The Nautilus Institute

Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network Membership Survey

Appendix C: Survey Report Text Supplements

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Item 1: Question 15, What other Internet systems do you use?

Following is the complete listing of Internet systems mentioned in answer to the various categories of question 15. Where feasible, the answers were quantified; where not, all answers are listed.

15a: World Wide Web Browsers

TypeNumber of responses
Amiga Voyager1
IAN net1
MSIE 4.01

15b: WWW search engines

TypeNumber of responses
Alta Vista9
Northern Lights1

15c: Other web sites visited

Academia Sinica Home Page;
Access Home Page;
Asahi NewsPaper main;
Asahi, UN, EU Commission
Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library;
Asiaweek Home Page
BBC news, Korean embassy, FEER
Bellona Foundation Website
Chinese Press;
CNN Interactive, ASEAN Regional Forum, Japan MOFA, US Dept of State, US DOD
CNN Interactive;
East Asian Collection IUB Home Page;
gov and research sites
Great China Information Center;
home pages of the Japanese and Australian Foreign Ministries
Hongkong Standard; ; with all links
inference find
Jane's Resource Center;
Japanese Foreign Ministry, Pentagon
kimsoft, DPRK homepage
Kimsoft, Korean newspapers on line,,,Chosunilbo,etc.
Korea Herald, Daily Yomiuri, Yahoo News, New York Times
Korea Herald, Korea Times, sometimes Japanese English papers
Korea Web Weekly, US State Dept.,Major US News Media (NYT, WP, CNN, MSNBC, etc.)
Korean Newpapers on line
North Korean Central News Agency, Korea Herald
NYT, Wash Post, LA Times
Political and Economic Risk Consultancy, Ltd. Home Page;
Singapore Internet Business Directory;
SITO On-Line Archives;
someone there culls media web sites to generate report for the office
South China Morning Post Homepage;
State, NSC, DOD, USPACOM, ASEAN, APEC, and other NEAsia and Intl Security
Stimson Centre, Pacific Forum-CSIS, US State Department, Australian
Taiwan WWW VL;
Taiwan, Ilha Formosa;
The Heritage Foundation, US Dept. of State, The White House
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan Home Page;
The Nineties Monthly, May 95 - Asia, Hong Kong, China, Culture, Politics, Economy; Beijing Spring; several each in NKorea, SKorea, Japan,
most Korean newspapers,, US
U.S. Department of State Home Page;
UN DHA's Reliefweb ,Sites created by both North and South K
various nuclear related
Vietnam: Yesterday and Today;
Virtual Library;
W3C/ANU/Vienna Univ. - China WWW VL ;
wash post, other newspapere, Stimson
Washington Post
Welcome to the Korea Herald Homepage;
WNC: World News Connection;
Yahoo, various newspaper sites, East Asian Libraries cooperative, CND.

15d: Text only WWW browser

Dow Jones
Govt Net

15f: Newsgroups and email lists

Daily News of Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe
David Johnson's Russia List
H-Japan;Shaken, Duisburg
moogoonghwa list at UCSD, Korea-studies list in UK

15h: Other


Item 2: Question 18, Useful features in other information sources

Following are all the comments given in response to question 18, asking which features of other information sources could be usefully incorporated into NAPSNet.

