時4分

英字紙ジャパンタイムズや講談社インターナショナルが、朝日、読売の両新聞社発行の週刊誌の記事を無断で翻訳、掲載していたことがわかった。両社は著作権侵害を認め、コラムを中止し、単行本の在庫を廃棄した。

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WaiWai From the Inside

A little bit more on the WaiWai scandal, this time from the inside.

Adam Richards from Mutant Frog Travelogue provides a translation of an article by Toshinao Sasaki posted in August at CNET Japan about the scandal that illustrates what went on inside the newspaper.

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Committee to Examine Dual Citizenship for Japanese

A recent article in the Sankei Shimbun notes that a committee has been set up by the LDP to review the Nationality Act with a view to amend Article 11 that states dual citizenship is unlawful.

The impetus for the committee comes not from a sudden burst of altruism, but from the fact that Nobel Prize winner Yoichiro Namba has American citizenship. (And that is embarrassing for Japan or denies it greatness somehow?)

WaiWai: Years of Copyright Violation

When the WaiWai scandal exploded on the internet, the Mainichi Daily News quickly pulled the column and its archives to the chagrin of many readers.

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More Comments on WaiWai

Maybe I'm beating a dead horse now, but an article in the Foreign Correspondent's Club of Japan's No.1 Shimbun [PDF] completely misses the point about why people have complained about the Mainichi running the WaiWai column.

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Comments on the End of WaiWai

I'll throw my hat into the ring about the end of the WaiWai column. Rather than a story of an Internet mob bullying a newspaper and its foreigner writer, WaiWai is an example of a massive failure in corporate governance.

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Announcer Breaks Neck on Live TV

Watch as Tetsushi Yanagida, a TV personality with TV Miyazaki, dives head first into a rice paddy and snaps his neck during a live broadcast. Ironically, he wasn't supposed to take part in the event. If his co-workers had joked around any longer, he may have drown in the mud.

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