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Japan submerged by the wave of “zines”, or the revenge of paper


They even appeal to the younger generation, who are nevertheless raised on digital technology: “zines”, small publications devoted to all types of subjects, are currently all the rage (in Japan). The authors express all their singularity, as much through the themes addressed and the modes of expression chosen as, for example, through the nature and quality of the paper. To the point of arousing vocations and expanding a real “community”, as they are honored at events and by large bookstores.

There are several theories about the origin of the word “zine” (as written in Japanese). But it is generally considered to come from the (foreign) words “magazine” or “fanzine”. these small magazines bringing together communities of fans. In Japan, this type of publication is also called dojinshi, minikomishi Or little press (in English in the text).

More and more events are dedicated to them. On February 3rd, the second edition of Zine Fest Saitama was held, bringing together around fifty exhibitors at the Urawa Parco shopping center in the city of Saitama (north of Tokyo). The zines presented cover a wide variety of subjects – for example hot dogs or coffee. And they take on equally varied forms.

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Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Tokyo)

The “Japan Economic Journal” is undoubtedly the most important economic daily in the world by its circulation. The quality of its articles is well worth that of the Wall Street Journal or Financial Times.

THE Nihon Keizai Shimbun is the founder of the Nikkei group – known for its stock market index – of which it is the main publication. Since its publication in 1876, the daily has specialized in the field of business. A century later, it has established itself as the newspaper of Japanese business executives. With its 1,300 journalists and 90 offices (including 32 overseas), it excels in analyzing not only economic life, but also political life. Its editorials do not hesitate to criticize the conservative government and business leaders when it judges that liberalism is under threat.

The Nikkei group is an old hand in online services. Long before the advent of the Internet era, it offered many services to anyone with a modem. Today, only editorials and a few factual articles are taken from the paper edition. The daily prefers to offer free content built around thematic files and studies carried out by the various branches of the group. An English version of the content is available, but access is paid.

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