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

By Isa Ducke

Using case reports, interviews, and empirical resources, this e-book analyzes the options and influence of net use by means of civil society actors and asks how beneficial it really is for his or her paintings – does the provision of web instruments switch the way in which electorate’ teams paintings, does it impression their effectiveness, and does it accomplish that another way in Japan from different countries?

Four interesting reports take a more in-depth examine the function of the net in the course of the background textbook controversy; concepts of small citizen's teams; comparisons among web use in Japan, Korea and Germany; and the way the web is used as a platform to debate the dispatch of jap troops in Iraq.

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Although the speed of different broadband connections varies, they do make the Internet and particularly the World Wide Web more accessible. As the usual Civil society and the internet in Japan 24 amount of data on each site increases, dial-up connections become even slower and more expensive. The most outstanding feature of the Japanese Internet landscape is the high penetration rate of mobile Internet. 2 Share of Internet users in Japan, projected from surveys (source: Nielsen/Net Ratings 2001–4; Sōmushō 2004a).

Some offer advice for those already involved on the benefits (or disadvantages) of registering their organization as NPOs and on the relevant steps for doing so. Others give tips on NPO management, cooperation with companies or public relations issues. Numerous ‘voluntary action centres’ and support organizations offer a similar practical service and even more information booklets as well as collections of newsletters and leaflets from various groups. They may list appropriate organizations conveniently by geographic area or time slots for which they need volunteers (TVAC 2002).

Even if the FIFA poll does not prove whether most viewers indeed liked the Korean team best, it is a proof of online activism in Korea. Apart from technical manipulation, this can also be achieved by mobilizing others to vote in such polls (or again, to manipulate them). Both the mobilization or manipulation and the failure to do so tell us how the groups involved in the issue at hand use the Internet and how much importance they attach to Internet activities. 2 The Internet and new technologies in Japan Introduction This chapter gives an overview of the use of new technologies in Japan in the years between 2000 and 2005, including its main features, with some background regarding the developments in the 1990s.

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