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A 47-year-old American man identified as Lerma Michael Anthony, of Honolulu, HI, was arrested Thursday (24th July) on suspicion of molesting a 8-year-old Japanese elementary school girl in the AEON Narita Shopping Center in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

His modus operandi was very similar to the stories of the WaiWai column, for instance, 'Schoolgirls sniff gold in pantie crackdown (June 19, 2004)'.
NTT DOCOMO, Inc. announced a new content partnership with Nippon Television Network (NTV) for its 'i-channel', a news and information service for FOMA handsets, on Thursday, July 24th. NTV will start to provide news contents to the i-channel service in August 1st.
41 words used as meta tags for search engines on MDN site
Words designated by foreign staff member; superiors were unaware

On every page of the Mainichi Daily News site, there were 41 keywords used as "meta tags," which were embedded into pages to make it easier for them to be picked up by search engines. Among these keywords were the words "hentai," "geisha," and "japanese girls."


Here is a list of keywords tags that had been used on every page of the Mainichi Daily News site from October, 2007 through June, 2008.

  • meta name="keywords" content="japan news,mainichi,mainichi daily news,mainichi daily,daily mainichi,mdn,mainichi shimbun,shimbun,news,nikkei,yen,asia,asian,asians,japan,tokyo,japanese,osaka,japanese dictionary,nippon,japanese names,nihon,japan airlines,kanji,japanese translation,kyoto,japanese girls,geisha,japanese english dictionary,samurai,japanese symbols,ninja,haiku,waiwai,wai wai,wa,anime,animation,hentai,manga,comic,j-pop"


Evidence #1) http://www8.atwiki.jp/mainichi-matome/archive/20080624/f8a0cb9b814a16dad684e8b3d62122f7


The Mainichi Daily News site had been pretending to be rival newspapers such as the Asahi Shimbun and the Yomiuri Shimbun for at least about 4 years.
But the newspaper tries very hard to suppress this dreadful fact.


  • meta name="keywords" content="Japan,Japan news,Tokyo news,Japanese yen,yen,Nikkei,haiku,wai wai,Japan weeklies,Japan scandal,Japan tabloid,Japan crime,Japan sex,Japan schoolgirl,bizzare,bizzare Japan,Asahi,Yomiuri,Japan Times,Japan today"


Evidence #2: http://web.archive.org/web/20010917013536/http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/
Evidence #3: http://web.archive.org/web/20050703083508/http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/
Ryann Connell's still been scoffing at Women, Japanese people and culture
"This article is reproduced from the discontinued, but much loved Mainichi Waiwai column by Ryann Connell. Read more about this at the bottom of this article." appears on Japan Stippy.

You'd see heaps of the articles of the Mainichi Newspapers' WaiWai column on some websites (*1, 2 ,3, 4) with headlines like 'Virtual Nampa - Online Dating', 'More mums going down, to ensure grades go up!' and so on. Most of the articles were reportedly funneled by Ryann Connell and/or Masuo Kamiyama.

No one wants a feigned apology from the Mainichi Newspapers. All the Mainichi Newspapers have to do is to clear up the mess perverted journalists has made.


*1) WaiWai Archive (http://www.mainichiwaiwai.com/)
*2) Japan Stippy (http://www.stippy.com/category/japan-waiwai-archives/)
*3) Japan Reference (http://www.jref.com/forum/archive/index.php/f-46.html)
*4) The Black Ship (http://www.theblackship.com/forum/japan-tabloid-news/)
Comments from Members of the Open Newspaper Committee
What is the Open Newspaper Committee?
The Open Newspaper Committee of the Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. is responsible for the following three tasks: 1) to express its views on the company's response to any complaints or opinions it receives with regard to human rights and announce them to readers; 2) to express opinions if it finds any problems involving the Mainichi's news coverage; and 3) to propose ways in which the company should improve its news coverage.

The committee is made up of four members: writer Kunio Yanagida, freelance journalist Akira Tamaki, Sophia University Professor Yasuhiko Tajima and non-fiction writer Michiko Yoshinaga.
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July 20, 2008
Two more punished following in-house investigation
On June 27, the Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. punished four people, including President Yutaka Asahina (who was ordered to return 10 percent of his directors compensation for one month) and Director Atsushi Hasegawa (who was ordered to return 20 percent of his directors compensation for one month), in addition to the writer in charge of the WaiWai column.
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20/Jul/08 - No journalism
July 20, 2008
Analysis of the investigative team
Contributing factors found to be complex

