[Los Angeles Times] Japan less likely to trust officials, main media, since disaster

Ryugo Hayano of Tokyo University by Los Angeles Times

Physicist Ryugo Hayano of Tokyo University tweeted about foreign news reports of radioactive fallout after the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown. His Twitter following soared to 150,000 from 3,000. (Tom Miyagawa Coulton, For The Times / December 17, 2011) http://www.twitter.com/hayano

For many older Japanese, the government remains a trusted, paternal overseer. But younger Japanese are now consulting the Internet and other information sources, rather than depending on major media.

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times

December 18, 2011

Reporting from Tokyo—