Culture of the print newspaper

The decline of the Japanese mass press

Authored by: Kaori Hayashi

Routledge Handbook of Japanese Media

Print publication date:  February  2018
Online publication date:  February  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138917415
eBook ISBN: 9781315689036
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There is little analysis of why Japanese newspapers have grown to sell millions of copies in an advanced liberal country where the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech. This chapter explores the economic/cultural/historical foundations upon which newspapers in Japan have flourished. Noting a recent decline in print newspapers, it also considers the consequences of such rapid changes for Japanese newspapers and society at large – which has traditionally been highly dependent on print media.

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