At least for a while, it appears Times Higher Education Supplement, which recently re-launched its online presence, is making its archived news content available for free.
The following link is actually a search of the archive which I did using my name, 'Jannuzi', as the search term. It called up 17 articles that I wrote for THES between 2000-2006.
The articles of 2005-6 are for the most part still current. The analysis articles on the reform and re-chartering of Japan's national universities, which appeared in 2000-1, prove surprisingly predictive and accurate given the limited information I had to work with at the time.
I plan to draw on some of these past articles for future discussions at the Japan Higher Education Outlook Blog in the near future.