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Interrogating Japan's Soft Power

February 25, 2006
The University of Texas at Austin
Dean's Conference Room, GEB 3.312

This interdisciplinary conference explored historical and contemporary avenues of Japan's influence abroad. Departing from a narrow conception of soft power that focuses on popular culture, leading scholars of Japan were invited to explore the roles of aesthetics, narrative, religion, science and national branding in generating soft power for Japan.

Participants included:
Anne Allison, Duke University
Christine Guth, Stanford University
Iwabuchi Koichi, Waseda University
William LaFleur, University of Pennsylvania
Susan Napier, University of Texas at Austin
Takayuki Tatsumi, Keio University
William Tsutsui, University of Kansas
Yamada Shoji, Nichibunken Institute

This conference was co-organized by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Contact Information:

Contact Nancy Stalker
Center for East Asian Studies