chapter  17
Culture of the print newspaper
The decline of the Japanese mass press
ByKaori Hayashi
Pages 16

There is little analysis of why Japanese newspapers have grown to sell millions of copies in an advanced liberal country where the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech. This chapter explores the economic/cultural/historical foundations upon which newspapers in Japan have flourished. Noting a recent decline in print newspapers, it also considers the consequences of such rapid changes for Japanese newspapers and society at large – which has traditionally been highly dependent on print media.