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The Japan Zoominar @ UC San Diego brings together new insights, knowledge and opinions on current events in Japan. Experts from around the globe are invited as speakers and contributors, with the goal to create a vibrant exchange and deepen our understanding of Japan’s role in the world.

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Girl Culture is No Joke
May 17, 2022 at 4 p.m. | Register
Trends in Japan’s female oriented-culture are the bread and butter of journalistic snark. From power spot hunting to self-photography, many activities are regularly viewed as trivial, silly, and wasteful. One consequence is that lucrative domains such as the beauty industry and the divination industry are ignored or trivialized in both scholarship and media. Laura Miller takes feminized occupations, pastimes, and consumption out of these misogynistic frames to examine their actual cultural and economic significance.

Media and Crisis Communications in Japan
May 31, 2022 at 4 p.m. | Register
Since we now all have cell phones with cameras, each of us is a journalist. This poses new concerns for media organizations and spokespersons, and it challenges reputation management for everyone. While the underlying challenges are global, and thus the same everywhere, specific applications on how to frame and deliver communications can have local flavors. We will parse out the commonalities and regional differences in this conversation on crisis handling and media management.