20th JAMCO Online International Symposium
March to August, 2012
The Great East Japan Earthquake: Japanese TV Coverage and Foreign Reception
These images were not only broadcasted in Japan but also in other countries to convey the appalling, destructive strength of the tsunami. However, even if broadcasters share the same images, they often deliver news in different ways. While the KBS correspondent Mr. Kim said that the Japanese TV reports were restrained, Mr. Sato of NHK said that “the calm behind the headlines” received recognition. On the other hand, the Taiwanese correspondent Mr. Hsuan mentioned how the calmness of the reports provided sense of security to the audience while it also seemed as if there were organizational conservativeness behind the screen.
In the global age where people, goods and information travel back and forth around the world, it is important for the Japanese media to send out information. The March 11th Earthquake forced them to do so, which in turn surfaced the nature of Japanese TV reports.
How media should have reported such massive natural disaster and the pros and cons of Japanese reporting methods are some of the issues that are worth verifying for the sake of all nations. In that sense, this online international symposium deserves attention.
Sending out information to the world will continue to be a major challenge. TV stations are not only broadcasting sensational images over and over but are also making verification programs in order to improve their reporting capabilities, save more lives and lessen damages. They are also making programs that provide opportunities to think about deep issues, for example accepting the death of someone close, standing back up from disasters and holding on to hope. I would like to expect more of these programs to be broadcasted abroad.