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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