On June 21, the Mainichi Daily News was forced to discontinue its infamous WaiWai column after attracting criticism for “being too vulgar and debauching Japan by sending around the world information that could be misunderstood,” according to the news site’s apology.
It also mentions that an “online news site reported on these developments and made inquiries to the Mainichi Newspapers about them.” Although it remains unclear exactly which news site it is referring to, it is thought to be 2Channel, a Japanese Internet forum which is one of the largest in the world.
There is a huge amount of criticism leveled at the Mainichi WaiWai, stating that certain stories (such as ‘More mums going down, to ensure grades go up’) breeds racism against Japanese women and promotes a hentai opinion of Japan.
The forum called for the community to take action by:
1. Letting the Japanese population know about WaiWai by posting it on 2Channel and other blogs
2. Phoning, emailing and using inquiry forms to protest against WaiWai to the Mainichi Shimbun and their sponsors
3. Asking for other media to pick up on stories regarding the Mainichi’s current situation
A French blog, La Riviere Aux Canards, attributes its closure to the nationalists, calling the newspaper “The Bainichi Shimbun—the newspaper that sells Japan.” There is also a Japanese blog called Itai News (literally translated as ‘Painful News’) that criticizes WaiWai for its unpatriotic views and seedy views it projects to the outside world.
According to the Mainichi apology, the head of the Digital Media Division, which is responsible for the operation of the Mainichi.jp website as well as the Mainichi English site, will be “severely punished,” along with the manager and the editor involved in the stories.
In a panic, Mainichi are also trying to withdraw all problematic articles from their archives, as well as asking search engines to prevent WaiWai stories from being displayed.
However, here are a few that are still remaining:
More mums going down, to ensure grades go up:
Bestiality restaurant hams it up:
Just between us girls -- the secret slang splurted in the ejaculation industry:
For a further detailed explanation about the termination from the Mainichi site, visit:
La Riviere Aux Canards blog (French):
Itai News (Japanese):
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