Tatsukawa: orality, ethics, & regional renaissance in industrial Japan
On March 5, 1923, the morning edition of the Yomiuri shinbun carried an article titled ‘Jido no dokusho yoku to kinshi no hei’ (‘Children who read a lot risk short-sightedness’). The editorial, submitted by an anonymous subscriber from Tokyo, warned of the adverse effects of small print used by Bunmeidō, an Osaka-based publishing company specialising in sokkibon (stenographical novels). The article stated, ‘Didn’t the publishers know that the small print...[Show more]
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