Japanese Television Essay

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Japanese Television

At first glance, Japanese television seems something of a paradox. If
not direct conflict to, it seems to reflect little of the dignified
nature of Japanese culture and society, yet it is vital to
contemporary Japanese life. The average household in Japan watches
between seven and a half to eight hours of television per day, and has
more than one set[1]. Japanese viewers have been captured by a medium
that has been designed to hold their attention through culture,
ideology and a quasi-intimate interaction between the TV presenters
and their audience. Such relationships are formed by a depiction of
uniformity, solidarity, spontaneity or; combinations of the three.
Though not
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This implies that al Japanese people are
organically linked to the archipelago and thus, the viewer. The appeal
here is the notion of "uchi" or Japanese unity as a nationality. Such
unity can also be created by the Japanese wide shows. A loose western
equivalent would be the pre-noon breakfast shows, where two or more
presenters introduce a range of guests who show case their talents for
the audiences entertainment. Except the Japanese equivalent, for the
most part seems more malicious; often pitting guest against guest in
return for the chance to win mundane prizes. The most prominent
example is 'London Boots' which has two friends; often local
celebrities, singers or models, talk about each other behind the other
back and then films the reactions as each learns what the other has
said. The option is given to each individual if they wish to remain
together or separate. If their decision matches the opinion of the
studio audience, they can win the prize of the day[5].

Perhaps one of the least obvious domestic augmentary influences of
Japan's inclusive society, is the Japanese food talk show. Broadcast
in every time slot, in every season, by every channel; food shows are
seemingly more affable than other…

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