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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
November 14, 2019

Political Communication in the Age of New Media – Investigating the Reception of Right-Wing Populist Communication Strategies in the Japanese Blog Scene

The rise of populist politicians has significantly influenced political communication and public discourse around the world. In the light of the ongoing mediatization of politics, populist politicians have been found to manage new media as alternative platforms for political communication particularly effectively.

The study combines quantitative and qualitative methods to examine the reception of right-wing populist communication in the Japanese blog scene using the digital analysis tool TopicExplorer. Besides introducing this tool, the presentation will show how digital methods such as topic modeling can be used to determine relevant discourses and narratives in a Japanese blog corpus regarding the topic of migration.

Katharina Dalko, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg