1st Edition

A Sociology of Journalism in Japan The Last Empire of the Press

By César Castellvi Copyright 2024
    174 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    174 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book represents an in-depth analysis of journalism in Japan during the golden era of the daily press and the gradual introduction of digital technology starting from the mid-1980s to the late 2010s.

    By presenting firsthand testimony from journalists and field notes collected from fieldwork in the newsroom of one of the country's largest newspapers, this book provides a unique insight into Japan’s highly active yet relatively under-institutionalized journalistic profession. It also explores the changes experienced by the organizational development of Japanese journalism in response to broader changes in Japanese society, such as the emergence of social networks, the evolution of reading practices, the demographic situation, and the new aspirations of the Japanese youth.

    Based on an extensive ethnographic fieldwork carried out by the author over several years, this book will be of huge interest to students and scholars of Japanese society, journalism, and media studies.


    1. Mapping the Daily Press

    2. A Career in a National Newspaper

    3. Japanese journalists and their sources

    4. Total commitment and crisis of callings

    5. Feminization of the editorial staff

    6. From anonymity to the construction of a “journalist star system”


    Afterword: The political consequences of Japanese journalism's dependence on the organizational model


    César Castellvi is a sociologist and Associate Professor in Japanese Studies at Université Paris Cité, France.