Remarks for the first issue of AJJMS

OISHI Yutaka

President, the Japan Society for Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2015–2017

The Japan Society for Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication respectfully presents the first issue of AJJMS, Asian Journal of Journalism and Media Studies.

Our aim of this journal is to facilitate communication among Asian academic societies for journalism and mass communication studies. Today, Asian countries are faced with political and economic problems, as well as delicate situations arising from poor mutual understanding among various levels of governments, general publics and media. Nevertheless, academic exchanges among Asian societies remain active. We will develop this communication, making it more secure and productive with this journal.

The first issue of AJJMS 2017 consists of three articles, but we hope to raise this humble journal up to be greater and more influential, step by step. We hope to gain support from Asian scholars—and others as well.

May 2017

From the editor

NAITO Tagayasu


About the theme of this special issue : “Japan”

For the first issue of AJJMS, we chose “Japan” as the special theme. In the 1980s, Japan was considered unique, both culturally and socially. In the field of cultural studies, from the 1990s to the present, many critics and Japanese nationals spoke of their appreciation of the uniqueness of Japanese subcultures—or Cool Japan.

In calling for papers for AJJMS No. 1, we defined the theme “Japan” broadly to include not only the country’s domestic issues, but also international relations with Japan. We correctly estimated that we would receive many submissions about various Japanese subcultures because of our broad theme. In the end, we accepted a handful of papers that delivered calm, excellent analyses of Japanese news reports written by both Japanese and US scholars. In the field of Mass Communication studies, we appreciate that Japan was an ordinary research subject without emphasizing its uniqueness.

In the first article for this special issue, YOSHIMOTO Hideko offers a cogent comparative media policy analysis on mainland Japan and Okinawa during the period immediately after World War II, and reveals reasons for disparities in the collective memories of Japanese people from these two regions. The second article, written by NAGAI Kentaro, analyzes a large-scale data set of climate change coverage in Japanese newspapers to create a media map. In the third article, Jay Alabaster studies news coverage of Taiji’s dolphin hunts and reports content analysis results on the birth of a “global prohibition regime” to ban Taiji’s dolphin hunts, based on Western moral standards and promoted by activists in mainstream media coverage.

We hope that this modest issue will be of interest to you.




Yamaguchi Prefectural University (Japan)


Faculty of Intercultural Studies
Yamaguchi Prefectural University (Japan)


Worked as magazine editor in Tokyo and a freelance journalist in USA. Earned Master of Science at Graduate School of Journalism and Mass Communication of San Jose State University and Doctor of Political Science at Waseda University. Fulbright Visiting Scholar at George Washington University 2012-2013.

  1. A Historical Perspective on Press Freedom in Okinawa, Press Freedom in Contemporary Japan, Routledge, London, 2017, pp. 242-251.
  2. Smith-Mundt Act and Okinawa CIE Program 1948-1952, Journal of Mass Communication Studies, No. 88, 2016, pp. 177-194.
  3. U.S. Public Diplomacy and Occupation of Okinawa: Camouflaging Garrison State’s Dilemma (Beikoku no Okinawa Senryo to Joho Seisaku), Shumpu Publishing, Japan, 2015, pp.1-398.

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Collective War Memory Regarding Japanese Surrender

Comparison Between Okinawa and Mainland Japan


This paper explores factors in the framing of collective memory based on a comparative media policy analysis on mainland Japan and Okinawa during the period immediately after World War II. The paper highlights reasons for disparities in the collective memories of Japanese people from these two regions based on their original experiences of the war and Japan’s surrender, U.S. occupation policy on the two regions, and their postwar commemoration traditions. The discussion draws on evidence from official U.S. wartime and postwar documentation. The paper makes a significant contribution to the literature in the field as it highlights the importance of the framing process, which is often largely ignored in collective memory research, as memory is deeply intertwined with society itself.Abstract

NAGAI Kentaro

NAGAI Kentaro

Waseda University (Japan)

Research Student

Graduate School of Political Science
Waseda University (Japan)


Studied in School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University from 2004 to 2008 for the Bachelor Degree of International Liberal Arts, and in Graduate School of Environment and Energy Engineering, Waseda University from 2008 to 2010, researching climate coverage in Japanese newspapers. Studying in Graduate School of Political Sciences from 2011 till now, majoring in Journalism.

  1. Framing of Public Opinion on Environmental Issues in Japanese Newspapers, (paper presented at the 2017 Conference on Communication and Environment, Lester University, UK, on July 1, 2017).

My research field includes the construction of environmental problems in media reporting and the construction of public opinion by opinion poll and media reporting. My central research topic is environment, but I'm going to deal with other topic. I employ a variety of research methods: content analysis with human and computer and discourse analysis.

Mapping Media Attention to Climate Change
 in Japanese Newspapers from 1988 to 2010


This article analyses a large-scale data set of climate change coverage in Japanese newspapers in order to create a media map. A gradual increase in climate coverage with repeating up-down attention cycles is found. Cluster analysis shows topics in climate coverage can be classified into two major categories: climate science and mitigation techniques, and international climate negotiations. Correspondence analysis shows a shift of media attention from climate change as one among several global environmental problems and Japan’s international contribution, towards mitigation techniques. The shift begins in 1997, indicating this year as a tipping point of media attention. Finally, the relationship between political discourse and media attention is discussed, with reference to the media attention cycle model.Abstract

Jay Alabaster


Arizona State University (U.S.)

PhD Student

Adjunct Professor
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Arizona State University (U.S.A.)


Masters at Kansai University in 2014. Currently writing PhD Dissertation on media coverage of Taiji, Japan. Previously worked as a foreign correspondent in Japan for the Associated Press.

  1. Alabaster, J. (2018). Virtual Dolphins: The End of Our Love Affair with Dolphins. Our Animals / Ourselves: The Blurred Line Between Human and Animal in Popular Culture. Upcoming.
  2. Alabaster, J. & Silcock, William B. (2018, May 23). Local at Scale: Examining the Automation of Hyperlocal News. Paper accepted for presentation at Algorithms, Automation, and News Conference in Munich, Germany. Upcoming.

I am based in Japan and actively looking for research partners and projects. Please feel free to contact me.

News Coverage of Taiji’s Dolphin Hunts:
Media Framing and the Birth of a Global Prohibition Regime


The Cove, a US documentary highly critical of annual dolphin hunts in the small town of Taiji, Japan, triggered a surge of global activism aimed at pressuring local fishermen and the Japanese government to stop the hunts. The resulting moral standoff between Western activists and various actors within Japan supporting Taiji fishermen was closely covered by the international and Japanese media. This study uses a content analysis to examine framing and sources in articles about Taiji from the three main Western news agencies—the Associated Press (AP), Agence France-Presse (AFP), and Reuters—as well as the main Japanese news agency, Kyodo News (Kyodo). The study reveals that the release of The Cove corresponded to an overall spike in coverage of Taiji, as well as significant differences in the way the town was portrayed. The results of the study strongly indicate the birth of a “global prohibition regime” to ban Taiji’s dolphin hunts, based on Western moral standards and promoted by activists in mainstream media coverage. Understanding the development of prohibition regimes is crucial today, given the global power and influence of the Western media and its tendency to target different cultures and ideologies.Abstract