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In the world today media is presented in many diverse ways Through radio television magazines books newspapers and the Internet media is everywhere Freedom of the press and media does not come as easily for some countries of the world as it does for others such as the United States Japan Mongolia and North Korea are examples of how vastly different press freedom can differ between countries Japan is a small island chain in Eastern Asia It is located between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan east of the Korean peninsula The islands include the Bonin Islands Daitoshoto Minami-jima Okinotori-shima Ryukyu Islands and Kazan-retto the volcanic islands A proportional area of Japans total size could be somewhat smaller than California Japan is entirely surrounded by water and borders no countries Japan Geography 1996 p1 The freedom of the press in Japan is considered completely free Political parties and government organizations do not control the press in Japan but some unofficial associations between the press and political figures exist Karlekar Sussman 2002 p34 In 1945 at the end of World War II the Japanese surrendered to the Americans and American occupation began The American occupation of Japan was a seven-year period in which the Americans restructured the Japanese government The constitution was rewritten during this time and communism ended Costa 1997 p1 Japan became a free country and even gave its media freedom of the press American occupation ended in 1952 and Japan was left to command itself Penna 2002 p1 The size of Japans media structure is massive They have the biggest newspaper audience in the world Fujimoto Kitada Scuka 2001 p 1 With five national daily newspapers 65 larger regional papers over 70000 books published every year thousands of weekly and monthly magazines television and broadcast radio Japans media is very respectable Its five large newspaper companies dominate Japans media The newspapers have tremendous brand image ownership of
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