Tuesday, 26 March 2013
JAPAN TIMES, THEY ARE A CHANGING
Some pretty big news in the English language Japanese print world, if there is still much of that left. The New York Times is going to be published with the Japan Times. This is pretty awesome news for the bunker, which still subscribes to the print Japan Times, only now we'll get some stuff written for an international audience, edited in Paris and London and Kita Kashiwa or somewhere, er, oh… it's the old International Herald Tribune.
So it will be as dull as AP, but more long-winded.
But wait, as a Japan Times print subscriber, I'll get free access to the New York Times paywalled content (you do anyway - that's what Twitter links are for - ed.) so I can read all those features on John Updike's geniusness and Jonathan Franzen's inability to set a video timer, and travel features for drones and, er, lifestyle pieces about Japanese using fax machines and stuff, er, that Hiroko Tabuchi already tweets on Twitter anyway. Hmmm.
Well, no matter, it will ensure the survival of two great papers, while maintaining the independence of both. Like when the IHT tied up with the Asahi Evening News. That worked out well for both, er now defunct papers, eh readers?
Anyway, the two will be delivered in two sections Monday to Saturday and my spies tell me the Sunday edition will be Japan Times only and a tabloid to boot (It's the JT wot won the war, eh readers?)
Well, since I like the JT and the NYT (and Hiroko Tabuchi) I'm pleased as punch. I can't help wondering though if the JT will get the shittier end of the stick. How will Debito fare being in such close proximity to decent writers? The Japan Times is already down to one edition a day, joining forces with the Grey Lady and going tabloid are probably the last rolls of the dice before it's digital only, and then, well… let's not go there.
Did Our Man ever tell you his NYT story?