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Youth Cultures in Post-Bubble Japan: From Rebellious Schoolgirls to Reclusive Men

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July 8, 7am EDT / 8pm JST


The Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) presents a weekly webinar series on Japanese culture and society, Getting to Know Japan Series.

How have young people navigated their lives in the so-called “lost decades” in post-bubble Japan against the backdrop of a rapidly ageing society? In this lecture, Professor Sachiko Horiguchi will provide an overview of changing youth cultures since the 1990s and will highlight how representations of gendered subcultures—from rebellious kogal high school girls to reclusive otaku and hikikomori men—symbolize both the stagnation and transformation that Japan has experienced in the last three decades.

This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged. It will not be recorded. The event is free, but registration is required.

Click here to register. Visit the YCAPS website to learn more.

The webinar series is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.


Sachiko Horiguchi is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Temple University, Japan Campus. Her research interests lie in the social and medical anthropology of Japan with a particular focus on youth mental health issues, education, and emerging multiculturalism in contemporary Japan. Her recent publications include “‘Unhappy’ and Isolated Youth in the Midst of Social Change: Representations and Subjective Experiences of Hikikomori in Contemporary Japan” in Life Course, Happiness and Well-Being in Japan (Routledge, 2017).

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