College of International Relations
Department of International Relations
Graduate School of International Relations
07/1991 University of London School of Oriental and African Studies Graduated
10/2006 Sheffield Hallam Univ. Media Studies Master's course Completed
10/2009 University of Sheffield School of East Asian Studies Doctoral course Completed
BA(Hons) (07/1991 University of London)
PhD (10/2009 University of Sheffield)
1991-1993 Tokyo Broadcasting Systems (TBS)
1993-2002 Reuters PLC
04/2012- Ritsumeikan University,College of International Relations / Associate Professor
■Licenses and qualifications
Cert. TESOL (2005)
■Subject of research
"THEME_1"Visual representation of social reality in television news.
The ideology of news production includes claims of 'objectivity' and 'truthfulness'; does a visual semiotic analysis of the images presented by news broadcasters undermine or support these claims?
"THEME_2"Development of visual semiotic theories appropriate to the analysis and understanding of realistic, time-based media such as television news.
Visual semiotic theory, developed in the social semiotics tradition, does not adequately deal with many aspects of meaning-making in time-based visuals, thus more work is needed to extend the ideas behind visual semiotic thinking and to test these ideas against a range of texts/data.
"THEME_3"Japan's mass industry
The context for production of the images I consider is the particular 'regime of production' which obtains within the media-system in Japan.
In order to understand why images take on the form they do, to some extent, it is also necessary to understand the working practices of image-producers and the structures which inform their working activities.
Visual Semiotics of Television News
My research is aimed at improving the theoretical basis of visual semiotic analyses of time-based visual media, particularly television. My major source of data is the images of television news programs in Japan and the UK though I also attempt to take into account the importance of regimes of production and the 'real-world' nature of producing television news. Thus my research has also extended to working with camera operators and video editors in order to investigate their conceptions of their work and to try to elucidate the unwritten rules which underpin the 'craft' of news camerawork.
Mass media, visual communication, television production, video editing, camerawork, visual semiotics
■Research activities (Even top three results are displayed. In View details, all results for public presentation are displayed.)
Diversity in Japanese Education (Diversity on a Global 30 ‘World Studies’ Program) Sense Chapter 5 (65-81) 2017
"Camera angles in television news: Designed to communicate?" In, Values and Choices in Television Discourse: A View from Both Sides of the Screen Editors: Piazza,Roberta and Haarman, Louann and Caborn, Anne Palgrave Macmillan Chapter 4 2015 9781137478467
Social distance portrayed: television news in Japan and the UK Scott Koga-Browes Visual Communication 12/ 1, 71-96 2013
“At the Digital Watershed: Terrestrial Television Broadcasting in Japan Japanese Studies, Taylor and Francis / Japanese Studies Association of Australia 32/ 1, 445-468 12/2012
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI)
Link to Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research -KAKENHI-
■Teaching experience (Even top three results are displayed. In View details, all results for public presentation are displayed.)
2017 Advanced Seminar Seminar
2017 IR-GS301 Advanced Seminar Seminar
2017 IR-GS401 Graduation Thesis Seminar
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