- マス・コミュニケーション研究 (ISSN:13411306)
- vol.62, pp.116-133, 2003
The five-minute music program 'MINNA NO UTA' (Everyone's Songs), which has been broadcast on NHK since 1961, has contributed to the popularization of new children's songs. It has created about one thousand tunes, influencing musical education and popular music in Japan. This paper explores the characteristics and meanings of this program by focusing on its text as well as the processes of its production and consumption. My research involved conducting interviews with directors and distributing questionnaires to audiences. My aim is to explain the uses of this program by audiences through their everyday lives and how this TV program contributes to creating new children's songs. My conclusions are, firstly, that this program has a distinctive history that has been flexibly transforming songs into appropriate styles for children in the TV age. Secondly, these songs played a role in constructing a national collective identity for everyone (including grown-ups), especially from the 60s to the 80s, because these texts have functioned as 'national music' mediated by a state channel.