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Foreign Media and the Japan Earthquake/Tsunami

I have been following both the Japanese and Foreign media (particularly the western media) coverage of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami and I noticed a stark difference in their angle of coverage with regard to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.  While the Japanese media have been circumspect and toned down, the western media seems to think that the danger is greater than it really is.  Which one is correct, we will know eventually, but for some foreigners in youtube have gone out to plead with foreign media to fix their reporting and explain as well the reality in Japan that has not been coming through their coverage.  Here are some:

 

Richard of GenkiEnglish blogs about the irresponsible actions of western media covering the disaster here (I also recommend reading the informative repy of Terry), and Brendan of Dubliner in Japan offers a personal perspective of the events that transpired at the onset of the earthquake and notes of the growing irritation among foreigners at the foreign coverage of the earthquake and tsunami here.

Meanwhile, here is how people are reacting in the US:

 

For the Japanese perspective of the crisis, you can watch NHK World English in its ustream page here:

One Commnet on “Foreign Media and the Japan Earthquake/Tsunami

  1. Thanks for this!! It's about time people started tuning into to what the local news channels are telling us instead of responding to this secondary tsunami of media overkill from overseas. I have placed a link to your post on my own blog (hope you don't mind!) in an effort to help tamp down the hyperbole. Best wishes, Brendan.

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