Japan News or Japan Times

Good morning everyone,

I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of this weather. I'm from Canada and we have the expression, "April showers bring May flowers", but this is crazy! If it keeps raining like this, we'll have more flowers than we know what to do with! Ha ha! Actually, we may have clear weather for the next 2 or 3 days and then it's expected to rain again on Friday before clearing up for the weekend again. It's going to be a bit chillier than it has been too-with morning lows all week hovering between 5C and 10C and highs between 15C and 20C.

I've been subscribing to the Japan News, which is the English version of the Daily Yomiuri, for a while now...I'm not sure how long to be honest with you, but more than a year for sure. I do enjoy getting a paper every morning. It's nice to take 5 or 10 minutes to relax with a coffee and read the paper once I get all my preparations done for the day.

At first I could ignore the conservative/right wing leanings of the paper, but it's getting more and more annoying. Whenever I try to read an article, they all lean a bit too far to the right for my taste.

I'm a bit conservative by politics back home, but I think that makes me pretty liberal here in Japan.

The only problem for me is that the papers more suited to my political leanings aren't available in Hiroshima in English. So, I either have to do a crash-course in kanji or consider switching to the Japan Times.

I was a big fan of the Japan Times back when I lived in Tokyo, but there are two things turning me off of the paper. One is the cost. It costs just over 5,000 yen per month for the Japan Times whereas the Japan News is just under 4,000. The other is one of their columnists-a guy who calls himself 'Debito Arudou' who writes a regular column in the paper. I can't stand his column-he might be the world's biggest hater-of everything. I swear, he could win the lottery and still find something to complain about! Ha ha!

So, do I put up with a right leaning newspaper? Or do I suck it up and fork over the extra 1,000 yen and change (means just over 1,000) to switch to the other paper?

Decisions, decisions...

Have a great day!

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