Source: The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 17 | Issue 3 | Number 1 | Feb 01, 2019
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Reinventing the Japan Times:
How Japan’s oldest Englishlanguage newspaper tacked right
On November 30th, 2018 The Japan Times waded into the interminable controversy over Japan’s wartime misdeeds with a small editor’s note tacked onto the end of a story about conscript labor. The previous day, South Korea’s Supreme Court had ruled that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries should compensate Korean forced laborers. That followed a similar ruling against Nippon Steel in October. With another dozen lawsuits pending against about 70 Japanese companies, Japan’s most venerable English-language newspaper appeared to question whether these laborers were actually forced to work at all.