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Japan media guide

time:2023-06-01 17:45:09 source:The Guardian

Japan's broadcasting scene is technologically advanced and lively, with public and commercial media in keen competition. Traditional media are more influential than news websites.

Five TV companies, including public NHK, run national terrestrial networks. Most of NHK's funding comes from licence fees. Many millions of viewers subscribe to satellite and cable pay TV.

News, drama, variety shows and sport - especially baseball - have big audiences. Imported TV shows are not widely shown, but Western influences are apparent in domestic TV fare.  

Newspapers are influential and highly trusted. National dailies sell in their millions, boosted by afternoon and evening editions. Some charge for online access.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says that "tradition and business interests often prevent journalists from completely fulfilling their role as watchdogs".

Under the traditional kisha kurabu (press club) system, institutions such as government ministries and corporate organizations have restricted the release of news to journalists and media outlets with membership in their clubs, says NGO Freedom House.

But it notes that in recent years online media and weekly news magazines have challenged the daily papers' dominance with more aggressive reporting.

Line, co-developed by Japan and Korea, is by far the leading social and messaging application with over 94 million users. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are widely used.

There were 118.6 million internet users by July 2022, comprising 93% of the population (

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