UDC 327


Chupakhina Lyubov Evgenievna
Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service
4th year student, The faculty of International Relationships

This paper critically examines the development of what is known as ‘pop-culture diplomacy’ in Japan. In the postwar era, the country’s cultural diplomacy was propelled by the necessity to soften anti-Japan perceptions, notably in Southeast Asia. In the late 1980s, the popularity of Japanese media culture in Asia began to attract the attention of policy makers, while subsequent globalized practices of soft power and nation branding gave greater emphasis to the use of media culture to internationally enhance the image of the nation, which has meant the promotion of ‘pop-culture diplomacy’ and, more broadly, ‘Cool Japan’. It is argued that pop-culture diplomacy goes no further than a one-way projection and does not seriously engage with cross-border dialogue. The Japanese case also shows that pop-culture diplomacy hinders meaningful engagement with internal cultural diversity and suggests the necessity of taking domestic implications of cultural diplomacy seriously.

Keywords: Cool Japan, cultural diversity, international cultural exchange, nation branding, pop-culture diplomacy

Category: 23.00.00 Political sciences

Article reference:
Поп-культурная дипломатия в Японии // Modern scientific researches and innovations. 2016. № 1 [Electronic journal]. URL: https://web.snauka.ru/en/issues/2016/01/62616

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