Japanese Journalists and Their World

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Japanese Journalists and Their World

By Young C. Kim
University Press of Virginia, 1981
240 pp.

A pioneering study of an important subject. Japanese government officials, interviewed by the author, charge the Japanese press with lack of objectivity, partial and unfair reporting, a dearth of facts, a tendency to concentrate on stories that embarrass the government, an abundance of speculation, and a strong anti-American bias. The sense of dissatisfaction was especially marked among Japanese Foreign Ministry officials. There are also interviews with reporters and other staff from the four major daily newspapers, an examination of the influence of labor unions on editorial policy, a detailed description of how the newspapers actually operate, the use of politicians as news sources, and more.

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