Political Extremism in Japan
Time & LocationSeptember 27, 9pm EDT (September 28, 10am JST)
The Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) presents a weekly webinar series on Japanese culture and society, Getting to Know Japan Series.
What do anti-communist sound trucks, anti-imperial anarchists, anti-war teenagers, and anti-racist countermovements have in common? In this talk, Dr. Nathaniel 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. Dr. Smith is a former Japan Foundation Fellow and a member of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future.
This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged. It will not be recorded. The event is free, but registration is required.
The webinar series is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.
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.