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ONLINE LECTURE: Politics of Climate Action in Contemporary Japanese Society

Online lecture organised by Eiko Honda, as part of her class on contemporary politics in Japan, but also more broadly open to EH folks

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Thursday 23 March 2023,  at 14:15 - 15:00


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Eiko Honda

We will discuss the politics of climate activism among contemporary youths in Japan-specific context, including rhetorical strategies they employ, generational dynamics, public criticism, and impacts of the work on their mental health.  We will be joined by a special guest lecturer Isao Sakai (b.2001), a climate activist and one of the initiators of the Fridays For Future Tokyo. He has been involved with the action plannings, foundation of national network, and strategy plannings to change the government's energy policy since high school. Currently, he is studying Environmental Humanities and Peace Studies at Earlham College in Indiana, US.

Required Reading

  • Reimann, Kim. “Japan and the Environment” in The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Politics (2021), pp.620-642.
  • Nixon, Rob. “Introduction” in Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. Harvard, 2013, pp.1-44.

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