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Media in Japan and the World

About the lecturer

Kaori Hayashi is Professor of Media and Journalism Studies at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo. She is Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo in charge of global and diversity affairs, as well as Director of the B’AI Global Forum, which was set up within the Institute for AI and Beyond at the University of Tokyo. Her most recent English publications include “The Silent Public in a Liberal State: Challenges for Japan’s Journalism in the Age of the Internet” in The Crisis of Liberal Internationalism. Japan and the World Order. Edited by Yoichi Funabashi and G. John Ikenberry. Brookings Institution Press, 2020, 325-358; “A journalism of care” in Rethinking Journalism Again. Societal Role and Public Relevance in a Digital Age (edited by Chris Peters and Marcel Broersma, Routledge, 2016, 146-160). She has also edited and published a number of books and papers in Japanese. For her publication list and recent activities, see:
Prof. Kaori Hayashi

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Media in Japan and the World


1 Subject Media in Japan and the World
2 Field Media and Journalism Studies
3 Key words Media, Journalism, Digital Transformation, Gender, Public Sphere, Comparative Methods
4 Unit 0.5
5 Lecturer Kaori Hayashi
6 Period July 6-8, 2022
7 Time 1:00-2:30pm, 3:00-4:30pm (Japan Standard Time)
8 Lecture style Online (live virtual class)
9 Evaluation Criteria Excellent (S) 90 –100%; Very good (A) 80–89%; Good (B) 70–79%; Pass (C) 60–69%; Fail (D) 0–59%
10 Evaluation methods Attendance and participation 40%. Presentation (3 times) 30%. Final paper 30%
11 Prerequisites No requirements. Participants should read news every day and check current social and political affairs before the class.
12 Contents This course investigates the significance of journalism and media in Japan from a comparative global perspective. The words media and journalism may sound universal to you, but their functions and meanings vary according to the political system as well as historical and cultural contexts of each society. Japan imported the Western type of journalism in the late 19th century when it started to modernize and westernize itself, and the government helped the media industry grow to one of the largest mass media institutions in the world. In the latter half of the course, I will touch upon contemporary issues such as gender inequalities in the media industry as well as their implications and potentials for digital transformation of the media. I will also invite a professional foreign correspondent in Japan as a guest lecturer to shed light on what it is like to work as a journalist in a foreign country. Throughout the course, we will discuss various ideas, roles, people, and environment of the present media in a global context.  
The course consists of five themes:
Day1 Introduction
1. Lecture: Media landscape in Japan and the world
2. Lecture: Key issues and comparative methodologies for analyzing journalisms in the world
Day2 Freedom of the press
3. Discussion: Find one issue of Japanese media that are similar to/different from a case in your country 
4. Lecture: How free is journalism in Japan and the world?
Day3 Inside newsrooms
5. Discussion: Case studies for a free/not-so-free journalism in Japan and your country
6. Lecture: Gendered newsroom: Work culture and professional ethics of journalism 
Day 4 Gendered contents
7. Discussion: Let’s carry out a “gender audit” on a major news outlet of your country
8. Lecture: Stereotypes and representations produced by media
Day5 The rise of the Internet
9. Talking with a foreign correspondent in Japan: how is it like to be a journalist in a foreign country?
10. Lecture: Digital transformation and the future of journalism: any positive signs?
Except for the first and the last day, participants are asked to find at least one case that is related to the theme of the previous lecture and explain in the subsequent class how it compares with an equivalent case in Japan. Make one-page PowerPoint slide for each class for a mini presentation.
A 5-page final research paper is due by the end of July. 
Further details will be provided in class.
13 Required readings Will be provided during class.
14 Reference readings Will be provided during class.
15 Notes on Taking the Course -


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