Abe Fellowship Colloquium - Japanese Traditional Media in the Digitalization Generation: Global Data Comparison

, 5:30am –
Sakura Hall 2nd Floor, Japan Foundation


林香里  Kaori Hayashi

東京大学大学院情報学環 教授 安倍フェロー(2014年度)

Professor, Media and Journalism Studies, The University of Tokyo /Abe Fellow(2014)



神保哲生  Tetsuo Jimbo


Journalist, Founder and CEO/Editor-in-Chief of Internet TV "VIDEONEWS.COM"



杉田弘毅  Hiroki Sugita


Columnist, Kyodo News




In many developed western countries, the increase in digital media use has been accompanied by mass ideological polarization, which has given rise to discussions of "distrust in the media." Matters have only worsened with the spread of "fake news" on social media platforms. This has recently garnered attention as a pressing social issue. So, what is the situation in Japan?

Compared to western nations, polarization of views and/or a distrust in the media is not as observable among the general populace. The general public of Japan appear to believe that Japanese media, in the midst of a high growth period, is overall "unbiased, non-partisan journalism," and do not take a critical stance toward its methods of expression or political nature. On the other hand, there is an observable right-wing shift and radicalization of certain segments of the media. The indifference of average citizens to these segments has created a disconnect between the media and the general populace that only deepens as, in a vicious cycle, the media attempts to bridge the disconnect by radicalizing further. In this presentation, Dr. Kaori Hayashi (Professor at the University of Tokyo and 2004 Abe Fellow) will review comparative global data on these issues, and see what we may discern about the present, and the future, of Japanese media in the digitalization generation.