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In 2008, the Japanese media ranked 29th in press freedom, just behind Australia. Iceland, Luxembourg, and Norway tied for first place (most free).
The US came in 36th, the UK 23rd.
Eritrea was the most repressive country on earth towards its media, at 173rd dead last and one spot behind North Korea.
Source: Reporters Without Borders
45% of Japanese recently polled have read Haruki Murakami. Of those, 51% "liked" his writing.
A breakdown of the reasons for not liking Murakami were "Other" (28%), "I was disgusted by Norwegian Wood" (24%), "his stories are difficult to understand" (23%), "too popular" (7%), etc.
For those who do like Murakami, the following reasons were given: "many metaphorical sentences" (22%), "fantastic, magical stories" (22%).
Source: Asahi Shinbun
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