Journal of Japanese Studies 37:2 (2011) Cultural Migrants from Japan: Youth, Media, and Migration in New York and London. By Yuiko Fujita. Lexington Books, Lanham, Md., 2009. x, 205 pages. $70.00. Reviewed by Junko Sakai Rikkyo University The Japanese, especially young Japanese, seem to have increasingly globalized lifestyles and enjoy studying and traveling abroad and interacting with people from other nations more than ever before. Thus, they appear to have new, flexible identities. Since the end of the bubble economy in the 1990s, the discourses of Nihonjinron that were prevalent during the years of rapid economic growth no longer seem to represent the contemporary Japanese. Not only have discourses of Nihonjinron been severely criticized but the ongoing recession has made it practically impossible to provide core Japanese workers with a sense of pride as excellent workers. For example, there is not enough job security even for male core workers--it is no longer surprising when male breadwinners suddenly lose their jobs. In addition, only two-thirds (68.8 per cent) of new college graduates find full-time jobs1; the rest may have to endure working irregularly. The discourses of the so-called postwar Japanese system have disappeared as the Japanese economy suffers from
The Journal of Japanese Studies – Society for Japanese Studies
Published: Jul 28, 2011
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