From dining tables to personal tablets

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Welcome to Kaori Hayashi's (Univ of Tokyo/Goldsmiths, Univ of London) COMET Lecture!

From dining tables to personal tablets: Japanese mass newspapers and their fate in the age of digital transformation

Japanese daily mass newspapers seem to be one of the very few examples in the world that have been able to sustain the print circulations as well as the traditional structure of the print media industry developed in the 20th century. They have been stubbornly resisting the trends of digital transformation that has overtaken the world of mass media on a global scale. Against this background, this study investigates the social and cultural role of Japanese newspapers in modern Japanese society, and their effort resisting and surviving in the digital age with a particular focus on their unique distribution networks. This investigation sheds light on the significance of print newspapers not only as a medium of news, information or entertainment, but also as an important social and cultural nexus that connects numerous anonymous readers in an expanding space of a modern nation through their delivery networks. Moreover, the case of Japanese journalism would provide valuable empirical insights to those who are interested in the fate of traditional media and its possible future worldwide.

Kaori Hayashi is Professor of Media and Journalism Studies at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo. She previously worked as an economic correspondent at Reuters Japan from 1988 to 1991. After completing her Ph.D. at the University of Tokyo in 2001, she was a post-doctoral researcher in the Sociology Department at the University of Bamberg, Germany on a scholarship from the Alexander-von-Humboldt Research Foundation.

She has served as Managing Director of the University of Tokyo Newspaper as well as a member of Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization (an independent self-regulatory organization of the broadcasting industry in Japan) and a board member of the Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien (German Institute for Japanese Studies). Her remarks have been quoted widely by Japanese, Korean, English, Chinese, and German media. She is a recipient of the Abe Fellowship for the year 2016-17 and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her most recent English publications include “Internet Revolution Revisited: A Comparative Study of Online News.” In: Media Culture & Society 35 (7), 880-897. Co-authored with Curran, James, et. al. “Multi-Layer Research Design for Analyses of Journalism and Media Systems in the Global Age: Test Case Japan” forthcoming in: Media Culture & Society. Co-authored with Gerd G. Kopper. For her publication list, please see:



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