Authors: Fumie Mitani
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to consider a nexus of foreign policy and media on the history perception issues of Japan-Korea relations. Earlier studies show that the media tends to cover pronouncements of political elites and also that the media faces difficulties in covering a secret foreign policy process. This means that the media has little effect on foreign policy process. However, in terms of a linkage between foreign and domestic politics, the media would probably cover feelings or thinking of the public in a coverage of a foreign policy. In Japan-Korea relations, earlier studies point out the importance of media in the issue of history perception. This paper focuses on the Japanese history textbook controversy in 1982 and explains how the media covered it from a perspective of justification.
Keywords: component; media frame, history perception, foreign policy, public opinion, justification