With less than 24 hours to go until Moritomo Gakuen school principal Yasunori Kagoike appears as special witness before the Japanese Diet, Japanese media is waiting breathlessly to report the resulting brouhaha and political fallout. Then again it could all turn out to be an early April Fools.
The New York Times reporting from Tokyo is dismal as usual, reporting only what NYT Japan operator Asahi Shimbun wants written, calling everybody Asahi doesn’t like ‘far right’, ‘ultra right’, ‘nationalist’, etc. Most of the English language reporting out of Tokyo these days is, unfortunately, the same.
Much more fun, fascinating and spot on are the tweets from the mysterious, elusive and super globally connected Nekokumi-cho. A former top financial officer of the Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza, Nekokumi-cho knows how the Japanese political, business and media worlds are hard-wired and has a firm finger on the pulse of Japanese current events.
If you want to know what’s really going on in Japan, read @nekokumicho