Bal­anced cov­er­age of China-Ja­pan re­la­tions ‘needed’ for bet­ter un­der­stand­ing

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CAIHONGin Tokyo cai­hong@chi­

Bal­anced, com­pre­hen­sive and sen­si­ble cov­er­age of China-Ja­pan re­la­tions is needed, ac­cord­ing to se­nior me­dia pro­fes­sion­als from the two coun­tries who at­tended a fo­rum in Tokyo on Mon­day and Tues­day.

They warned that bi­ased re­ports would fuel mis­con­cep­tions among peo­ple in China and Ja­pan.

Jin Ying, a re­searcher at the Chi­nese Acad­emy of So­cial Sciences, used the East China Sea is­sue as an ex­am­ple.

China and Ja­pan have reached a prin­ci­pled con­sen­sus on­theis­sue, which­has­not­been cov­ered fully in the two coun­tries. Their agree­ment on fish­ing around the Diaoyu Is­lands has barely been re­ported. Also, they have agreed on build­ing a cri­sis man­age­ment mech­a­nism after the­meet­ing be­tweenPres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe in Hangzhou, cap­i­tal of Zhe­jiang prov­ince, last month.

Peo­ple in the two coun­tries are not ad­e­quately in­formed of th­ese con­sen­suses, Jin said.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from ma­jor me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions in China and Ja­pan, in­clud­ing China Daily, China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion, Yomi­uriShim­bun, Ky­o­doNews Agency and NHK, com­pared notes on what role me­dia plays in pro­mot­ing un­der­stand­ing be­tween the two peo­ples.

Gao An­ming, deputy ed­i­torin-chief of China Daily, said me­dia pro­fes­sion­als can play a con­struc­tive role in help­ing peo­ple in the two coun­tries un­der­stand each other bet­ter and re­duce ir­ra­tional feel­ings.

A re­cent opin­ion poll con­ducted by the China In­ter­na­tional Pub­lish­ing Group and Ja­panese think tank Gen­ron NPO showed that 71.3 per­cent of Chi­nese in­ter­vie­wees took Chi­nese me­dia’s cov­er­age of Ja­pan and the China-Ja­pan re­la­tions as fair and ob­jec­tive, while only about 20 per­cent of Ja­panese coun­ter­parts ac­cepted Ja­panese re­port­ing of China and bi­lat­eral ties.

Vet­eran Ja­panese jour­nal­ist Ya­suhiro Tase said that the main­stream me­dia in the coun­try stood be­hind all the Ja­panese wars with other coun­tries, and Ja­pan’s me­dia out­lets have not re­flected on the role they played in the past.

Ryuta Oku­tani, se­nior man­ager of News Re­port­ing Cen­ter’s In­ter­na­tional News Di­vi­sion of Ja­pan Broad­cast­ing Corp, rec­om­mended that fash­ion-ori­ented tourism be de­vel­oped to draw young Ja­panese to China, cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to have ex­changes with theiry­oungChi­nese coun­ter­parts.

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