  • "More political-economic analyses, a la Oxford Analytica"
  • "Some background on key individuals"
  • "Since I read the AP, Reuters, Xinhua almost daily and other wires frequently, I find the repetition of routine news items not so useful and would much prefer items, such as those from Russia, to which I do not have easy access."
  • "Greater use of regional newspapers as opposed to only national press."
  • "Hoover Institution"
  • "Focus on news sources that have no English equivalent, e.g. Sankei Shimbun"
  • "pages for the newspaper stories; broader array of sources such as influential journals (the equivalent of Foreign Policy in various countries)"
  • "it would be nice if you could find a non-propagandistic way of summarizing news, including policy statements directly from DPRK sources."
  • "Hokkaido Shimbun; an excellent coverage of Russian Far East"
  • "Use info from Reliefweb, and more NGO links"
  • "I have not visited your site -- but, if NAPSNet had a simple website constructed with updates daily, I would be happy to go there to get daily information (and archives). The ability to run a search at this site would be a necessity, though."
  • "More detail on political events as significant as the Presidential elections; more detail on tactical, as opposed to operational/strategic, security issues."
  • "Korean language press"
  • "other sources have more analysis, see 5b"
  • "more on impact and linkages from regional countries, including SEA"
  • "graphs, charts, maps"
  • "Non-English sources"
  • "I am mainly interested in Korea and do not generally read summaries of other issues/countries in Nautilus."
  • "More attention to political and economic issues"
  • "trade and investment issues, relaxation of barriers to such"
  • "Perhaps more interplay of opinion and discussion by academics and practitioners (akin to that of the Johnson Russia List)"
  • "in depth analyses on specific issues, dealing with 'different positions' involved (for example, individual positions of participants in 'Four Party Talks')"
  • "better use of local press"
  • "economics: International trade, investment and finance etc."
  • "Possibly a bulletin board, or context for regular discussions on int'l security issues"
  • "Far East Economic Review"
  • "Possibly, radio or TV broadcast reports. There used to be an outfit here in Tokyo called Radio Press that distributed printed reports of news broadcast by China etc. Also, reputable-source internet items."
  • "a greater emphasis on the historical perspective"
  • "good journal articles can be reproduced by NAPSNet"
  • "those of strategic research, etc"
  • "Korea and World Affairs"
  • "timeliness is always a question; also, spread of opinion is better on FBIS. DR is very good resource for those outside govt, unlike my point of view. I use the longer articles which are unique. Current stuff I get elsewhere quicker."
  • "Japan Daily digest analyses are shorter, crisper, more 'punchy' & readable. NAPSNet more 'turgid.' Not necessarily a criticism, depending on audience; and would require more editing. A labor to read sometimes. JDJ not as deep, but 'you may be losing people who don't have time to read 5000 words.' Also, JDJ has more editorial slant, more opinionated. NAPSNet analyses 'should have more of a point of view. But of course wouldn't want all their business, technology focus."

    Item 3: Question 20, How much would you be willing to pay to receive DR?

    Following are all the quantitative answers given to the portion of question 20 asking respondents to specify the amount they would be willing to contribute if NAPSNet were to implement a voluntary fee structure.

    $20 p.a.
    $100 inst
    $50 a year
    50 bucks

    Item 4: Question 22, Further comments Following are all responses given to question 22, which asked for further comments on items not covered by the survey.

