Since first appearing in summer 1998, J-Wings has firmly established itself at the forefront of the Japanese market. A sister publication of Airline (see above), it contains information more geared to the roving military aviation enthusiast, combined with the more serious factual approach of say Koku Fan. Like that esteemed publication, J-Wings includes superb photographic content in its coverage mix. The front half usually features an in-depth topic or profile feature, Japanese base visits, industry coverage and air show reports from around the world.
Extensive coverage is naturally given to the Japanese air show season, which runs from April to early December, and the June issue (published in the third week of April) contains a pocket-sized preview supplement devoted to it.
The back half, following a long-running historical feature devoted to individual World War II types, starts with World-Wide Photo Press, covering a pot-pourri of topics. Cyber Warlord looks at the latest in related computer game software and precedes several pages devoted to photo reportage from around Japan, including base visitors and a reader photo competition. A news section, which often includes a photo report from Russia courtesy the ITAR-TASS news agency, precedes other regular features, an aviation museum visit and plastic model reviews.
In typical Japanese fashion, and what might appear slightly incongruous to Western eyes, an historical subject is also given the manga comic treatment. Book reviews appear ahead of a large advertising section devoted to the Norimono Kurabu (“Transport Club”), formerly Airshop Ikaros, the publisher’s own retail bookshop and model outlet located nearby.
What some might see as irritating coverage of irrelevant subject matter, such as armoured vehicles and firearms, should disappear with the April 2003 launch of J-Ground magazine, following in the wake of J-Ships.
See also their new quarterly publication Military Classics.
Further information: Ikaros Publications, Ltd., Kagurazuka K Building, Kagurazuka 3-2, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-8616, Japan. Editorial Tel: +81 3 3267 2734, Fax: +81 3 3266 0639, Sales Tel: +81 3 3267 2766. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: Ikaros (Japanese only)