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Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 03:04 am
Japan's new sakoku?

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Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)

This is a good account of the history of Yohan and Tuttle, up to their merger in 2003.

I always find the business stories behind these wider shifts interesting. For instance, I'd love to know more about the longer-term prospects for Yes! Communications, and the relative stability of Asoboo and Tokyo Art Beat compared with Pingmag (I'd have thought Pingmag, with relatively high traffic, would be one of the more robust titles). Similarly, I'd like to know whether OK Fred really have called it a day with the magazine. Businesses tend to be very secretive about things like this -- even whether they're still in business.

I guess you have to just hear the izakaya gossip -- you have to be there on the ground to know this stuff. Otherwise you're stranded in the la-la land of "We're temporarily not updating, but we may be back". Japan is especially prone to this "extended hiatus" business -- I believe Relax magazine is on "extended hiatus" to this day.


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