Paper Corrects but Nobody Is the Wiser
I was glad to see that the Japan Times recently fixed what amounted to a minor error* in one of its stories. I only wish it had noted the correction at the bottom of the article like it's done in the past (as with the April 6, 2013 wire story, "Whale Institute Still Justifying Lethal Research"). Anything less just seems kind of sneaky and detracts from the credibility of a much needed perspective on a very important issue while casting a dark shadow on the reporting practices of the paper as a whole.
*Originally the article stated that when police questioned a subject of the story about "his nationality, he mentioned his dual citizenship. Unfortunately, he carried no proof of that." The article (recorded as being modified on September 24, 2014) now reads: "When asked for his passport, he said he didn’t have it on him. At this point, he would no doubt have tried to explain his dual citizenship ― something the police claim they only confirmed much later through an interpreter."