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Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien

Tobias Weiss

Japanese studies and political science
(PhD Students, September 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015)

Studied Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies and Economics at University of Hamburg. 2007-2008 MEXT scholar at Fukui University, Japan. Since 2012 researcher at University of Zurich, Research Priority Programme Asia and Europe. Several field work trips to Japan. From September 2015 until December 2015 scholarship at DIJ.

Research Interests: Media and Politics, Framing, Sociology of Journalism.


The 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima showed a gap in the portrayal and perception of nuclear power between Japan and other countries. Especially the German media reporting on this topic shows noticeable differences. The project aims to look at the reasons for the contrast between Japan and Germany. Besides the small supply in domestic coal and natural resources, the strong influence of the first oil crisis 1973 and the ideological focus on modernization, science and technology, the close ties between business, the state and the media are important I this respect. In the project I analyze the framing of nuclear power in three Japanese newspapers over an extended period. In a second step I look at organizational, political and economic factors, which influence the framing of nuclear power by journalists. It appears that there exist two contrasting models of “nuclear journalism” with differing normative models and institutional hubs.