A weekly post from 30.May-6.June


Since over a month, I could spend a whole week in Yokohama instead of traveling somewhere else. However I realized that I lost something in my skill: how to find interesting books in the library, how to spend 1 hour every morning for my self time-investment.

"Media coverage hides the truth, but media coverage is deceived too", Tomokazu Kobayashi

What you believe as fact may not be true in real. This is what I realized again in the first chapter of this book. We, at least in Japan, have never been taught at school that newspapers do not always give correct information. Newspaper articles can be composed with wrong information by mistake or intentionally.

I am sure that I’ve found an interesting book!

"Media coverage hides the truth, but media coverage is deceived too", Tomokazu Kobayashi

I chose to read this book because I’ve been recently disputing the legitimacy of the media coverage in Japan. I think I’ve picked out an appropriate book for this topic. 9.11 and 3.11.
In Chapter 4, the author introduces a story how American higher responsible people requested for media coverage what kind of topics are preferred and should not be reported. What happened at that time is really the same as we are facing now: No topic which make people frightened. You can imagine how huge is dust from a 100 million tons of a collapsing building, simply a lot. The substances of the dust were harm enough to kill some of the constructing workers there few months after the disaster. However most of the newspapers did not report it much at first, only one of newspaper "DailyPost" regularly wrote articles about it but it was heavily complained by the New York city governance people who had worries that the land price there would decrease.


It’s 6:30 now on Monday, I will quickly summarize what I investigated during this weekend about "Kisha-club".


A kisha club (記者クラブ kisha kurabu?), or "reporters’ club", from the Japanese word kisha (記者?), meaning reporter, is a Japanese news-gathering association of reporters from specific news organizations, whose reporting centers on a press room set up by sources such as the Prime Minister’s official residence …
(Source: Wikipedia)

Japan’s press is private and independent, but the presence of press clubs, or kisha kurabu, is an obstacle to press freedom. Press clubs ensure homogeneity of news coverage by fostering close relationships between the major media and bureaucrats and politicians. Government officials often give club members exclusive access to political information, leading journalists to avoid writing critical stories about the government and reducing the media’s ability to pressure politicians for greater transparency and accountability. Reporters outside the press club system conduct most of Japan’s investigative journalism. Internet access is not restricted.
(Source: Freedom House)

If you want to cover national politic news, basically you need to join this association. But if you are not from a major newspaper firm, your request will be surely requested by present members. They will decide who can be enrolled in the association. As a consequence, the topics do not vary much. Basically, foreign media firms are not associated in the group so how they get the information is explicit: from Japanese newspapers in English.

I would say the exclusive right to cover news limits the free journal right and also constrain readers to see facts from different views. However I would like to evaluate DPJ to some extent that they are gradually (slowly) removing the walls for free journalists.

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