Yes, the magazine industry is hurting in Japan just as much as anywhere else. I’ve been told — so feel free to treat this as a rumor — that the Japanese edition of Esquire is about to cease publication. And that same person was telling me that circulation numbers in general are hurting, and so it sounds like we shouldn’t be too surprised to see more closures if things don’t improve in the coming months. Esquire in Japan is actually a decent magazine — it’s much more Brutus than Esquire US.
Also, an update on the news I posted a few weeks ago about the demise of Kateigaho International Edition. The magazine as we know it has indeed ended — the current issue is the last — but later this year it will continue as a translation of the original Japanese edition. Believe me, fans of KIE will not want this upcoming edition.