Japanese Youth Nationalism

Japanese Youth Nationalism

The 74th Stockholm Seminar on Japan

The study of taken-for-granted nationalism and day-to-day unconscious flagging of national symbols in established nations is increasing. There are also studies that emphasize how ecstatic events, such as the Olympics and the Football World Cup, concretize national identities. By critically engaging with these concepts, Kazuya Fukuoka delves into the nature of Japanese youth nationalism. What are its sources? How do the Japanese youth perceive national symbols such as the national flag and how is it related to their sense of nation?

Speaker: Kazuya Fukuoka is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of International Relations at Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, USA).  His research interests include collective memory, nationalism, and IR of East Asia.  His works appear in Nations and Nationalism, Asian Politics & Policy, International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, and edited volumes such as Routledge Handbook of Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia and Northeast Asia’s Difficult Past (Palgrave Memory Studies) among others. 

Discussant: Ernils Larsson, Doctoral student at Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre                                     

Moderator: Linus Hagström, Professor of Political Science at the Swedish Defence University and Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)

The Japan seminar series is jointly organized by the European Institute of Japanese Studies at Stockholm School of Economics, the Asia Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies at Stockholm University and the Swedish Defence University. It features monthly seminars on Japanese economy, politics and society.


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