Global New View (GNV) is a research centre working towards the realization of an information environment in which people can comprehensively and objectively view the world and the issues it faces. It focuses on the Japanese-language media, and its works are published primarily in Japanese.
Globalization continues at a rapid pace. While the positive impacts of this process are evident, so too are the negative impacts, which can only be properly addressed at a global level. The causes and outcomes of such issues, including inequality, poverty, armed conflicts, the environment and public health, are inextricably linked at a global level. Events and phenomenon that are distant and that initially appear to have little bearing on our lives may well be connected to us in some way. In this day and age, anyone has the potential to be a part of the problem, or a victim of its consequences. If we choose to take action, we can also become a part of the solution. In order to exist in this world, and in order to make it a better place, it is increasingly necessary for us to maintain a broad and multifaceted perspective of the world, and thus deepen our understanding of it.
The infrastructure necessary for such an information environment is already in place. Thanks to the development, proliferation and increasing affordability of information and communication technology – including satellites, the internet, smartphones and SNS platforms – our ability to gather and disseminate information on a global level is unprecedented. Paradoxically, however, the media institutions tasked with providing us information about the world, have not been increasing their coverage of the world. Conversely, in some cases decreases in coverage have been observed. World news in the Japanese media, for example, makes up less than ten percent of its total coverage.
But the problem with world news is not only the dearth of quantity. Geographical balance is also lacking. While some regions of the world are the object of concentrated coverage, others are virtually absent from the news. The former tend to be those in which there are countries and/or people that are connected in some way to the 'home' country, or in which wealth and power are concentrated. As a result, whether or not an event or phenomenon is covered by the media depends less on the scale of the issue, and more on the nationality, ethnicity and/or socioeconomic status of those involved.
The hindrance of the flow of information by national boundaries, and geographical imbalances in the information that is offered, are among many issues facing the media's coverage of the world today. How the recipient of information perceives the world, depends greatly upon how, and from whose perspective, that information is presented. In its current state, the picture of the world that the news media presents to us makes it exceptionally difficult to objectively view and make sense of the world in which we live. GNV was created with a view to changing this situation – furthering the establishment of a more open and comprehensive information environment.
What GNV offers
GNV is comprised of two key parts: Global View (GV) and News View (NV).
GV offers commentary on events, phenomena, trends and perspectives that are not covered by the mainstream media. The commentary is intended not to oversimplify complex issues, but to make them more understandable. The selection of topics is made with due consideration to geographical balance, and without a focus based on ethnicity, nationality, power or wealth. It aims to examine, from a broad perspective, the causes and current state of issues facing the world, as well as possible countermeasures.
NV offers analysis of (and identifies trends in) the world news produced by the Japanese media.
It examines the world news in terms of quantity, geographical distribution, topics covered, and several other perspectives. It provides regular quantitative reports based on original data gathered and analyzed by GNV, as well as topic-specific analyses. It focuses primarily on key Japanese language newspapers (Asahi Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun, and Mainichi Shimbun), but where possible extends its examination to other media institutions based both locally and abroad.
Staff and Guest Writers
GNV data anaylsis methodology