This book focuses on the rhetoric used by members of the political elite and the news media in Japan as the core of political dynamics in this country. Based on the notion that political society is formed by language, and that in a broad sense the essence of politics is talk, this book examines the multifarious aspects of political discourse in Japan. The author investigates how political rhetoric varies according to the circumstances and intended visibility of events; the structure and focus of political news; the language and methods of information sources to disseminate information; and the tone of language used by Diet members and officials to shape the countrys political culture.
Ofer Feldman is Professor of Political Behaviour at the Faculty of Policy Studies, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. He received his PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Tokyo in 1986. He is the author of Politics and the News Media in Japan (1993), and The Japanese Political Personality (1999); the editor of Political Psychology in Japan (1999); and the co-editor of Politically Speaking (1998), Beyond Public Speech and Symbols (2000), Profiling Political Leaders (2001), and. Political Leadership for the New Century (2002).
Introduction: Discourse and the Conventional Wisdom of Japanese Politics; The Nagatacho Beat: Writing with Wolves; Beat Reporting and the Search for Information; Two Sides of the Political Coin: Facade and Substance in Public Talk; "Yes, But ... Well ... Maybe ... They Say So ...": Analysis of Replies during Televised Political Interviews; Metaphorically Speaking I: Political Processes on the Front and Back of the Stage; Metaphorically Speaking II: Political Roles on the Front and Back of the Stage; Lampooned Prime Ministers: The Implicit Meaning of Editorial Cartoons in Japanese Dailies; Continuing the Conversation: Slogans, Names, and Moods; Index.