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  • Politically charged pop is creating tension in Japan
  • Politically charged pop is creating tension in Japan
    Matthias Lambrecht, Creative Commons (2011) ©
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Is patriotism still big in Japan?

‘I’m glad to be Japanese!’ It’s a thought that two-thirds of Japanese people have had. But with nationalism’s long, sordid history in the country, some debate whether it can be taken too far. With a recent spike in patriotism in Japan's popular culture, how is it translating to the rest of the world?

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Patriotism has a long and sordid history in Japan’s pop culture. From anti-American comic books in the wake of WWII to a more recent spate of politically charged pop music, films and TV broadcasts, it can take many forms in contemporary Japan. Many see this as troubling, and these tensions have been fuelled by Prime Minister Shinz┼Ź Abe’s reinterpretation of Article nine of the country’s constitution, allowing its military to participate in combat overseas – previously outlawed by its post-WWII constitution. [1]

These tensions are as present in pop culture as they are in politics, ...

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