Japan is a unique country if we talk about mass media. Media in Japan is quite different than in other countries. The print and broadcast media have a big influence in Japan. The freedom of speech and press that appeared in Japan after the World War II facilitated a rapid expansion of the mass media. Earlier television and newspapers were the main players on the market but nowadays Internet and marketing have made significant inroads. The Internet has brought many changes to existing print and broadcast media. It completely changed the whole industry.
There are some main newspapers in Japan and many regional and local newspapers. The news is shared not only television and newspapers but also on the Internet. The population is highly literate. Japan is considered one of the literate countries in the world. The high level of literacy provides a high level of interest among people. In Japan, we can see that most stories are presented in a way that supports the political Japan leaders. So the role of newspapers in the modern Japan is still very important. Each newspaper has its own website that allows them to adapt to the modern reality.
Talking about magazines, we can say that a few thousands of magazines are published annually, with the majority of these being monthlies. In addition, Japanese comic books, manga, is very popular in the whole world.
Japanese radio started regular broadcasting in 1926 with the establishment of the nonprofit Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai. NHK had a monopoly on the airwaves and under control of the government. However, it is still the most important broadcast company in Japan. It broadcasts different programms on both radio and television.
Japanese television is considered one of the most popular in the world. A research has shown that people in Japan watch television 4 hours a day. Television in Japan is on the very high level and nowadays Japan is a leader in TV technologies including 3D televisions and EL displays. Satellite television is also quite popular and developed. However, there is a real censorship in Japanese media. There are long lists of words that can not be uttered on Japanese television or printed in Japanese newspapers.
So Japan has a very developed mass media that is considered one of the best mass medias in the world. However, there are some differences and a strong censorship for newspapers, the radio, the internet, and television.
Japan is a unique country if we talk about mass media. Media in Japan is quite different than in other countries. The print and broadcast media have a big influence in Japan. The freedom of speech and press that appeared in Japan after the World War II facilitated a rapid expansion of the mass media.