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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?

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:





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.


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.


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.


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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