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Political Extremism in Japan

Time and Location

April 27, 7pm JST


What do anti-communist sound trucks, anti-imperial anarchists, anti-war teenagers, and anti-racist countermovements have in common? In this talk, Professor Smith will discuss the post-WWII history and contemporary status of several activist movements in Japan, based in part on his fieldwork since 2005 into the Japanese far right. As activist movements engage each other, lay society, the Japanese government, US-Japan relations, and Japan’s relationship with Asian neighbors, they offer insight into the dynamism of political life in contemporary Japan.

The event will be recorded and published in YCAPS’ web archive. Questions are encouraged during the live event.



Professor Nathaniel M. Smith is an anthropologist of Japan and an associate professor in the College of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. He holds degrees from Yale, Waseda, and the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Smith is a former Japan Foundation Fellow and a member of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future.

Visit Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) website for more information.

This event is supported through the Japan Foundation New York’s Salary Assistance Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

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