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Mass Media in Japan

Mass Media in Japan
Katja Valaskivi

Research into mass media in Japan has mostly been separate from the Japanese studies discipline. Although Japanese studies has become increasingly interested in issues involving media, mass-media studies, particularly studies of audience reception, seem to keep their distance from Japanese studies (for a recent example see Takahashi, 2010). For media studies, obviously, media is the focus. However, in Japanese studies media is not the object of study itself, it is simply a source of research material on Japan or the medium through which research on Japanese politics, social phenomena, international relations or history can be studied.

One could argue that for Japanese studies mass media has largely been a window to look into Japan rather than a focus of study as such. For instance, the media system ...

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