Media capture and information monopolization in japan*

Pak Hung Au, Keiichi Kawai

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We investigate the unique institution of the Japanese press industry called the kisha club system. By tracing through its history, we show how the kisha club system has developed as a result of the government's attempt to control the media, and the media's incentive to use the opportunity provided by the government to limit rivalry within the industry. By providing a simple model that links the distribution of political power and the media capture, we explain why this institutional arrangement has been so persistent in Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-147
Number of pages17
JournalJapanese Economic Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Mar
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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