Department of Contemporary Liberal Arts: Ms. Asuka Murai
Asuka Murai
Department of Contemporary Liberal Arts
Associate professor

Publication date: 2023.06.29
Showa Gakuho: From faculty introductions
Asuka Murai
From 2023, two new teachers have joined the Department of Contemporary Liberal Arts.Therefore, we interviewed Associate Professor Asuka Murai, one of the new appointments.Based on her TV program production experience, she teaches mainly media theory, conducts research, and is also in charge of seminars.
《Classes in charge》
Media Communication Theory
media theory
mass media and modern society
socio-economic statistics
I am in charge of classes mainly related to media, making use of my knowledge as someone who has experience working inside the media.She is also in charge of the statistics necessary to acquire the qualification of a social researcher.

I am in charge of media-related classes such as media theory and media communication theory.What do you want to convey to your students through your classes?
Media is in a time of great change.Above all, the mass media, where I have worked, is about to usher in a new era as one of the contents on the Internet.Mass media has been criticized in the past, but I hope that students will learn from past examples and think constructively about what kind of media should be created in the future. I would be happy ifI would be happy if I could not only be a person aiming for a job related to media in the future, but also a person who can cultivate media properly as a recipient of media.
Please tell us about your background (career) before you joined Showa Women's University.
After graduating from university, I started working at a TV production company.After that, I became a freelancer and produced TV programs for a total of 17 years. I became interested in it and wanted to study it.
So I enrolled in a master's course at a graduate school and studied television.After that, she returned to the field and worked part-time as a TV program director while teaching media-related classes at university.
What kind of programs did you produce as a director?
As a director until 2013, he mainly produced news programs, information programs and documentary programs such as Fuji TV's "The Nonfiction" and TV Tokyo's "Cambrian Palace".After that, he was involved in program research and video production for non-TV shows.I didn't intend to quit directing TV programs, but my girlfriend's husband was transferred to England, and I lived in Japan for half a year and in England for half a year. I feel like I didn't
While my husband was stationed in England, I wanted to take care of my part-time work at a Japanese university, so I chose to stay in Japan during that period.On the other hand, the UK is regarded as a world-leading country in media literacy education, and I interacted with prominent professors at the University of London, asked about media literacy education in the UK, and conducted research activities.
What kind of themes are you researching about media?
I have two. First, what is the difference between how TV program producers and viewers view TV?I am researching what kind of media literacy education is for understanding each other's differences.
The other is researching what constitutes the ability to convey what you want to convey using videos on smartphones, etc., and what kind of things should be taught to develop that ability. Masu.
Asuka Murai bookshelf
After coming to Showa Women's University after studying at another university, what kind of impression did you have on the students?
It is "serious".I also felt that they were active in school classes and activities.Depending on the school, some students don't go to school at all, but I don't think it's that kind of university.The teachers also think about activities that meet the needs of the students, and the students enjoy them, so it's a really good university.
Do you have any concerns about conducting specialized classes?
I am always thinking about what kind of activities I should do to gain a deeper understanding of a single matter.In my class, I do not just give lectures, but I incorporate a lot of activities using worksheets.Because I think I can learn more deeply.In addition, I think about what topics we should discuss in order to deepen our learning.
Please say something to the students.
I feel blessed to have been admitted to a good university.The university offers many opportunities to engage in various activities, so I want you to make the most of it and spend your four years feeling like you have done everything you want to do.
<After the interview>
From the students' point of view, there are many events throughout the university, and I feel that there are many things that the students themselves are involved in.I am also taking classes with the teacher, and it is impressive that he spends a lot of time talking (because I lose my concentration if I just listen to him talk).It is clear that Professor Murai has worked in the media industry, where it is necessary to respond flexibly.She has a lot of media knowledge, has a seminar, and I look forward to learning more.

Aiho Kato, member of the school newsletter
XNUMXnd year student in the Department of Contemporary Liberal Arts.she likes booksSuspense novels are my boom for her.