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Letter to the Editor and Reply

Date Posted: 2000-04-08

This is a response to two things: 1. "They Call me black"This is racially sensitive 2. "Whats going on here, rude GI's?"This story should never even see print in its form, it is rude in itself, certainly not news, and the accusations made here...(one example)"This particular evening, there were some VERY drunk GI's there (I'll give you 3 guesses which branch or service they were from) "offend some of us who are working hard to be good represenatives of the United States really dont appreciate comments like these.One last comment to you the staff at "Japan Update". I, and many people I know, talk every now and again about what a joke your paper is. It is not a "News-Paper", it would probably more likely fall under the tabloid category due to the lack of discretion given in articles and editorials you publish. I have read things that anger me, sensitive issues, bias opinions on a wide assortment of subjects, and the list goes on and on.Your promotional slogan is "Okinawa, Japan's most popular English Newspaper"Newspaper.....I get hardly any unbiased news from you, so how could it be a Newspaper.One more thing, you dont sell a lot of papers because you are the best Newspaper on Island, its because your one of the only non-military English papers on the island.And remember, you can delete this email easily, but one fact of the matter remains, it wont change what alot of us think week to week about your paper when we go looking for the Local News.Just a local opinion, respectfully submitted.

Think about it.

New Editor's note: I have thought about it and you have some good points. Japan Update doesn't @and an over emphasis on any racial group in the paper and from this issue we@are aiming for a better balance. The rude G.I. story is an example of over-reporting on military matters, which we believe those on base don't want to read. We're going to try, from now on, to bring you news about what is going on outside the military. You have Stars and Stripes, Shogun, Okinawa Marine and other forums for on-base news, arrivals of warships, complaints about PX, shopping etc. The new Japan Update will be concentrate on off-base activities, local news, some important international events and anything we find provocative, entertaining, and informative that we think you'd like to read. Steve Carr

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