In Japan, TV Viewers Keep Eyes on North Korea
As a journalist for Fuji TV in Japan, Nobuyuki Nose is used to being the one with all the facts. Over the course of his career, he has become a specialist in national security. In recent years, that has become an especially critical news beat in Japan, which due to its location just across the Sea of Japan from North Korea, is directly in the line of fire should the exchange of insults between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un escalate into an actual war.
Over the course of his career, Nose has also come to realize that, while reporters still have specialized skills, they are no longer the only ones with access to information and the ability to broadcast it. “Now, Internet users can shoot and send high quality images and their opinions from their smartphones,” he says, via Skype from Tokyo. “And the Internet has become widespread, and the number of users with specialized knowledge has increased.” It occurred to him that, with the resources of Fuji TV, he could create a program of video footage posted by audience members and provide some commentary.