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,asi
an,asians,japan,tokyo,japanese,osaka,jap anese 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,comi c,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/