China’s online population is already the world’s largest and is continuing to expand with a year on year increase of 40%+. This is just my observation but when comparing Tokyo JR Yamanote subway Line and Beijing Subway Line 1(the busiest public transportation means for both countries) during morning rush hours, I rarely see people in Beijing glancing over the printed newspaper as much as I would see in Tokyo. It seems like a majority of people in Beijing prefer means of internet to surf the news. Again, the demographics on who takes the subway in Beijing is different from that of Tokyo. We also can’t overlook the difference in the cost of living between Japan and China as a majority of people in Japan will take the subway for its efficiency and low cost as opposed to in China where income gap is on a larger scale, most high income people in Beijing will unlikely take the 2RMB(about 30US cents) subway ride to work but rather get stuck in the world’s busiest roads just because they can afford a car.
Go Katayama – Photojournalist in Beijing by Go Katayama is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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