The special team charged with investigating the matter has pointed to the following factors:
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July 20, 2008
Chronology of problems with English-language site
Inappropriate articles translated from magazines

The WaiWai column on the MDN Web site was, as a rule, updated daily between April 2001 and June 2008 and carried a total of 2,561 articles. An additional 346 articles were uploaded onto a related section called "The Face," bringing the total number of similarly translated articles to 2,907.
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July 20, 2008
Investigation of problems with English site
Results of in-house investigation into WaiWai column

The Mainichi Newspapers has been conducting an in-house investigation into the problem of inappropriate articles being carried in the WaiWai section of the Mainichi Daily News website. The following are the results of this investigation, the analysis of the results conducted by a special task force, and comments from members of the Open Newspaper Committee of outside experts.
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July 20, 2008
The Mainichi Shimbun pledges to learn from its serious errors
Strengthening the checking system to prevent a recurrence

It was impermissible as a news organization that the Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. continuously posted inappropriate articles in the WaiWai column of the Mainichi Daily News (MDN), its English site.

The articles had inappropriate content that should not have been dispatched in Japan or to the world, such as incorrect information about Japan and indecent sexual topics. We apologize deeply for making many people feel uncomfortable, damaging many people's reputations, causing great trouble and at the same time, betraying the public's trust in the Mainichi Shimbun. We are deeply sorry.
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July 20, 2008
Mainichi Daily News to start over again
Report on developments and apology

The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. continued to post extremely inappropriate articles in the WaiWai column of the Mainichi Daily News (MDN), its English Web site. We have reported the results of an in-house investigation into the case on Pages 22 and 23 of the July 20 morning edition of the Mainichi Shimbun.

We continued to post articles that contained incorrect information about Japan and indecent sexual content. These articles, many of which were not checked, should not have been dispatched to Japan or the world. We apologize deeply for causing many people trouble and for betraying the public's trust in the Mainichi Shimbun.
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Keep Children Away From WaiWai Gaijin
WaiWai had been one of the worst hotbeds of perverts and molesters on the Internet for nine years since 1998. All the readers of the hotbed were either 'hentai (perverts)' or potential sex offenders!



Ryann Connell, the 29-year-old Mainichi Daily News' WaiWai staff writer who destroyed his career has deliberately dug up outright fictions from obscene tabloid magazines and embellished them to make them more suggestive and keep his column popular with his fans. His salacious and bizarre columns vividly reflected not only his prejudice against women but also the character of them.
  • Get wet and go wild: housewife rakes in extra loot at the neighborhood body wash
  • Ladies loose-lipped on sex, but masturbation gets diddly squat
  • Teachers come not-so-clean on their sexy moonlighting jobs
  • Picky princesses pass on putrid peckers
  • Pleasures of peering at plummeting pink petals provoke primal passions

Judging from their favorite columns on WaiWai and comments that they made on Readers' Forum, it seemed as if they were either perverts or potential sex offenders or else they had trauma of some sort in their backgrouds.

To be continued.
A collection of protest handbills against Mainichi Newspapers' sexism. English versions of some of them to follow soon...



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Sexist Column Scandal
Huge waves of criticism of the Mainichi Newspapers' English language website for its sexist columns continue to surge high, even after its apology, punitive measures and closing. A great number of not only Japanese but also rational non-Japanese people demand an open investigation and apologies from the Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. and Mainichi Daily News staff writer in charge.


One of protest handbills against Mainichi Newspapers' sexism

Mainichi Shimbun:
The Mainichi Shimbun is one of the largest newspapers in Japan, published by the Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd., and has about 80 associated companies, including TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting Station), MBS (Mainichi Broadcasting Station) and the Sports Nippon Newspaper.

Mainichi Daily News:
The Mainichi Daily News is an English language website operated by the Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd.

The headlines of the sexist columns on the Mainichi Daily News' WaiWai:
  • More moms going down, to ensure grades go up!
  • Female Sexuality Evolving So Fast, Guys Can't Keep It Up
  • The Cook, the Beast, the Vice and its Lover - Roppongi's bestiality restaurant
  • Booze and flattery: The dark art of getting her to give it up on a first date
  • Fast food sends schoolgirls into sexual feeding frenzy

Astonishingly, these adult-oriented fictions were published in the non-age-restricted website.

More details about the WaiWai affair to follow soon.
June 28, 2008
Punitive measures over Mainichi Daily News WaiWai column announced
The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. on Friday responded to the publishing of inappropriate articles on the Mainichi Daily News WaiWai column, issuing three months' disciplinary leave to the Mainichi Daily News staff writer in charge of the column.
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