- University of Zurich, Aula Magna KOL-G-201
- Kojiro Shiraishi Ambassador of Japan in Switzerland
- Europa Institut
- University of Zurich
- Swiss-Japanese Society
- Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce
Ambassador Shiraishi shares his life-long experiences as a political journalist of Yomiuri Shimbun Newspaper, first by touching upon the correlation between democracy and newspapers, and then summarizing the history of rise of modern Japanese newspaper industry from 19th century through to late 20th century to contrast to recent challenges it faces in the digital age. Mr Shiraishi lastly argues how the industry would reshape its business model to survive for the future, to maintain the spirit of journalism, the importance of facts, truth, freedom and responsibility of the press. This talk would be the compass of journalism to enlighten the path in these unnerving times.