Tabloid journalism usually takes undeniable facts, makes defendable assertions, engages in some plausible speculation, and, from these elements, concocts entertaining stories that often have a tenuous relationship with the truth. Let me give you an example:
Undeniable fact: Elvis Presley really existed.
Defendable assertion: Elvis Presley had a powerful libido.
Plausible speculation: Intelligent extraterrestrial life exists.
Entertaining story: I am the love-child of Elvis Presley and a space alien!
Actually, this is not so bad. In fact, it is much better than the article that I took up here. Still, there's so much that is wrong about it that it makes me wonder what's going on at the TIME Tokyo bureau.