Japanese newspapers explained

Why do Japanese English language newspapers have editorials on things that the foreign readers are not interested in/ can have no influence on due to being unable to vote etc?

Although a majority of readers are actually Japanese wanting to practice their English and/ or get another angle on the news, the main explanation more depends on why such English language newspapers were set up in the first place. As the number of copies sold can only ever be a couple of percent of the top Japanese language titles (some of the biggest selling newspapers in the world), market share and profit are obviously not the main reasons. The main motivation is to send a particular picture of Japan out to the rest of the world, which usually means both putting pressure on the government by giving them the idea that the rest of the world cares about what they are doing (gai-atsu- outside pressure- being a classic way of forcing a Japanese government to make changes because “they had no choice”) and trying to educate the rest of the world with their picture of Japan.

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