Civil Society and the Internet in Japan (Routledge by Isa Ducke

By Isa Ducke

Using case experiences, interviews, and empirical resources, this publication analyzes the options and impression of web use by way of civil society actors and asks how important it truly is for his or her paintings – does the provision of web instruments swap the way in which voters’ teams paintings, does it impact their effectiveness, and does it achieve this another way in Japan from different countries?

Four attention-grabbing experiences take a better examine the function of the web throughout the heritage textbook controversy; concepts of small citizen's teams; comparisons among net use in Japan, Korea and Germany; and the way the net is used as a platform to debate the dispatch of eastern troops in Iraq.

Isa Ducke has produced an unique paintings that may be of curiosity to scholars and students of jap politics, media and data expertise and civil society.

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2002:19). Much of this defensiveness and vague uncertainty probably still stems from the same lack of knowledge and technical skills—it is only becoming more embarrassing to answer that ‘I don’t know how to use it’. 5 per cent) are rare (Nakano kuhō 2002a). The more detailed questionnaires of the World Internet Survey Project also asked for the types of websites accessed by those who use the web. While the analysis of these surveys takes longer to become available than purely quantitative access data, the results offer useful insights even when they are somewhat outdated.

In quantitative terms, even less relevant is the political use of the Internet. Even the high number of subscribers to Prime Minister Koizumi’s famous weekly newsletter, which peaked at over two million and remained above one million about four years after its introduction, does not prove that all subscribers are ardent readers of the newsletter (Koizumi 2005). Once subscribed, it may be more bothersome to unsubscribe than to delete one more message per week. The numbers of e-mails actually sent to government The Internet and new technologies in Japan 27 agencies give a slightly better indication of the online participation: in May 2001, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs counted up to 1,000 messages per week, mostly regarding the dismissal of a popular foreign minister.

Two of them are syllable alphabets, but most of the important words are written in the non-alphabetic Chinese ideographs that do not lend themselves easily to keyboard input. It is not surprising, then, that fax machines spread vociferously and are still an important fixture in most households, and that digital word processors were greeted as a salvation from the incon venience of typewriters (Tanikawa 2003). For a number of reasons, the Internet itself took longer to take off. In a political context, the Internet has primarily been used as a one-way tool to spread information, be it in town information sites for citizens or in Prime Minister Koizumi’s weekly newsletter launched in May 2001.

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