  • "I would like to see more interpretation of news events...predictions from you experts on what this item means to the region... more personality and subjectivity, instead of objective reporting."
  • "Superb effort, extremely useful"
  • "Read your reports daily. I find them essential to keep up with current regional events. Some redundancies occur, but I think you keep them to a minimum. Great forum. Thanks"
  • "there is already a lot of information about on economic issues."
  • "I once responded to Policy Fora from time to time but no longer do so since my views evidently do not conform to yours. I also have the impression that the daily report, which was once expanding, has now contracted and is focusing too narrowly on Korea. Lastly, where the daily report a year or more ago seemed to be imaginative, today it seems far more routine."
  • "I personally see the web as being most useful for short, topical information. This is why I like the NAPSNet Report. I would urge you to offer more stand-alone factsheets, summaries of longer studies, or short research reports. I do not have time or interest in reading long analytical studies on the web. For these, I use journals. I think that breaking information is what the NAPSNet can do best, as well as hard-to-find information on important problems or issues. Example: Have you thought of doing a status report on current conditions at Yongbyon? What about a short fact sheet on China's nuclear power facilities? You could put togethert a listing of companies involved in nuclear trade in East Asia, linking them to particular projects. What about a list of nuclear waste facilities? What about coal-fired electrical plants in East Asia, with a map? You could put together a map of missile capabilities and ranges for various countries. What about a listing of surface ships in the various navies? Submarines? A listing of East Asian voting records at the First Committee of the UN on various arms control/disarmament resolutions would be fascinating. These are research items that would be very useful to your readers. Your staff could spend more time doing 'research,' and the network would benefit too. These could also 'hang' on your website. Such information is also not readily available elsewhere, unlike long essays on 'solutions' to the Korean Peninsula situation (which abound). My own view, for what it's worth, is that the NAPSNet needs to stay topical and stay 'digestible,' otherwise, it will tend to drift (inevitably) into more politicized information which then becomes less useful to a wide audience. For example, the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia (I believe) sends out essays on a variety of topical security issues. They are boring, highly politicized and add nothing to an expert's knowledge of the subject. I told them to take me off of their list. In this regard, although I am much closer to the Nautilus Institute's politics, I think the NAPSNet would be best served by sticking to the facts. But it could move ahead by providing more information that is hard-to-get and by packaging it in ways (use of tables, maps, etc.) that are useful (as suggested above). I think as it is, the network repeats too much information and covers too many very general topics. Providing less, but harder-to-find information would be better than continuing on just a daily basis with reports that now (given the web) are increasingly easy to find (esp. from the various press services). More data on environmental issues, military transactions, force levels, treaties, and new initiatives would be welcome. I hope these thoughts are helpful because I would like to see your network develop further."
  • "Your service is excellent. I would like to add that I find your translated summaries of regional reaction to major events eg. Jiang's US visit, or the revise US-Japan security agreement to be especially valuable, and impossible to get elsewhere. Congratulations to all your people. Keep up the good work!"
  • "A terrific resource, that I'm very glad is out there. I hope, deeply, that you continue informing us of security developments in the region. As noted earlier, I hope that you might be able to bring information to the forum from other than the larger media outlets. It is not that they are incorrect, but that their stories are often covered in other media. Thank you"
  • "You need someone well verse in Japanese to capture their news coverage on North Korea. Would welcome more analytical info on PRC, Both Koreas, Japan, Taiwan economic issues."
  • "I am a historian, and am not prepared to engage in discussions of issues beyond the news I am able to find and read. Your service is invaluable in helping me keep abreast of political and security issues, especially as I do not subscribe to the NYT or the WP."
  • "Like the service. You should look to a few other sites: FEER, Heritage, Brookings, other think tanks"
  • "First, Bravo. Go on with this quite useful work, rather non-partisan undertaking. Second, please carry on your reports more views and analysis from policy-makers and top level researchers. Third, if possible, inlude a DPR of Korea's researcher in your contributors' list."
  • "PRC report much improved!!"
  • "Appreciate your Institute's efforts"
  • "NAPSNet provides some convenience by emailing news directly to me, but it's largely news I hear elsewhere simultaneously. One service I value is the coverage of media not immediately available in English, but would like to see more (i.e. Sankei Shimbun, Jiji Press newsfeeds). I use NAPSNet as a casual pointer to what issues deserve further scrutiny. For serious research, I turn to FBIS. "
  • "please, give the pages of sources so we can footnote them properly without looking up all over again! fully refereed on line journal -- cheap, quick, specialized. I am willing to serve on editorial board "
  • "Very useful, though heavily American-centric in definition and coverage of the issues. More on economic context would be helpful to suggest that there are other than great powers with an interest and involvement in Northeast Asia. Hard to achieve, I realize. This is a superb questionnaire which we'd like to use as a model for the revised Asia Pacific Security Dialogue and Research Monitor which we are launching in Toronto in January. "
  • "you should ask WHY you are essential. There's no other source I know that reliably surveys the spectrum of current news from the Korean peninsula -- by logging into NAPSNet, I'm spared the drudgery of checking (or trying to check) a lot of individual, often obscure, publications. How's your readership in the DPRK these days? ever get feedback?"
