Japan Country Case Information


As of March 2010, preliminary coding of newspaper articles has been completed by the Japan case and it was presented at the 4th COMPON Open Workshop. It was also presented at the July 2010 meeting of the International Sociological Association; figures from that presentation are below. Please contact Koichi Hasegawa for more information about the Japan case.


Note: Results can also be obtained from the Japanese team's own website here (most information in Japanese).

The COMPON Japan team selected three major newspapers: Asahi, relatively progressive, Yomiuri, relatively conservative and Nikkei for an economic newspaper. We found the differences of article types by publication, categorized by both of primary topic and scale. Asahi mainly highlights local problem and also emphasizes the importance of changing culture. Nikkei focuses on national policy-making discuss, and economic and energy related issues. Yomiuri provides global news more than other two publications.

Newspapers Used

The COMPON Japan team calculated articles proportion by primary frame. The proportion of policy-making frame was almost half of all. We suppose that this ratio was bigger than other countries. Instead, "science and technology" category was less remarkably, only 5.5 % in 2007 and 6.5 % in 2008.

Primary Frame

Primary Frame by Newspaper

Primary Scale

Primary Scale by Newspaper

Primary Category

The annual frequency of climate change articles by publication shows three peaks in 1997, 2001, and after 2007. 1997 is the year the Kyoto conference was held. 2001 is the year the US withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol. The increasing number after 2007 is a common trend with other countries.

Annual Frequency of Climate Change Articles

We checked which organizations have strong influence on climate change debate using by the DNA's Co-Occurrence algorism. The result reflects media's cognitive map on the influence of each organizations related.
It shows that we have two focuses in the discourse on climate change. The one is "Post-Kyoto," especially, "Japanese Government" has argued very strong, and some foreign governments and Intergovernmental Organizations are surrounding. The other is "Eco-Production," "Energy Resource" and "Emission Trading." Mainly Business Companies have argued strongly these issues, though Japanese Government has much influences. Relatively speaking, Asahi writes articles on various groups, and Nikkei narrows down the players.
There we did not find any political parties or major NGOs. This shows they are not major key players of the climate change policy making. This might have been typical networking pattern in Japan before September 2009 when the ruling party changed after a general election.

Basic Data of Target Media

Frequency of Organizational Sector

Percentage of Appeared Organizational Sector

Frequency of Frame Types

Percentage of Appeared Frame Types

Organizational Frame Network - Asahi

Organizational Frame Network - Yomiuri

Organizational Frame Network - Nikkei

General relation map between main Issues, related support sectors and opponents in 2007

General relation map between main Issues, related support sectors and opponents in 2008

The COMPON Japan team includes the following members who contributed to this work:
Koichi Hasegawa, Susumu Kitagawa, Tomomi Shinada, Hiroshi Noda, Keiko Hirao, Kazuhiro Ikeda, Syunsuke Kishi, Keiichi Satoh, Tomoyuki Tatsumi, Takashi Nakazawa, Yasuhiko Sugiyama, and Fumiya Fujihara.

Mitigation Information

  • For information on Japan's Climate Competiveness Index, click here. You will need to select Japan from that page, since it is not possible to link directly to a country's information.
  • An EarthTrends country profile on Climate and Atmosphere for Japan is available here.
  • The most recent national communication from Japan on the steps taken to implement the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change contains a huge amount of information on both adaptation and mitigation in Japan; it also includes a summary of greenhouse gas emissions. Much additional information is available on the UNFCC site; some relevant information is described in the UNFCC overview on the COMPON website.

Additional Information

For additional information on climate change in Japan, please consult the links below: