Shin Takahashi, Victoria University
Looking for someone who can comment on Japan? Get to know Shin Takahashi, a lecturer in Japanese Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.
What are you working on right now?
I am writing a book based on my doctoral thesis about the rise of transnationalism within the local peace movement in Okinawa. At the same time, I have started my next project, which is, broadly speaking, civil society in regional Japan in the era of “creativity”. In this project, I plan to explore the local impact of today’s advanced capitalism and deepening globalisation on social and political communities in regional parts of Japan.
Tell us a fun fact about you:
I grew up on the eastern side of Kanagawa Prefecture in the vicinity of Tokyo. Since I left Japan at the age of 20, I’ve met quite a few people in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and even here in Wellington, who came from the same hometown. All of them used to live walking distance from my parents’ house.
What’s your favourite film about Asia?
My recommendations are all films made by Yamada Yoji. Yamada is very good at portraying very ordinary people’s lives and intimate human relationships as warm, comic, and often hopeful. One of his most well-known movies is The Twilight Samurai, which was nominated for an Oscar.
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