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Wednesday, 6th August 2008
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Japanese newspaper apologies for 'indecent' content

The Mainichi Daily News, a popular Japanese newspaper, has issued an apology after it printed indecent material in a recent edition.

An in-house investigation was launched into articles featuring "incorrect information about Japan and indecent sexual content" which appeared on pages 22 and 23 of the newspaper.

In a statement on its website, the Mainichi Daily News said: "We apologise deeply for causing many people trouble and for betraying the public's trust in the Mainichi Shimbun," adding: "We are determined to try our utmost to regain the public trust that we have lost."

Punitive measures were taken against managing director Yoshiyuki Watanabe and another senior official at the publication.

The controversy began after the flaws in the WaiWai section of the newspaper were spotted by a number of online bloggers, reports the Age.