De-Westernising Media Literacy: Japan

This webinar in the series “De-Westernising Media Literacy: Perspectives on Pedagogies, Practices and Theories of Media Education” discusses the theories, policies and practices of media and information literacy in Japan.

Media Literacy in Japan

May 31, 2022

13:00–14:00 p.m. CET (“Scandinavian time”), see time zone map

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Media Literacy in Japan


Maarit Jaakkola (Nordicom): Welcome (5 min)

Kyoko Murakami: Current Status and Challenge of Media Literacy in Japan (10 min + Q & A), slides

Jun Sakamoto: Disinformation, Conspiracy Theories, and Propaganda – Media Literacy Theories in Japan (10 min + Q & A), slides

Yoko Miyazaki: Approaches to Media and Information Literacy Education Using a Social Media Simulator” (10 min + Q & A), slides

News and announcements, wrap-up (5 min)


Kyoko Murakami, PhD, is Director of the Asia-Pacific Media and Information Literacy Education Centre and Lecturer at Hosei University in Japan. She was also former Director and among the founding members of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL). Her research interests include media and gender issues in education, children/students’ collaborative activities and cross-cultural/inter-cultural understanding, and MIL and civic participation.

Jun Sakamoto, PhD, is Professor at the Faculty of Lifelong Learning and Career Studies at Hosei University in Japan. He is also the Director of a Library Media Specialist Training Course, Hosei University Director of Japan Society for the Study of Basic Education and Literacies (JASBEL), Director of iEARN Japan (JEARN), and a representative of Fukushima ESD Consortium President of Asia-Pacific Media and Information Literacy Education Centre (AMILEC).

Yoko Miyazaki, PhD, takes initiative in promoting media literacy programs for schools and colleges, as well as manages some study sessions on platform reforms and international relations at Media Research Institute of SmartNews since April 2019. Before joining SMRI, she was a director of a consulting company, an deputy director at Cabinet Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

She holds LL.M from University of Tokyo, MPA from Kennedy School, Harvard University and a Doctor of Policy Studies from National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.

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