At this joint Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies-JUMP event, Carl Gabrielson discussed the connections between Japan’s global efforts to promote its popular culture and the domestic agenda of expanding the country’s defense capabilities. He showed how internationally-recognized pop culture institutions such as Pokémon and AKB48 are linked to nationalist ideologies and public relations strategies regarding Japan’s historical militarism and the present-day reconfiguration of the Japan Self-Defense Forces.
Mr. Gabrielson is a JSPS/EAPSI Summer Research Fellow at Hitotsubashi University and a Ph.D. student in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of U.S.-Japan Relations at Lakeland University Japan from 2011-2015. His research looks at military-societal relations in Japan, and he is currently studying Japanese cultural education programs on U.S. military bases. You can learn more about him and his past work on his academic site.
• Mr. Carl Gabrielson, JSPS/EAPSI Summer Research Fellow at Hitotsubashi University and a Ph.D. student in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
• When: August 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
• Program: Start the evening by joining a 5:30pm-6:30pm reception, featuring a light meal, drinks and excellent conversation. Find seats at 6:30.
• Where: Yokosuka Honcho Community Center, fourth floor,〒238-0041 2-1, Honcho, Yokosuka-shi
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