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The Media: The Neglected Discourse, Vol. 5 - 1998, No. 1

Mass Communication Research in Japan

, pages: 59-69

Scientific research in mass communication began in Japan through interpreting and reexamining the theories and hypotheses developed during 1940s and 1950s in the United States and Europe. A major part of research has been carried out by universities and research institutes established by media associations. The Japanese Society for the Study of Journalism and Mass Communication, the nation's largest academic association for mass communication research, now has more than one thousand members including journalists and mass communication rsearchers and scholars. The resarch interest is widely dispersed today and articles and books appearing every year covers a wide range of issues. Although most of them are published in Japanese, there are some published in English presenting unique research orientations.

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