Japanese Popular Culture in East and Southeast Asia: Time for a Regional Paradigm?

    Over the last two decades, Japanese popular culture products have been massively exported, marketed, and consumed throughout East and Southeast Asia. A wide variety of these products are especially accessible and readily apparent in the region’s big cities. Many Hong Kong fashion journals, for example, are Japanese, in either original or Cantonese versions. Japanese comic books are [...]

Japanese Government Support for Cultural Exports

From the end of World War Π until the mid 1980s, the Japanese government did very little to promote the export of Japanese cultural industries and products to the world – especially to East and Southeast Asia. In sharp contrast to its large investment in promoting the export of industrial developments, such as cars and electronics, the government did not treat “culture” as an object of [...]