AbstractBy the time news of the Taisho emperor’s death spread in the land, Japan was no more the international weakling of the Meiji period that had signed unequal treaties. Yet, modernisation brought about not only economic but also social developments that were propelled by the establishment of western style news media. Asahi Shimbun has been fortifying the ranks of Japanese national newspapers since 1879 when it began circulation as an illustrated publication. Back then, English journalism served as an example for papers and Asahi has been so successful that, in addition to staying afloat, it has today built up a circulation of 7.96 million copies for its morning edition (Asahi Shimbun Company 2017). The reviewed book examines how [...]
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