The Press: Lord High Publisher

In Japan, where the literacy rate is probably the highest in the world (98%), newspapers are big and often sensational. For a story that may make bright reading, it is not unusual for editors to dispatch their own planes, huge task forces of reporters and hundreds of carrier pigeons to bring bulletins back.

In all Japan no single daily is as big as the Tokyo edition of Yomiuri* (circ. 2,100,000). And no publisher is more flamboyant than Yomiuri's swaggering, marble-domed Matsutaro Shoriki. 69, who also owns eight big magazines and Japan's only commercial TV...

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