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JANJAN, short for Japan Alternative News for Justices and New Cultures, is a Japanese online newspaper started by Ken Takeuchi, journalist and former mayor of Kamakura, Kanagawa. Launched in February 2003, the newspaper is credited for pioneering citizen journalism in Japan.[1] After registration, anyone is free to post comments on the JANJAN website. However there are different windows for registering depending on the nationality or ethnicity of the potential poster (i.e. a different one for "Foreigners, 外国の方"and Japanese).


  1. ^ "市民記者「モノ」申す". Asahi Shimbun. 2008-01-22. Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2007-10-27. "日本では「市民の、市民による、市民のためのメディア」を掲げて03年2月に創刊したJanJanが草分け。" 
  • The article was originally a partial translation of the corresponding article (October 1, 2007) in Japanese Wikipedia.

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