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Eli M. Noam and The International Media Concentration Collaboration

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199987238

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987238.001.0001

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Media Ownership and Concentration in Japan

Media Ownership and Concentration in Japan

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(p.801) 26 Media Ownership and Concentration in Japan
Source:
Who Owns the World's Media?
Author(s):

Kiyoshi Nakamura

Teruaki Asari

Yoshiharu Ichikawa

Koichiro Hayashi

Hajime Yamada

Sho Yamaguchi

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987238.003.0026

This chapter is about media ownership and concentration in Japan. After an overview of the Japanese media industry, the chapter focuses on print media (newspapers, book publishing, magazine publishing), audiovisual media (radio, broadcast television, multichannel TV platforms, video channels, film), telecommunications media (wireline and wireless telecom), and Internet media (Internet Service Providers, search engines, online news market). Media concentration and ownership in Japan has not changed drastically for many years. The major five broadcasting firms, some of whom also own major newspapers, dominate mass media. broadcasting licenses and spectrum allocation. The main content firms are the public NHK, Fujisankei, Asahi Shimbun, NTV, TBS, Yomiuri Shimbun, Toho, Mainichi Shimbun, and Nikkei. Dentsu, the main advertising agency, functions as an informal coordinator. Japan tends to prefer evolution to revolution, making the incremental approach preferable, even in telecom and Internet services. Here, the dominant firm is NTT-part owned by the government-as well as KDDI and a disruptive newcomer, Softbank. Other tech-media firms are Rakuten and Sony.

Keywords:   Japanese media market, IT services, print media, mergers, telecommunications, Internet, NTT, KDDI, Softbank, NHK, Fujisankei, Asahi Shimbun, NTV, TBS, Yomiuri Shimbun, Toho, Sony

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