Keitai in Japan

Authored by: Kyoung-hwa Yonnie Kim

Routledge Handbook of Japanese Media

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

Print ISBN: 9781138917415
eBook ISBN: 9781315689036
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315689036-21

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Abstract

This chapter explores mobile media (keitai) and communication in Japan, as a key to understanding contemporary modes of Japanese daily practices. As a powerful test-bed for new technology, Japan adopted mobile media and wireless internet quite early so as to provide an excellent example of the possible future of mobile societies. Focusing on Japanese youths as cultural pathfinder for the global adoption of mobile technology, this chapter presents and discusses different cultural forms of mobile practices in Japan to investigate the relationship between mobile technology and its social manifestations.

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