• How exactly is the FCCJ different from the Overseas Press Club of America or the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand, neither of which are “anachronisms of occupation?” Those organizations conduct similar activities and have similar memberships to the FCCJ. I understand that Professor Kinmonth’s overarching thesis is that foreign journalists in Japan are all racist and thus critical coverage can be dismissed out of hand (a very convenient thesis for the LDP), but without comparing to these other organizations, this criticism of the FCCJ is not coherent.

  • Thank you, Professor Kinmonth.

    As a Japanese American whose father, grandparents, and other relatives were “interned” by the U.S. during WWII, I have an intense desire for “truth” and “justice.” My father and other relatives were U.S.-born, and thus should have been afforded the same protections as other U.S. citizens. But, they were not. They know firsthand the consequences of bias and prejudice. Skewed reporting, whether leaning left or right, can create misconceptions, potentially fomenting prejudice, fear, derision, hatred, and malfeasance, as happened to my kin.

    That a putative news organization like FCCJ would distort the Olympic logo in that way on a cover is disturbing in that it reveals a lack of self-awareness of its own responsibility of neutrality and respectfulness (i.e., not to mock). Had it been in a Comics or Op-Ed section, that would be different.

    If someone had placed on a news magazine cover a cartoon of a round face with slanty eyes, Fu Manchu beard, and Mandarin hat, and added “spikes” reminiscent of SARS-CoV-2 surface proteins around it, I think most news organizations would decry it.

    Just as Chinese people are not a virus, the Tokyo Olympics are not a virus. It should disquiet all ethical people that some FCCJ members and others fail to grasp the reason that the “satirical logo” is offensive.

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