Posted by simon c on 2008 June 9日 Monday
This piece about the Japanese media contingent following Kosuke Fukudome’s every little move with the Cubs in his rookie year has probably been done in every city where Asian star ballplayers have played in, but can be a fun human interest type story anyways.
T is the Helen Thomas of the press corps. She asks the first question and can follow up as often as she likes. Her Fuji TV feeds five outlets in Japan, so the other reporters abide by a pecking order.
“It’s nice—and hard,” she said of her role. “Sometimes I don’t have anything to ask.”
At the end of Fukudome’s news conferences, the Japanese reporters huddle in the interview room and review Fukudome’s quotes so they will be identical.
That’s a foreign concept to American reporters, and that’s why quotes sometimes appear slightly different, even in the same newspaper.
Yup, that sounds very Japanese :P