Publishing After “The Day After”
At this difficult time our hearts are with the Japanese people who have suffered and continue to suffer the effect of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Like many companies, Metropolis has been hit by certain consequences such as energy shortages, lack of essential supplies, and the threat of radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant 250km to the north. Many foreigners have left Japan, and even fewer tourists are coming in. These factors have forced us to take a very difficult decision.
For the first time since 1995, Metropolis magazine will be published twice a month, instead of the weekly schedule you have come to rely on.
We would like to stress that our output of fresh material will be unchanged. Much more will be published online, and we are improving our interactive communication via various applications and resources. This includes our Metrodining application, launched this month. At www.metrodining.jp, users can discover Tokyo restaurants and bars, and add their own comments and feedback. This app is available on your phone as well as your computer, to enable access to Metropolis listings on the go. Our Classifieds will still be updated regularly via http://classifieds.metropolis.co.jp. Finally, our thriving SNS at http://metropolis.co.jp/community offers a communal webspace to our 13,000 plus subscribers for all their meeting and dating needs.
This biweekly printing schedule is a temporary measure. Our hopes are that Japan may soon start the healing process for this horrific tragedy and recover the tranquility and productivity that have earned it the respect of the world. We are committed to returning to our weekly printing schedule. In the meantime, we will be doing all we can to bring you the same quality content we have offered the Tokyo expat community for over 15 years. Find out for yourself—and let us know what you think—www.metropolis.co.jp.
A beloved Japanese sled dog is on the brink of extinction. With only two purebred Karafuto Ken left in existence in Japan, this unique and historic breed is dying out largely unnoticed—despite the work of their last remaining steward.
We travel to mysterious Dewa Sanzan—the three mountains of Dewa—to retrace the pilgrimage route taken by yamabushi ascetics and discover the mummified remains of ancient living Buddhas. And the scenery is nice, too...
One writer opines, rather controversially, that in the tragic aftermath of the devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the demographic shortcomings it reveals may ultimately lead to a healthier balance between man and the environment here in Japan