Japan Media Review Update: September 16, 2003
JMR Staff (Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California)
How the Japanese Press Became Lapdogs Instead of Watchdogs
When political scandal breaks out in Japan, the major papers are often the last to report it. Because their jobs -- and their job security -- are so closely tied to the government, reporters are likely to be co-opted by politicians. This article, "The Press in Japan: Job Security versus Journalistic Mission," originally appeared in the book "The Mission: Journalism, Ethics and the World," edited by Joseph B. Atkins, copyright 2002 Iowa State University Press. It is reprinted with permission. By Takehiko Nomura.
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EFA Web site launched in Japanese
From Japans Corporate News Network: NTT Communications Corporation is launching a premium broadband Web site with soccer content from UEFA (Union des Associations Europeennes de Football) in Japanese. The site will offer services like pay-per-view soccer matches, soccer news update, and in-depth feature articles. UEFA's international site is the largest soccer portal in Europe with 4 million hits per day. In January 2003, NTT Com started the joint project with UEFA by launching and operating the Japanese version of the free-access portion of the Web site. NTT Com also plans to create a soccer site that provides Web-related support for mobile portals such as i-mode. In the future, the company will look for solutions that will assist leading content providers abroad in enhancing their marketing strategies in Japan and other Asian countries. This will enable the company to provide more sophisticated content tailored to users' needs. (perma-link to this brief)
- Keiko Mori, Japan Media Review Staff Writer