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

By Isa Ducke

Using case reports, interviews, and empirical resources, this publication analyzes the suggestions and effect of net use via civil society actors and asks how worthy it's for his or her paintings – does the supply of net instruments switch the best way voters’ teams paintings, does it impact their effectiveness, and does it accomplish that otherwise in Japan from different countries?

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

Isa Ducke has produced an unique paintings that might be of curiosity to scholars and students of eastern politics, media and knowledge know-how and civil society.

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A good overview of the development of the Japanese Internet, including Internet access via keitai, is available in Coates’ and Holroyd’s (2003) book, Japan and the Internet Revolution. Although it focuses on economic aspects of the Internet, and its broader coverage tends to be a bit overenthusiastic and at times superficial, the book describes the history of Internet introduction in Japan as well as regulatory issues, the Civil society and the internet in Japan 18 road to the keitai revolution and the situation of e-commerce in great detail.

Surveys also offer some insights into the extent to which users access the Internet via different devices and what they actually use it for. In one survey in 2002, the greatest fear of Internet users, much more relevant than concerns about viruses or fraud, was about personal information being misused (Nakano kuhō 2002a). Still, security concerns did not prevent many people from using the Internet. In the Sōmushō poll in late 2002, which indicated a user rate of 54 per cent, the reason most often cited by non-users for not going online was that they felt no need (Asahi Shinbun 2003c:3).

6 Many would apparently prefer a phone without Internet functions (Asahi Shinbun 2004f:15; 2005a; see also Tu-ka 2004). The Internet and new technologies in Japan 25 The surveys indicate numerous other differences in the use of Internet, keitai and mobile Internet. Not only do they clearly show the existence of several digital divides in binary terms (user/nonuser) alone: people in less-populated areas, for example, use the Internet less than average. The way and intensity in which new media are used also differs greatly (Asahi Shinbun 2004d).

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