Hello. I just want to make a brief post to the individual who has been sending comments in, anonymously, that they wish to have me include in the blog post from last week.
Your comments are there, they just aren’t approved. The reason they aren’t approved yet is that some of what you are saying involves the recent flamewar of Chris Johnson versus his constant critics Eido Inoue (Adrian Havill) and Ken Yasumoto-Nicolson. Although you are making reference to a prior back-and-forth between Mr. Johnson and novelist Jake Adelstein (alternatively, journalist Jake Adelstein), you are making reference to some blacklist out there, of Tokyo based journalists.
My approach to these comments is that I want to know more about this blacklist. Particularly, your comments suggest that you know who is on the Tokyo reporter blacklist, and who controls it.
To me, I don’t want to just approve comments about blacklists and who in Tokyo can or cannot be crossed, without more information. I am sure that you appreciate my position on both the flamewar/blamewar and wanting to have the missing pieces filled in.
A bit also about the Asia Times piece that appeared around March 15, online. It has been remarked in an other forum by someone who stalks Debito Arudou’s Facebook site, that I had mentioned that there were parts attributed to me, that in fact (if you read my website daily), would clearly have been my talking about something that Mr. Johnson had already reported about. And apparently, in this Asia Times piece, this is presented as if I had originally said the thing, and then, now, Christopher Johnson is reporting what I said. In fact, which should be clear, it is Christopher Johnson having reported something, that I commented about, where, next, it appears in Asia Times as if I am the original sayer.
It’s not clear why the piece was presented that way (whether it was reporter Johnson or the editor at Asia Times cutting the submission down to fit a word limit).
I still do think that the gist of Mr. Johnson’s reporting, which is the result of his sitting on these featured websites and figuring out the patterns to the various sock puppetry that goes on there, is fairly convincing. It is very hard to get direct evidence on internet torts, particularly where the people are using anonymizing techniques like Tor. You are only going to get circumstantial evidence.
If I have more to include about Asia Times, I will do that at some later point. Again, it’s something where it takes time to review, and I have a budget on that.
Please respect my rules for how I run my own website, and respect the fact that I do not want to participate in flamewars. If you are so insistent on real-time communication, I’m afraid I can’t accommodate you.