Japan Times changes its site format. It looks more like a newspaper now.

Not sure I like what they did, but it isn’t bad, either. Here is an example.

The Japan Times is indispensable for getting the news out about Japan to an English-reading readership. They do a much better job than translated sites, and are more discerning than the large Japanese newspapers, who write for a Japanese audience with a particular political bent.

Some commenters believe that only the Japanese language papers can give you the “window on Japan”. Hardly. News reporting is its own thing. I would rather rely on reporters who have a record of bridging the gap between what is going on within Japan, and delivering it to readers in the consumer’s native tongue.