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Lost In Translation

GaijinBiker at Riding Sun notes the different slant Newsweek puts in its international editions, especially the Japanese edition.

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LGF has the translated text of the Japanese cover. The headline says, "The Day America Died - The ideal of 'freedom' falls to the ground due to Bush continuing in office."


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Comments (39)

Who put our flag in a trash... (Below threshold)

Who put our flag in a trash can? That is an outrage!

It's about time to begin a ... (Below threshold)
TheEnigma:

It's about time to begin a BOYCOTT of newsweak advertisers.

Liberal bias? Nah!... (Below threshold)

Liberal bias?

Nah!

Oh would have guessed that ... (Below threshold)
frameone:

Oh would have guessed that hardcore nationalism involved so much whining.

Do we know how much editori... (Below threshold)

Do we know how much editorial involvement the American office had in this? Did they have *any*?

Hmmm."Oh would hav... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmm.

"Oh would have guessed that hardcore nationalism involved so much whining."

Who would have guessed so many lefties were absolute prats?

Well. Ok. It's not that hard of a guess.

Hmmm."Do we know h... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmm.

"Do we know how much editorial involvement the American office had in this? Did they have *any*?"

Short answer, to save time on reading all this following nonsense is that Newsweek is edited in NYC and then translated for each specific market.

So the answer is: They were, and are, the editors and are thus fully *responsible* for this swill.

Ask and Google shall deliver:
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Newsweek Nihon Ban, a Japanese-language newsweekly produced with TBS-Britannica, which translates and publishes the magazine.

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"Newsweek is written with a... (Below threshold)
frameone:

"Newsweek is written with a global perspective for a global audience."

Oh, gracious, what ever will we do? Winge, winge, whine, whine.

I now know more about Newsw... (Below threshold)
fatman:

I now know more about Newsweak than any one person has right to know. Does that mean they're going to have to kill me?

Hey, frameone -- siddown an... (Below threshold)

Hey, frameone -- siddown and watch Fox News a while, and then we'll see who whines.

Another way to look at this... (Below threshold)
robert:

Another way to look at this, of course, is that is reaffirms US centrality and importance. With all eyes on us, criticism follows like night after day. Like a sports star in NY, or LA.

Would we care all that much if a Japanese magazine, in the US, published a picture of a Japanese flag in the can?

Posted by: TheEnigma<... (Below threshold)
JEW:

Posted by: TheEnigma

It's about time to begin a BOYCOTT of newsweak advertisers.
...

Sorry, I can't bring myself to help you out with the boycott, because that means I'd have to buy one!

"Hey, frameone -- siddown a... (Below threshold)
frameone:

"Hey, frameone -- siddown and watch Fox News a while, and then we'll see who whines."

Hey you're right. Hannity, O'Reilly and the rest of the Fox News crib sure do whine and cry a lot. What a bunch of wet diaper babies. Boo hoo, the wibruhls call us names, whine, whine, they don't wike our weader's judges, sob, sob, brown people are kwossing our borders.

Please stick a bottle in 'em and shut 'em up.

"Another way to look at thi... (Below threshold)
deccles:

"Another way to look at this, of course, is that is reaffirms US centrality and importance. With all eyes on us, criticism follows like night after day. Like a sports star in NY, or LA."

"Would we care all that much if a Japanese magazine, in the US, published a picture of a Japanese flag in the can?"

THANK YOU :)

I found the Newsweek cover ... (Below threshold)
ForNow:

I found the Newsweek cover article by Andrew Moravcsik which Newsweek hid from American readers by omitting it from its US domestic edition but printing it in its International edition (January 31, 2005 issue) as “Dream On Americahttp://msnbc.msn.com/id/6857387/site/newsweek/ and in its Japanese edition as “The Day America Died.”

Moravcsik’s article quotes Bush’s inaugural and says his words in it represent a “delusional” America. I.e., Newsweek does indeed regard the November 2004 election as the day that America died.

It quotes (25 words) arch-moonbat George Monbiot: “George Monbiot, a British public intellectual, speaks for many when he says, ‘The American model has become an American nightmare rather than an American dream.’

Moravcsik’s article opines (53 words): Blinded by its own myth, America has grown incapable of recognizing its flaws. For there is much about the American Dream to fault. If the rest of the world has lost faith in the American model—political, economic, diplomatic—it’s partly for the very good reason that it doesn’t work as well anymore.

I sit just me or are Frameo... (Below threshold)

I sit just me or are Frameone's comments becoming more and more childish?

