Japanese raids

Lots going on in Nihon lately. I was recently reading about the raid on Livedoor on Joi’s blog and then yesterday, came across this story about Yamaha being raided. Maybe this quote from Joi explains it:

“Unlike the US, Japanese courts do not have a “discovery” process and often have to rely on these surprise raids to get necessary documents. It makes for good TV News.”

My thought is that the Japanese media thrives on heroes and villains and will exploit the most trivial piece of news to the maximum. Now that’s true for media everywhere, except in Japan, even a small thing can make or break people. Joi has some good pointers if you are planning on becoming a public figure in Japan.