The End of Cool Japan: Ethical, Legal, and Cultural Challenges to Japanese Popular Culture – Mark McLelland

Simon Turner

Abstract


In 2002, Douglas McGray published an article in Foreign Policy discussing Japan’s status as a soft power superpower, including its use of popular culture. Much attention has since been paid to Japanese cultural and creative industries ranging from examinations of anime, manga, pop music, street fashion, and film, to name but a few. Today, access to Japanese popular culture has only increased with innumerable anime and manga series available (illegally) online through fan sites. With increased access and proliferation has come increased concern. Legal cases related to inappropriate examples of Japanese popular culture have emerged in the West and, within the world of journalism in particular, a critical eye has continued to question and probe any perceived inappropriateness within the output of Japanese creative industries. The End of Cool Japan (2017), a collection of essays edited by Mark McLelland, takes this curiosity as its basis and offers readers [...]

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Japanese Pop Cultures; Japan

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