He's beginning to bore me. I mean really, what is he here for? What does he hope to accomplish? All he's done is confirm the suspicions of a fairly large group of people that he's a close minded, sophomoric individual. I always imagine him standing there like Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, pointing and screeching.

Thank you, Ed, for the full... (Below threshold)
BR:

Thank you, Ed, for the full data on Newsweek's editors and structure. So the Japanese edition was most definitely authorized/sourced at HQ.

"The Day America Died" - that was Newsweek's be-heading in their 2/2/05 Japanese fatwa edition, trashing the US all over Japan (in a sick parody of the famous Iwo">http://www.glennbeck.com/hots/10-01-01/iwo-jima.jpg">Iwo Jima flag photo from WW II) while issuing a different cover page for us to see at home (the Oscars).

To Newsweek: while I was out watering my garden in my bhurkasuit, I took strength from Gen. Boykin: My afterlife is better than your afterlife – I won't be floating around in a drug-deluded state looking for 72 virgins.

Eagle Eye Jones, in a comme... (Below threshold)
BR:

Eagle Eye Jones, in a comment at Rathergate's latest Newsweek thread, has created a very apt acronym: LMATT (Liberal Media Assistance to Terrorists).

I like the spelling "El-Matt."

"I sit just me or are Frame... (Below threshold)
frameone:

"I sit just me or are Frameone's comments becoming more and more childish?"

Yeah, probably. See here's the deal from my perspective. I'd rather listen to Rush Limbaugh than Al Franken because I really don't like to entertain only that side of the debate that I agree with. I like to mix it up. Same with commenting here. You guys and gals get riled real easy and you don't need me to do it. Take this whole Newsweek thread. It's like you just discovered that there's a world beyond America's borders that major corporations also happen to make money in. It's just shocking, shocking that Newsweek would run some articles in it's international edition and not its domestic edition. As if you'd be shocked, shocked that Brad Pitt does Coke commercials in Japan but not here. It's all the same kids, like it or not.

My favorite, however, is the guy above who accuses Newsweek of hiding the offending Moravcsik article from US readers but then links to it on Newsweek's website as if anyone here couldn't read Newsweek's international edition and search its articles any day of the week. "Oh my god they were hiding it right there on the Internets." How does one even begin to describe such paranoia?

And what has gotten everyone here in a huff about anyway? Basically you've all discovered that people in other countries view America differently than we do and Newsweek may be catering to those audiences in its various international and regional editions. Why? Because Newsweek needs subscribers and needs to make money. BUt far be it from me to put words in Newsweek's capitalist mouth.

Has anyone here actually bothered to read the full Moravcsik article? It's central thesis is exactly that: Poll after poll has shown a shift in world opinion about the US and how it handles itself. Indeed, Moravcsik that it isn't just opnion polls. He cites examples of how, for all our bluster, the US is actually losing real
influence in the world as more and more developing countries are turning to the Europe Union as an economic, social and political model. Then he dares to suggest that the US itself may bear some responsibility for the change in attitude. And you guys all go ballistic. Seriously, how childish can you get?

Oh wait. Here's BR:

"To Newsweek: while I was out watering my garden in my bhurkasuit, I took strength from Gen. Boykin: My afterlife is better than your afterlife – I won't be floating around in a drug-deluded state looking for 72 virgins."

WTF, from drooling nationalism to incoherent holy war in just a dozen or so comments. It's awesome to watch you guys at work.

Thanks for the comedick rel... (Below threshold)
Flushed:

Thanks for the comedick relief, Oh Framed One.

There's more to this than m... (Below threshold)
BR:

There's more to this than meets the eye. Newsweek not only reminded the Japanese about their defeat by the US in WWII, it plays right into the Al-Quaeda strategy to hit us economically:

A month after Newsweek's Japanese 2/2/05 edition, in March 2005, Japan, our largest "debt buyer" (Treasuries), instead SOLD Treasuries. (Japan has sold US Treasuries for 3 out of the past 5 months, not a good trend for the US, since Japan is by far our biggest "lender" - in the $600-$700 billion range. For comparison, China is 2nd in the $200 billion range.)

There's a simple bar chart (see the second graph) here, and a list of the US Treasury/Federal Reserve's "Major Foreign Holders of Treasury Securities," see second chart which includes up to March 2005 figures, here. The April figures are not out yet.

So, at a time when the US is living on credit like never before in history and its major "creditor" is already pulling back, Newsweek gave our current ally, the Japanese govt, further justification (no confidence in America's survival) for their financial decisions.

