Junk Media in Tokyo
The members-only monthly quality magazine Facta February issue carried a report that the Tokyo bureaus of the overseas media are filled with the third class reporters.
Tokyo correspondents usually criticize the corrupt journalism in Japan as exemplified by the closed press club system withing the Japanese governments and big companies, but overseas media also became a kind of pigeons which lost the traditon of critical heritage against the dominant power and hegemony as was proved by the revealed cases of the Wikileaks.
The report cited a wrong artile reported by the Bloomberg written by a foreign reporter about the Nintendo's products targeted for the Christmas sales last year and brought turmoils of the up and downs of the prices of the Nintendo stocks.
A story that a writer for the New York Times get angry when the coffee vending machine was out of order at the headquarters of the Toyota motors company was introduced and it was told that she jotted down in her twitter that `Toyota suchs', an indecent and vulgar expression.
Much more corrupt foreign journalists in Tokyo are that some reporters involves the serious problems of the conflicts of interests.
Wall Street Journal Tokyo office employs two female writers who are married to the executives of the Morgan Stanley and there is a doubt that the reporters can be prejudiced at the outset.
In a symposium held in a spa-resort Hakone in the suburb of Tokyo last October, and a London based Economist reporter participated with a visiting card of Financial Business Coprrespondent, but the her father is a famous economist and she claimed that she was on the sabbatical but it was known that the reporter was fired from the company but being allowed to carry the business card of the Economist logo.
Financial Times is not also an exception and though it was ciritical of the Goldman Sachs but it was tamed by the massive advertisiment of book reviews involving the securities company. Former Tokyo bureau chief who wrote two best selling critical books on the indecent activities of the Fool's Gold seekers and bankrupcy of the Long term Credit Bank of Japan but sadly enough was kept her mouth shut and quiet.
The above is an outline of the magazine story and please check the precise expressions of the Facta magazine of its deliveries on the criticism of the drifting junk journalism in Tokyo.