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The Tokyo Reporter is a Japanese English-language news website whose reporting is based on Japanese tabloid journalism. [1]


The Tokyo Reporter

Founded in 2008 by Brett Bull, a U.S. engineer working in Tokyo, the website translates or adapts reports by Japanese tabloid media about such topics as crime, sex and entertainment in Japan. The Washington Post described it as a "hybrid of the National Enquirer , the New York Post and Penthouse ". The Post wrote that, because Japanese tabloids are less reliant on authorities for their content than Japanese mainstream media, and less concerned about the international reputation of the nation, Tokyo Reporter projects a less sanitized image of Japan to the outside world than the English language versions of mainstream media. [2]

The last newly released article on TokyoReporter was published on August 16, 2021, and the site has not been updated since. [3] On January 26, 2022, the closure of TokyoReporter was formally announced. [4]

Brett Bull

Brett Bull, a civil engineer for a Japanese construction company in Ōtsuka, [5] an author [6] and a freelance journalist, [7] writes for Variety, [8] Metropolis Japan Magazine, [9] The New York Times, [10] Japan Today [11] The Japan Times, [12] Loafer's Magazine, [13] and others. [14] From 17 November 1999 to 29 December 2007, he wrote as Captain Japan for his Sake-Drenched Postcards. [15] [16]


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  1. "Info". Tokyo Reporter. Retrieved 14 April 2022. Published by Tokyo Reporter Media, The Tokyo Reporter was founded in 2008
  2. Fifield, Anna (23 April 2016). "Japan's most salacious crime news — and the American who publishes it". The Washington Post . Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  3. "Home".
  4. "That's All Folks". 26 January 2022.
  5. Wilks, Jon (18 March 2011). "6 Tokyo Tweeters who kept the city informed". Time Out Tokyo . Retrieved 14 April 2022. The Sendai earthquake hit at 2.46pm, March 11.
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  7. Williams, Jamie (13 April 2011). "Social Media's Role as a Crucial Lifeline During Japan Disaster". MediaShift . Mark Glaser . Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  8. "Brett Bull (author)". Variety . Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  9. "Sign of the Times". Metropolis Japan Magazine. Japan Partnership Holdings Inc. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  10. Bull, Brett (15 September 2013). "Japan Celebrates New Home Run King". The New York Times . Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  11. Bull, Brett (22 December 2008). "Last call for Kabukicho red-light district". Japan Today . Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  12. "Brett Bull (author)". The Japan Times . Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  13. Bull, Brett (2005). "The King of Japanese Satellite Television Smut". Loafer's Magazine. No. 14. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  14. Bull, Brett (31 August 2008). "The Gangster's Castle". Japan Inc. Japan Inc Communications, Inc. Retrieved 14 April 2022. The bizarre case of yakuza, property rights and fraud—scrabbling to make a fortune in Roppongi real estate
  15. "Archives 1999". Sake-Drenched Postcards. Retrieved 14 April 2022 via
  16. "Archives 2007". Sake-Drenched Postcards. Retrieved 14 April 2022 via