It's Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" - (Ch. 3) divide and rule - break up alliances by poisoning their international relations with lies - as applied by the El-Matt and Al-Quaeda.

"A month after Newsweek's J... (Below threshold)
frameone:

"A month after Newsweek's Japanese 2/2/05 edition, in March 2005, Japan, our largest "debt buyer" (Treasuries), instead SOLD Treasuries."

Yes BR, let's attribute this to a Newsweek essay and not to the fact that our beloved President has spent the last five months travelling around the country loudly referring to US Treasury Bonds as IOUs, as if they were just "pieces of paper in a filing cabinet" and not legal investment instruments backed by the full faith and credit of the United States.

Just stop and think a minute. What is more likely to shake foreign investors: An article in Newsweek that "reminds the Japanese about their defeat by the US in WWII" or the US President himself suggesting that US Treasury Bonds, long considered one of the safest investmen ts in the world, are merely IOUs?

One Newsweek editor not lis... (Below threshold)
BR:

One Newsweek editor not listed above is Editor of Newsweek International, Fareed Zakaria, also described here.

(Zakaria's 10/27/03 Newsweek fatwa demanding Gen. Boykin's firing is in my 5/19/05 comment at previous Newsweek thread at wizbang.)

"the enemy is the left-wing... (Below threshold)
frameone:

"the enemy is the left-wing news media"

I'm really sick of this kind of rhetoric. Okay dipshit, the left winfg media are the enemies of America. WTF are you going to do about except bitch, bitch, bitch.

Hm. I began Googling "Fare... (Below threshold)
BR:

Hm. I began Googling "Fareed Zakaria" when Newsweek's Flushgate began in May, just on a hunch, while looking for the hidden snakes in the grass behind Isikoff et al. Now I see Zakaria's name actually appears on the Jan/Feb Fatwas by Newsweek, exposed by Gaijinbiker:

(1) "Zakaria: A reality check on Bush & 'Freedom'" - at the very top of the US Newsweek edition cover with the Oscars picture.

(2) Fareed Zakaria * Andrew Moravcsik - "America Leads …But Is Anyone Following?" on the cover of Newsweek Int'l 1/31/05 edition in English.

(3) Japanese edition 2/2/05 with flag in trashcan:
(Reportedly containing the same stories as in (2))
On the cover: "America Forsaken"
"The Day America Died"
"With Bush Remaining in Office, the Ideal of
'Freedom' is Dashed to the Ground"

Gaijinbiker says one of the inside stories in the foreign editions, "Dream on, America," was translated into Japanese as "Yume no kuni Amerika ga kuchihateru toki", which is even harsher; it means, roughly, "America, The Dream Country, Is Rotting Away."

Reading the partial translations of the rest of the inside contents, in progress by Rick">http://www.rickadams.org/journal/article.cfm?id=251">Rick Adams and Sairai_x, it makes my blood boil... and makes me wonder what Newsweek's Arabic editions look like!

The latest from Newsweek's ... (Below threshold)
BR:

The latest from Newsweek's Isikoff:

" Isikoff said that he thought the error had harmed the magazine. "I think it has clearly done some temporary damage," he said. "It's thrown us off our game for a little bit," he said. "I think this will end up being a blip." "

Link (via Drudgereport).

OT (sort of)Hey, t... (Below threshold)
mantis:

OT (sort of)

Hey, there's a Wizbang commenter in Congress!

Alabama Congressman Says Comedian Bill Maher's Remark About Army Recruiting 'Borders on Treason'

"I don't want (Maher) prosecuted," Bachus said. "I want him off the air."

Ah, Democracy.

I wonder if the cover of th... (Below threshold)
moseby:

I wonder if the cover of the August 6th edition of Newsweek will include a picture of the Mushroom Cloud over Hiroshima in rememberance of the 60th anniversary of the a-bomb's debut? How about this for a headline:

Built in America....Tested in Japan...

Hi, Moseby! I jus... (Below threshold)
BR:

Hi, Moseby!

I just re-read your prophetic writings from Sept. 04 at wizbang: "Investigating CBS seriously may open a door to the investigation of the MSM itself and there is no way in hell the MSM wants that."

You were so right. Isikoff is dreaming if he thinks Newsweek is just experiencing a "blip." He isn't reading the radar signals properly. That "blip" is a B29 carrying the combined "enough is enough" from Americans, about to explode on MSM land.

