More Japanese people are reading news on their smartphones or computers than in morning newspapers, a survey by the Japan Press Research Institute and reported by the Japan Times showed. It was the first time for that result.
In a 2008 survey, some 90 percent of the respondents said they read morning newspapers, but that fell to 68.5 percent in this year’s poll.
Print, however, beat the internet in terms of credibility. On a scale of 100, the reliability score for newspapers edged up to 68.7, while that for online sources fell 2.1 points to 51.4.
This year’s survey addressed “fake news” for the first time. About 40 percent of respondents said they knew the term, and the same percent said they consider whether material they read is fake.