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By Linda Sieg

TOKYO, Sept 16 discount moncler jackets (Reuters) It was a rare role reversal for Japan influential Asahi newspaper, which is known for exposing wrongdoing in high places, when its president stood before cameras to bow, apologise and pledge to restore his organisation credibility.

Tadakazu Kimura told more than 100 reporters packed into a second floor room at Asahi headquarters that the newspaper was withdrawing a controversial article on the Fukushima nuclear crisis that it now said was erroneous. It was also apologising for belatedly retracting decades old moncler online store articles on wartime atrocities based on an account later found to be fictitious.

The self inflicted wounds to the 135 year old liberal media flagship are casting doubt on whether it can regain credibility.

Its embarrassment coincides with a muting of liberal views and an absence of strong political opposition to Japan government, and could also create moncler uk outlet a tailwind for conservatives such as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who want to recast moncler sale Japan wartime moncler outlet online past with a less apologetic tone and to loosen the constraints of Japan post war pacifist constitution.

now on, the Asahi will have to be much more careful in taking an editorial line that is at odds with the right wing, government line, said Koichi Nakano, a Sophia University professor critical of Abe policies. and Co. will have a much freer hand in rewriting history.

An Asahi spokesman did not comment on this article. The paper has repeated its commitment to accuracy in reporting in the wake of the retractions.

The Asahi holds a unique place among Japan newspapers, which range from the liberal Asahi moncler usa and moderate Mainichi cheap moncler jackets womens to the conservative Yomiuri and Sankei, both of uk moncler sale whose views often echo positions of the Abe administration.

NEW YORK TIMES The Asahi readers respect the paper for its exposs of corruption and opposition to the conservatives who have ruled Japan for most of the past six decades, said Jeffrey Kingston, director of Asian studies at Temple University Japan campus.

estimated 8 million readers like it for much the same reasons liberal readers prefer the New York Times it is a trusted and reliable voice willing to take on the powers that be, Kingston said.

Equally, the newspaper is reviled by many on the right for purveying what they term a view of wartime history that they say dents national pride and fuels diplomatic feuds with neighbours China and South Korea.

is responsible for all the unjust criticism spoken by China and South Korea toward Japan, said Harue Sato, a spokeswoman uk moncler outlet for self styled patriotic moncler sale online women group Soyokaze.

Conservatives also criticise the Asahi for its opposition to key policies espoused by the Abe government, such as a planned return to nuclear power after the March 2011 Fukushima disaster and his push for Japan military to play a bigger global role.

The Asahi cheap moncler sale retractions concerned two of Japan most sensitive political issues nuclear power and the legacy of Japan past militarism, which still haunts moncler outlet prices ties with China and South Korea nearly 70 years after World War Two.

Kimura news conference last week capped months of controversy over a May 20 Asahi article, based on leaked testimony by the late manager of the tsunami crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The paper said workers battling moncler sale outlet the March 2011 disaster had fled in violation of an order to stay put.

The best moncler jackets Asahi had billed its story as a major scoop and rejected later charges from other media that it was wrong. The full transcript, released cheap moncler coats mens on Thursday, showed the Asahi report had focused on selective comments by the manager and that it was possible he had been misunderstood in the chaos. The Asahi also acknowledged it had moncler outlet woodbury failed to confirm facts with the workers.

Blaming insufficient checks and preconceptions as to what had happened, the Asahi removed its top editor from his men moncler coats post and asked a panel of outside experts to examine its reporting.

COMFORT WOMEN A month earlier, the Asahi retracted articles published in the 1980s and 1990s and based on a Japanese man account later found to be false that described women on the Korean island of Jeju being forcibly recruited to work in Japanese wartime military brothels.

Those retractions, moncler outlet store decades after scholars first raised doubts cheap moncler jackets mens about the man account and years after Asahi itself said it could not be confirmed, set off a firestorm of criticism.

The issue of women as those forced to work in the brothels are known, has a flash moncler outlet point in Japan ties with South Korea and a red flag topic for Japanese conservatives.

But many Japanese conservatives including Abe say there is no proof of direct state involvement moncler outlet sale in kidnapping the women.

articles said that Japanese soldiers entered people homes as kidnappers, snatched away their children and made them comfort women, Abe told NHK public TV on Sunday. what is now being demanded is (for the Asahi) to face the world and properly retract this?

Those familiar with the Asahi internal debate said its executives appeared to have hoped that retraction of the articles, which had long left the paper vulnerable to criticism, would bolster their credibility in the debate on the broader issue of Japan responsibility for the comfort women system. The paper is setting up a new panel of outside experts to cheap moncler jackets examine its coverage of the comfort women issue.

Whether the Asahi can repair its reputation and keep its role as the leading liberal voice remains to be seen.

is a huge crisis in the company. I think they will come moncler womens jackets through, but it won be easy, said Peter Ennis, editor of online newsletter Dispatch Japan. (Additional reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka, Mari Saito and Jiro Minier; Editing by Mark Bendeich).