Dr. Mayuko WATANABE
Media and Human Rights Laboratory
Media Scholar and Journalist
Ph.D. in Media and Governance
Mayuko WATANABE is an award winning journalist, a scholar, and an author
specialized in media literacy, gender and sexuality. Her research interest through
nearly 20 years of career including as a TV news reporter has been the way of
regulatory policy of obscene expressions. She received her Ph.D. in Media and Governance
from Keio University.
Her doctoral thesis is:
New Dimension of the Regulation of Child Pornography:
Japan’s Current Legal System of Virtual Child Pornography and Issues
in International Comparison.
Not only teaches media theories at several universities, she also works on the Japanese Government to apply a concept of "Dignity in Obscene Expression" to its
regulatory policy. She has served as a lecturer of Internet moral education for Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and also as a lecturer of human rights for
Ministry of Justice.
・International Telecommunications Society (ITS) Conference 2011
Current Research Interest
In late years, the young people in Japan tend to see obscene information more frequently by the flood of magazines, comics, and adult videos that handle obscene contents, and especially by the spread of the Internet.
While Japan is known as the country called "pornography superpower," parents and schools are not going to face the sex education directly. Therefore, the young people rely on the media as a textbook of sex.
Based on the result of her survey of male and female university students, she examines how the obscene information of such media is associated with youths’ behavioral and normative beliefs about having sexual intercourse, and harmful effects for their sexual communication.
・ Watanabe, Mayuko. International trend and human rights over child pornography:
the future agenda of Japan. In Information and Communications Policy Review No.10 March,
Mayuko. A Review of Research which Discusses the Effects of Obscene Harmful Information
from Old Media to the Internet. In The Japan Society of Information and Communication Research No.30 (2), 2012
・ Watanabe, Mayuko. Regulations and Media Literacy Education on Online Obscene Harmful Information:
A Japanese Perspective.
In UNESCO: Media & Information Literacy Clearinghouse / Keio Communication Review No.34, 2012
・ Watanabe, Mayuko (2010). When Children Expose Their Secrets Online: addicted to SNS. Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., Tokyo.
・ Watanabe, Mayuko (2008). The Truth of Cyber bullying. Minerva Publishing, Inc., Kyoto.
・ Watanabe, Mayuko (2007). Media Literacy for Adults. Liberta Publishing Co., Ltd., Tokyo.
Radio documentary: Suicide of 16 years old boy - What did the bereaved family fight against?
・ Highest award from the Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association
・ Award for excellence from the Hoso Bunka Foundation
Education・ 2017 Ph.D. in Media and Governance from Keio University
・ 2013 Withdrawal from the Doctoral Program with the Completion of Course Requirements,
Media and Governance, Keio University, Tokyo
・ 2006 P.B.D. Communication, Simon Fraser University, Canada
・ 1998 B.A. Human Science, Keio University, Tokyo