Prof. Kaori HAYASHI, PhD

Kaori HAYASHI holds the position of Professor of Media and Journalism Studies at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies of the University of Tokyo. Since 2021, she is Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo in charge of diversity and global affairs, as well as Director of the B’AI Global Forum. Prior to her academic career, she worked as the Tokyo correspondent for Reuters, and is a contributor and columnist for a variety of media including Asahi Shimbun.

She specialises in media and journalism studies and in international comparative research on the digitalization of media and the transformation of journalism. Furthermore, her research includes the status of women in journalism, the representation of women in media, and gender justice in the world of media. More recently, her research interests turned towards the just use of AI for the future of digital society.

Her publications include Media fushin. Nani ga towarete iru no ka (Tokyo: Iwanami shinsho 2017). Among her recent English publications are “The Silent Public in a Liberal State: Challenges for Japan’s Journalism in the Age of the Internet” in the edited volume The Crisis of Liberal Internationalism. Japan and the World Order, edited by Yoichi Funabashi and G. John Ikenberry, Brookings Institution Press 2020, and “Gendered power relations in the digital age: An analysis of Japanese women’s media choice and use within a global context”, published in 2023 in Feminist Media Studies.