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東京大学公共政策大学院 | GraSPP / Graduate School of Public Policy | The university of Tokyo

UTokyo ISS Lecture: “News headlines and ethnic minorities in Japan: Reporting the `hate speech law` of 2016” November 13, 2018

Deadlines/Event Dates November 22, 2018

The Contemporary Japan Group at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Social Science (ISS) will hold the lecture as follows.
Pre-registration is not required.

News headlines and ethnic minorities in Japan: Reporting the `hate speech law` of 2016

Thursday, November 22, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Akamon Sōgō Kenkyūtō Room 549, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

In this talk we present the results of the first stage of a long-term
project: `News media and ethnic minorities in Japan: representation, discrimination, diversity`. The final aim is to provide a more precise, nuanced analysis of media discourse about ethnic minorities than existing qualitative (critical discourse analysis) and quantitative (statistical analysis) methods allow, and to develop a machine learning tool instrumental in that kind of analysis. We intend to reveal a variety of subjective attitudes towards minorities that media implicitly promote, such as indifference, reluctance, hostility, aggression, favour, and enthusiasm. We start with a selective analysis of the media debate surrounding the so-called `hate speech law` (Anti-Discrimination
Act) enacted in Japan in 2016. We take a closer look at the types of facts relevant to both hate speech and the Act reported in Japan’s five leading national newspapers. The analysis is based on a sharp distinction between facts, reports and opinions. This distinction turns out to be challenging when applied to precise analysis of media texts.
Nevertheless, we argue that it is a proper starting point for investigating how news media shape the gradation of attitudes towards minorities—an urgent topic for all contemporary societies, including Japan.

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