講演・口頭発表等

国際会議
2010年8月22日

Reporting the ‘High Treason Incident’ (1910): Politics and debate in The Yomiuri Shimbun

Centennial Commemoration of the High Treason Incident
  • Yusuke Suzumura

記述言語
英語
会議種別
口頭発表(一般)
主催者
Bond University
開催地
Gold Coast, Australia

It is well known that the Yomiuri Shimbun, a local paper in Tokyo in that time, stood upon the position of British way of constitutionalism and opposed to the Meiji oligarchy. In fact the tone of The Yomiuri Shimbun was so liberal that it was often shut down by the authority.

From the view based on this background, we could say that the Yomiuri Shimbun criticised not only the attitude of the authority which held a closed-door court and controlled information about the trial, but also blamed the media which regarded anarchists as the absolute vice. An editorial titeled “Dispel a misconception: Hoping the truth will be cleared in suitable time” (8th January 1911) was symbolic in The Yomiuri Shimbun’s attitude3.

As a conclusion, we could also say that The Yomiuri Shimbun was at its element as a liberal newspaper in reports on "High Treason Incident". At the same time, it was the origin of the future shape of The Yomiuri Shimbun which had many editorial staffs and reporters who felt and had sympathy for socialism and communism and was called as “Haven of socialists and communists” in the 1920s.

リンク情報
URL
http://www.lib.unimelb.edu.au/collections/asian/jsaa/bond2010aug.pdf