You shoud pay attention to ... (Below threshold)

You shoud pay attention to Frame One. You might learn something. I, too, have a blog; a very progressive one.
http://educationalvignette.blogspot.com/

What I'd like to know is wh... (Below threshold)
fatman:

What I'd like to know is why anyone gives a rat's behind what Newsweak says in their foreign editions. So the Europeans and The Japanese don't like us. Fine. Then I, for one, don't see any reason why we should continue to protect them from the Russians and Chinese, respectively. Let's just withdraw from NATO and pull our troops out of Japan and our Navy out of their waters. Then we could stop playing Johnny-on-spot every time there's a natural disaster (like a tsunami, for example). Finally we could stop propping up the U.N. Let's see how much they don't like us, then.

howie: I went to your blog site through the link you so kindly provided. That first paragraph had me ROFLMAO! Thanks! Oh, and you shouldn't be ashamed to use the "L" word. I mean, just because no candidate running as a liberal has been elected President since 1964 doesn't mean there's anything wrong with being a liberal.

Hi fellow nightowl, I bette... (Below threshold)
BR:

Hi fellow nightowl, I better write quickly before anyone comes in between, because I don't think I could address you by your nickname, it would seem so impolite. Although, I remember my dad used to say, wrestlers may look fat, but they're strong!

Agree with you on pulling out of the UN - that would actually be their demise.

I understand what you're saying about who gives a rat's ass and personally I also don't care who thinks what of who. But in the game of nations, kings, dictators, govts - when vicious lies are spread about a group (like the Jews in the 30's in Europe when Hitler and Goebbels used propaganda against them to get the German people to go along with their extermination, or the various tribes in Africa that Britain riled up against each other to keep them weak and fighting each other), it usually has a nefarious motive and a tragic result.

One can probably take many events in history and find the hidden or sometimes blatant third party spreading the lies, deliberately causing great conflict and misery. (I wonder if Britian may not even have stoked the fire between Hindus and Muslims. Who profited from the Crusades, who incited Europeans to go fight the Muslims then? Evildoers in the Catholic Church hierarchy? Financiers? They're the ones who usually profit from wars.)

It can be prevented by exposing the third party. So that's why I think it is important to keep exposing the MSM and whoever is behind them, when they do this.

Hee, I just had this pictur... (Below threshold)
BR:

Hee, I just had this picture of the Hitler Youth making fun of Hitler's lies on the internet in 1939, ridiculing his soft-core porno (topless calisthenics) propaganda movies, instead of marching around the countryside like a bunch of biological robots - then the US would not have had to bomb Japan.

And who instigated the witc... (Below threshold)
BR:

And who instigated the witch hunts of Salem - who spread the lies that certain women (who were probably just healing with herbs) were wicked non-believers? And who spread lies in Spain against innocent people and groups, resulting in the Inquisition? Who is currently spreading lies about America to the rest of the world?

Oh goodness, I better go to bed before I think of more.

What's a matter with you gu... (Below threshold)
BR:

What's a matter with you guys, gone to sleep already? :)

Gaijinbiker">http://ridingsun.blogspot.com/2005/05/article-newsweek-wouldnt-print.html#comments">Gaijinbiker now has a link">http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6857387/site/newsweek/">link to the English version of the "Dream On America" article printed in the Newsweek International 1/31/05 edition – the one they didn't want us to read, the one that got even worse in the Japanese translated version of 2/2/05.

GaijinBiker at RisingSun ha... (Below threshold)
Tokyo Tom:

GaijinBiker at RisingSun has done us all a service by bringing to our attention the Japanese Newsweek version of Andrew Moravcsik's "Dream on America" article. It is frankly appalling that Newsweek wilted from the challenge of presenting an important reality-check piece such as this from the US edition.

Those who haven't yet should get past the Japanese cover and read the article. At its core it is simply a report of the perception of the declining importance of the US in the world; it is unfortunate but undeniable that this perception is well-supported by many statistics showing an accelerating decline in the relative standing of the US in many important areas that affect our global power. We need to pull our heads out of the sand and start asking difficult questions about what we are doing wrong and what we should do to get back on track, for our own sake (whether the rest of the world looks up to us is another point).

Some of you may say that Americans don't give a shit about the rest of the world any more. Yes, reality bites, but anger at reality will not make it go away.

There are very few corners in the world where people can live a traditional life unaffected by concerns about the consequences of interconnected world on jobs, cultural changes, security and the environment. The serious and unsettling nature of these changes are driving factors for increased polarization and fundamentalism. But nostaligia and resentment can't turn back the clock anywhere. For better or worse, the US lives in the world and not apart from it.

