A Public Betrayed: An Inside Look at Japanese Media Atrocities and Their Warnings to the West

Front Cover
Regnery Publishing, Jul 1, 2004 - Political Science - 444 pages
4 Reviews
Exposes deceptions, lies, and abuses of power in Japan that have led to such profound degrees of misunderstanding, confusion, and suffering that they have inspired the phrase "media atrocities." Key examples include: vilifying innocent victims of terrorist attacks; denying the Holocaust and supporting anti-Semitism; smearing a prominent Buddhist leader; whitewashing and denying one of history's worst war crimes, the Nanjing Massacre; and defaming Second World War Japanese military sex slaves or "comfort women." This book lays bare the mechanisms and motivations behind these sobering abuses. And, as the examples show, the very factors that have contributed to such injustices in Japan have become increasingly predominant in the news-media sectors of the West--factors such as extreme industry consolidation, the growth of nationalism, intense commercialism, and the erosion of media ethics. The lessons for the rest of the free world could be neither more profound nor more relevant.--From publisher description.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: A Public Betrayed: An Inside Look at Japanese Media Atrocities and Their Warnings to the West

User Review  - Katja - Goodreads

Great content, horrible writing. Read full review

Review: A Public Betrayed: An Inside Look at Japanese Media Atrocities and Their Warnings to the West

User Review  - Daniel Simmons - Goodreads

Good topic, lousy writing. Especially galling is its constant and shameless use of other, better, subtler authorities and texts to try and support its ham handed points. I'd really rather read those other, better, subtler authorities and texts, thanks very much. Read full review

Contents

The Japanese System of Governance
1
Japans Corrupt News Media
33
Japanese Weekly Newsmagazines
67
Terrorizing Victims of Terrorism
121
AntiSemitism in a Country without Jews
165
Smearing a Buddhist Leader
211
Whitewashing the Nanjing Massacre and Attacking a Genuine Journalist
253
Attacking Former Sex Slaves A Second Rape
303
Appendix A
373
Appendix B
377
Appendix C
393
Appendix D
395
Appendix E
397
Notes
399
Selected Bibliography
421
Index
429

The Sun Also Rises
347
Acknowledgments
369

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2004)

Takesato Watanabe is a professor of media ethics at Doshisha University in Kyoto.

Bibliographic information