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Bug #39800 open:under discussion

Paper Corrects but Nobody Is the Wiser

This bug appeared in a news report published by The Japan Times on Sep 24, 2014. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Other

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."


JT Cassidy has contacted The Japan Times

Bug History

Oct 03, 2014 8:09 pm Open JT Cassidy
Oct 03, 2014 8:15 pm Open: Under Discussion JT Cassidy

Discussion Leave a comment


The paper could easily fix this by adding a correction note to the corrected article like it has done in the past.

Oct 03, 2014 8:15 pm

One reader pointed out a factual error in another really excellent article published in the Japan Times (http://disq.us/8khbz6). The paper fixed the mistake but, other than noting the date the article was updated, failed to inform readers of the error via a correction notice, etc.

Oct 12, 2014 10:34 pm