After World War II, in view of the cankers resulted from absolutism, the idea of the right of freedom became widely accepted internationally, especially the importance of the protection of the expression freedom. If any power of dictatorship intends to control its citizens’ thought, the simplest way is to restrict the freedom of expression by means of dominating media in all form; therefore, the importance of the protection of the expression freedom is now the most crucial concepts of the right of freedom. Moreover, most countries, including Japan, have been focusing its importance in their constitution for protection.
However, in recent years, because of the influence of internet, the issues about the aggressiveness done to individual’s privacy and reputation has been increasing more and more; therefore, Japanese government started to restrict the media by resorting to state power. Media Kisei Sanhouan (the three bills of the media regulation) is one of the examples, which has become the focus nowadays.
Thus, the purpose of this dissertation is to realize the relationship between the media regulations and the protection of expression freedom, and also the influence of the restriction on media. For reaching this goal, this dissertation will discuss the media regulations from the viewpoints of the expression freedom in constitution.
Besides, due to the fact that the internet had not appeared when this law was made, this dissertation will also discuss the influence which the appearance of internet brought to the original expression freedom theory and the law system of the regulations of media thereat.