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Book Talk

A Sociology of Japanese Youth: From Returnees to NEETs

Friday, June 1, 2012   19:30 - 21:00

  • Yuki Imoto
  • Tuukka Toivonen
  • Sachiko Horiguchi

Over the past thirty years, Japanese youth culture has made a major impact on consumer markets, as fashion subcultures and mass media (especially mobile technology and manga/anime) have inspired youth around the world to emulate “Cool Japan”. Yet at the same time that the pop culture they have inspired has risen to international prominence, youth in Japan have endured a succession of social problems, provoking concerns about their health and well-being.

This symposium looks at some of the best-known of these problems, from the concern over the so-called returnee children (kikokushijo) in the 1970s, to the panic over young girls selling themselves for sex (enjoy kōsai) in the 1980s, to the debates over physical punishment (taibatsu) and child abuse (jidō gyakutai) in the 1990s, to the most recent issues of young people shutting themselves away in their room (hikikomori) or appearing to withdraw completely from both the education and the labour market (NEETs).

Drawing on detailed empirical fieldwork, the authors of a new volume entitled “A Sociology of Japanese Youth: from Returnees to NEETS, set these issues in a clearly articulated ‘social constructionist’ framework that explains why particular youth problems appeared when they did and what lessons they can provide for the study of youth problems in other societies.

In this symposium, honoring the recent release of this volume, the authors Yuki Imoto and Tuuuka Toivonen will firstly give an introduction to the volume. Sachiko Horiguchi and Tuukka Toivonen will then provide glimpses into their respective chapters on hikikomori and NEETs.

Date & Time:
Friday, June 1, 2012   19:30 - 21:00 (Doors open at 19:00)
2F, Azabu Hall
Temple University, Japan Campus
2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Kyle Cleveland (ICAS Associate Director)
If possible, we ask you to register by E-mail (icas@tuj.temple.edu) , but we always welcome participants even you do not register. / 参加登録はなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。


Yuki Imoto

Tuukka Toivonen

Sachiko Horiguchi