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The New Yorker Returns Award for Story on Japanese Rent-a-Family – The New York Times

“A Theory of Relativity,” a 2018 article by the staff writer Elif Batuman, was honored in the feature writing category.



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The editors note attached to the online version said the findings of the magazines investigation contradict fundamental aspects of these individuals stories and broadly undermine the credibility of what they told us.
Even the articles opening lines contained falsehoods, the magazines investigation found. Two years ago, Kazushige Nishida, a Tokyo salaryman in his sixties, started renting a part-time wife and daughter, the story began. His real wife had recently died. The magazine found that Mr. Nishida…

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