Japan comprises four main islands with over 6,000 smaller islands that stretch some 3,000 kilometers along the northwestern rim of the Pacific Ocean. The central government is located in the capital city of Tokyo, which serves as the hub of both the political and financial sectors and is home to 13.9 million or about 11% of Japan’s total population. Under the postwar democratic constitution and prolonged economic prosperity, Japan’s mass media have flourished to offer information and entertainment to the people. As of 2017, there were 117 newspapers, 128 terrestrial television stations, 12 satellite broadcasters, and 100 radio broadcasting operators in Japan.

Although Japanese media are typically being viewed as homogenous in terms of content, a diversity of views, including highly polemical ones against political authorities, ...

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