  • "The famine in North Korea is well covered by NGOs, U.N.reports, etc. Food is the way the DPRK is choosing to engage with the outside world, and I would like to see these sources included from time to time. News coverage of this crisis is slim, largely because of a lack of pictures -- so it isn't enough just to pick up the news coverage. Thanks."
  • "Hope you would share the major findings from this survey. There are several questions that may bias answers due to a response category order. I would be willing to serve as a professional survey advisor or consultant if you would conduct more surveys in the future or even with the analysis of the current data. By training and career, I'm a survey methodologist and pollster."
  • "maybe a little too much emphasis on Korea, how about more balance with respect to China?"
  • "If possible, I would be interested in seeing the results of this survey once complete and calculated. Again, thanks for your service."
  • "Since I am new to the NAPS report (only signed up yesterday), my responses are based upon first impressions made upon browsing your web page yesterday. I was elated to find a page where I could get more specific information about the PRC-Russian border treaty, which, after just recently returning from Khabarovsk, Russia, was of great interest to me and was inadequately covered in major newspapers."
  • "suggest less duplication: find that same item may be covered from different sources but not much extra information. Also, I think you need a contributor in Western Europe -- UK, Germany, whatever -- which after all is where many int'l organizations come from, and many 'peace-oriented' groups, I think especially in Germany and Scandinavia. Also some of these are located in smaller nations such as New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. There are many nuclear watchers in New Zealand and Western Europe and many Asia experts in Australia -- Australia National University in Canberra comes to mind. They all have valuable perspectives....I am sorry I cannot suggest anyone in particular but you might find this idea worth pursuing..."
  • " I enjoy very much reading the Daily report. Thanks"
  • "Your reports on the United State need to be more critical. You run too much straight Pentagon/USDS propaganda and disinformation."
  • "It would be useful if you can provide the bibliographical information of the books and academic articles, published during the week covered, related to each news category. Magazines covered should include Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Intl Security, National Interest, Asian Survey, Korea Journal of Defense Analyses, Korea and World Affairs, and etc."
  • "I particularly like your efforts to present relations between Asian nations. This is rare to come by in the US. I find the analysis a little less useful than the straight news. Analysis by more critical voices would be particularly welcome. The straight-up official stuff is useful as background, but not terribly edifying. Still these are quibbles. You run a great service, and I know that a large number of journalists and researchers regularly rely on your service to get their work done."
  • "Pete, Thanks for including me on your net. Doug"
  • "I like your product as/is but my main interest is news about North & South Korea. I read a lot of print media but your service assures me I don't miss anything especially when traveling."
  • "There should be more from the office of KEDO like press statements "
  • "Thank you very much for your good work. I really appreciate it. "
  • "Thank you for your excellent reporting"
  • "I would like to see more information about China's relations with other countries in Northeast Asia."
  • "As you can see from my comments I like and use the service a great deal. What I would like to see is a comparable service for Southeast Asia focusing on regional security issues."
  • "Your service is invaluable to my research. Thanks!"
  • "Compliments for the Napsnet. Your information is highly useful to me. Just a question: My PhD research is based on Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia. I wonder whether a similar service exists for Southeast Asian studies. If you would know about this, could you give me the information?"
  • "Russia report needs drastic improvement since it misses very interesting and importants pieces from Russian press on Korea, especially those linking Korean affairs and domestic situation in Russia"
  • "two thumbs up to you. You're great!"
  • "This is an extremely useful site and I think it would be beneficial to advertise more on college campuses."
  • "I do appreciate your service. It's been simply wonderful to have all the information and analysis. I came to depend on it. Keep up the good work!"
  • "Timeliness has always been important. That is why US and Korean reports are more valuable to me than those from other countries; the latter are less frequent. I am retired now, and find NAPSNet less important than I did. I considered the service essential when I was still working."
  • "The Daily Report keeps me informed about issues and events by providing information from many different sources, it's great."
  • " Am appreciative for the reliable and wide-scope coverage you are providing."
  • "Expanded coverage of economic issues would be useful"
  • "Excellent source"
  • "Question 13: I have not yet responded to Policy Forums because I have not felt that I had anything useful to add, not because I lack time or interest. None of the responses you provided fit. c was the closest."
  • " I hope it will sustain"
  • "It would be very useful for NAPSNet subscribers, if you add a chronology of major events of NE Asian region (or a specific country) to the Daily Report occasionally (once a month, twice a year, etc.)."
  • "nope, pretty thorough."
  • might be useful to get PRC report from Beijing, rather than Shanghai; supplement, not replace Dingli. One of our grantors called him, he recommended us highly. Would be willing to write more elaborate statement to funders if useful."
  • "It would be perfect if the NAPSNet services could provide more in-depth analysis on the breaking news and its historical reasons, i.e. Japan-ROK fisheries dispute, its impact, its origin and future development predictions"

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