Monday, 12 April 2010

Righteous indignation put back in the box

Maybe Our Man spoke too soon. It's just possible that the Reuters boss is getting stuff done behind the scenes. Certainly, seeing the Japanese Prime Minister on TV pushing for an investigation into the killing of cameraman Hiro Muramoto is a pretty good start at a stab at some kind of justice. (NB - don't let your allergic reaction to authority get the better of you every time - ed.)

Righteous indignation duly sheathed.

3 comments:

Justin said...

Damn. A Japanese photographer was also killed the last time there was an uprising in Myanmar, I believe. Yep: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenji_Nagai

Roberto said...

I immediately thought of Nagai Kenji as well.

It's interesting to contrast the courage of Japanese correspondents overseas with the nearly complete lack of interest by the Japanese media in foreign affairs (and it's no coincidence, I'm sure, that both Nagai and Muramoto worked for non-Japanese agencies).

Another interesting question is whether or not Nagai and Muramoto died because, with their Asian faces, perhaps they are not as easily identifiable as foreign media. [That's one we'll never know the answer to ...]

Our Man in Abiko said...

Our Man always dreamed of being a foreign correspondent, and kind of did it on the cheap by working in small town papers in the States -ambulance chasing and obit writing - and for the Daily Gomiuri here.

Though for the Gomiuri he was only allowed out for brass band concerts and book reviews and the like. So, he doffs his hat to folk who willingly go into harm's way.

Given the chance, Our Man would have been there too, though now he is older (although no wiser) he'd settle for filing reports from the hotel bar.

As for a lack of interest in foreign news, methinks that is a disease not specific to Japan. Can't remember how many headlines Our Man has read (and written, ahem) along lines of "Plane disaster: 2 Britons hurt; 300 Johnny foreigners dead."