Our Man likes newspapers. They have given him a living in the United States, United Kingdom and lil' ol' Japan too. The very good ones (Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Independent, Financial Times, Washington Post, in his humble opinion) are great reads. And the ones that aren't so good are useful for litter trays for the cat and papier mache projects with the kids. So, it's with a heavy heart he hears of the near death experience of some genuinely great papers (Who will mourn local newspapers? - many thanks to Dr Datsun Kildare for the link). He can't quite join in the spirit of Jon Stewart... but he has hope that while most newspapers may die, journalism will not. Step up the virtual Tom Paines of this world. We need you now.
P.S. See this great link from Mutant Frog Travelogue On The Media on Kisha-clubs which explains the Japanese press lobby system and why the newspapers here are so dull and the weeklies so important.