Reflexive self-justification and denial are understandable, but do not help us to deal with real problems. The US is facing a critical task to stem and reverse the serious decline in relative power that the US is now experiencing as investment and power flow to the growing economies of Asia, Europe and Latin America, as the Newsweek article in points out so well.

We should be gravely concerned that the world is turning away from us, and those who are pointing this out to us are doing us a service and should be counted as our friends. The Newsweek article is at its core a patriotic piece - Newsweek’s decision not to run it in the US is deeply disappointing, and is what should be criticised.

Yes, the Newsweek Japan cover is rather shocking, but American readers should see it as it is – an expression of very real alarm by our friends in Japan about the precipitous decline in the respect and admiration that US garners around the world, and at our unwillingness to face up to it. There is a palable sense of disappointment, disillusion and loss in Japan as the US has turned away from its historic optimism and vitality. The cover is a wake-up call, and not a slap in the face.

Many global issues cry out for US leadership, but we refuse to accept that mantle in favor of unilateralism. Worse, the Adminstration, Congress and big business are fiddling while Rome burns (see Tom Friedman’s excellent op-ed in today’s Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/25/opinion/25friedman.html?th&emc=th).

Our place in the world will soon be much diminished, and we refuse to get our own house in order (enormous budget and trade deficits, declining technical and science skills, a frayed social support network, accelerating disparities in wealth, you name it). The wealthy are doing quite well, but otherwise, what a mess we are handing off to our children, who will have to foot the bills and the poorer America that we seem to be willing to settle for!

The financial scene - defic... (Below threshold)
BR:

The financial scene - deficits and Greenspan's money printing press - is a mess, Tokyo Tom. But Newsweek's agitprop cannot be excused. They are part of the problem. It wasn't some concerned Japanese citizen who photo-illustrated that trashcan cover, as you should well know, since you've been posting at Gaijinbiker's ridingsun site. You read his recent item exposing William Duke: Man-Behind-Cover, didn't you?

If there is a financial meltdown, it will not be in the US only. It will be a worldwide catastrophe worse than the Depression, caused by the untenable fiat system and exacerbated by globalism. Once the US and the world went off the gold standard, there was no control on the amount of paper printed. You can't blame the American people for that. Roosevelt issued the edict to confiscate Americans' gold in the 30s. There was no democratic input on that. Then in 71 or 72 Nixon divorced the dollar entirely. The Federal Reserve and its mainly Rothschild-connected bank owners, has put America so deeply into debt, it's going to have worldwide repercussions. Those who engineered this, along with their puppet politicians always spending what they don't have, probably can't wait for the dollar to plummet so that their gold holdings will skyrocket.

Since Japan is already net selling their US Treasuries, and did so again right after the Newsweek 2/2/05 Japanese edition, Newsweek is simply making things worse by attacking the US' economy in that article. The American people are not less vibrant. If the Japanese have that impression, they must be getting it from Newsweek and the rest of the MSM. Newsweek's attack was not constructive to anyone – except those who wish for America's demise.

Interesting read at <a href... (Below threshold)
BR:

Interesting read at Controlled Media.

BR, I'm not sure what you'r... (Below threshold)
Tokyo Tom:

BR, I'm not sure what you're saying - that the US financial position is so critical that we should all shut up and ignore it? That Newsweek and others who trying to discuss serious issues are stabbing America in the back?

I can't buy that; we need alot more disclosure and open debate, not less.

If Newsweek should be faulted for something on Moravcsik's "Dream on America" article", it should be for selling America short by deciding not to run the piece in the US. I am afraid their decision in may reflect the point of the article - that in fact most of Newsweek US readers would rather hear about the Grammys, than to be forced to face facts about our declining global position.

Guys like Moravczik are true patriots; I suppose it is too much to expect, if our Administration, Congress and business leaders are not willing to talk about serious issues, that our press would show it has real balls.

It is a real disappointment that the Republican party is not making a serious attempt to revitalize and strengthen the US economy, but is instead sapping our competitiveness with outrageously irresponsible budget deficits (in which the roles of tax cuts and our grossly expanded and unfunded military budget must be acknowledged).

While responsible for what still is the largest economy and most important country in the world, the Administration seems to be doing all it can to make sure that voters don't hear any bad news. No doubt they were pleased that Newsweek did not run this piece in the US; I suppose their discomfiture that the blogs dredged it up for American readers is assuaged by the fact that the blog discussion has ignored the real substantive issues raised by the article, but focussed instead on perceived slights to the flag and "sinister" behavior by Newsweek.

It is not those who prefer to shoot the messenger than to fact facts who are in fact selling out America?




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