The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Media is a comprehensive study of the key contemporary issues and scholarly discussions around Japanese media. Covering a wide variety of forms and types from newspapers, television and fi lm, to music, manga and social media, this book examines the role of the media in shaping Japanese society from the Meiji era’s intense engagement with Western culture to our current period of rapid digital innovation.
Featuring the work of an international team of scholars, the handbook is divided into five thematic sections:
- The historical background of the Japanese media from the Meiji Restoration to the immediate postwar era.
- Japan’s national and political identity imagined and negotiated through diff erent aspects of the media, including Japan’s ‘lost decade’ of the 1990s and today’s ‘post- Fukushima’ society.
- The representation of Japanese identities, including race, gender and sexuality, in contemporary media.
- The role of Japanese media in everyday life.
- The Japanese media in a broader global context.
Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this book will be of use to students and scholars of Japanese culture and society, Asian media and Japanese popular culture.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Why the Japanese media? Fabienne Darling-Wolf
PART I: The rise of Japanese media
1. Who’s the ‘great imitator'?: Critical reflections on Japan’s historical transcultural influence, Fabienne Darling-Wolf
2. Girls’ magazines and the creation of shōjo identities, Sarah Frederick
3. Gender, consumerism and women’s magazines in interwar Japan, Barbara Sato
4. Eusociality and the Japanese media machine in the Great East Asia War, 1931–1945, David C. Earhart
5. Fire! Mizuno Hideko and the development of 1960s shōjo manga, Deborah Shamoon
6. Sport, media and technonationalism in the history of the Tokyo Olympics, Iwona Regina Merklejn
PART II: Media, nation, politics and nostalgia
7. Born again yokozuna: sports and national identity, Michael Plugh
8. Changing political communication in Japan, Masaki Taniguchi
9. ‘National idols’: the case of AKB48 in Japan, Patrick W. Galbraith
10. Media idols and the regime of truth about national identity in post-3.11 Japan, Yunuen Ysela Mandujano-Salazar
PART III: Japanese identities — plural: race, gender and sexuality in contemporary media
11. Queering mainstream media: Matsuko Deluxe as modern-day kuroko, Katsuhiko Suganuma
12. Mediated masculinities: negotiating the 'normal' in the Japanese female-to-male trans magazine Laph, Shu Min Yuen
13. Writing sexual identity onto the small screen, seitekishōsū-sha (sexual minorities) in Japan, Claire Maree
14. Housewives watching crime: mediating social identity and voyeuristic pleasures in Japanese wide shows, Michelle H. S. Ho
15. Beyond the absent father stereotype: representations of parenting men and their familities in contemporary Japanese film, Christie Barber
16. Japan Times’ imagined communities: symbolic boundaries with African Americans, 1998–2013, Michael C. Thornton and Atsushi Tajima
PART IV: Japanese media in everyday life
17. Culture of the print newspaper: the decline of the Japanese mass press, Kaori Hayashi
18. Japanese youth and the usage of SNS: peer surveillance and the conditions governing tomodachi, Kiyoshi Abe
19. On manual bots and being human on Twitter, Amy Johnson
20. Keitai in Japan, Kyoung-hwa Yonnie Kim
21. Character goods, cheerfulness and cuteness: ‘consumupotian’ spaces as communicative media, Brian J. McVeigh
22. Nature, media and the future: unnatural disaster, animist anime and eco-media activism in Japan, Gabrielle Hadl
PART V: Japanese media and the global
23. Cultural policy, cross-border dialogue and cultural diversity, Koichi Iwabuchi
24. I hate you, no I love you: growing up with Japanese media in (postcolonial) South Korea, Sueen Noh Kelsey
25. Remade by Inter-Asia: the transnational practice and business of screen adaptations based on Japanese source material, Eva Tsai
26. Anime’s distribution worlds: formal and informal distribution in the analogue and digital eras, Rayna Denison
Conclusion: Final reflections on the Japanese media’s global voyage, Fabienne Darling-Wolf
Fabienne Darling-Wolf is Professor of Journalism and Director of the Media and Communication Doctoral Program in the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University, USA. Her recent publications include Imagining the global: Transnational media and popular culture beyond East and West (2015).