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More people get news from Internet than newspaper, Japan Press Research Institute poll

  • January 20, 2018
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 7
  • JMH Translation

In the fiscal 2017 nationwide opinion poll survey conducted by the Japan Press Research Institute, some 71.4% of pollees said they obtain their news on the Internet. This exceeds the 68.5% who said they read the news in the morning newspaper. This is the first time for the Internet to surpass the morning paper as a news source. Asked which media they trust, ratings for NHK TV, commercial TV, and radio each rose slightly year on year, while trust in the Internet declined.


Those reporting they read the news on the Internet rose by 1.8 percentage points from last fiscal year, while those saying they read the morning paper to get their news decreased by 1.9 points. This same question has been asked since fiscal 2010, and “Internet” posted a record high while “newspapers” marked a record low in the recent poll.


Pollees were asked to rate how much they trust the information provided by each media on a scale where 100 is a perfect score. NHK TV ranked highest at 70.0 points, followed by newspapers (68.7 points), commercial TV (59.2 points), and radio (58.2 points). These figures represent increases of from 0.1 to 0.6 points over last fiscal year. Trust in the information on the Internet, however, dropped by 2.1 points to reach 51.4 points.


For the first time ever, the poll asked pollees about fake news. Some 41.9% of respondents said that they “know the term,” while 24.4% said that they “have heard the term but do not know what it means” and 33.4% said they “do not know the term.”


The survey was taken in Nov. 2–21, 2017, of 5,000 men and women aged 18 or over selected from the basic register of residents. Responses were received from 3,169 people.

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