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Team Research ProjectsFY 2018

Cultural Creativity in a Shrinking, Divided, and Impoverished Society


The Japanese population began to decrease rapidly from 2008. In 2015, it is said that an in- creasing number of Japanese did not feel their lives to be affluent because disposable house- hold income had dropped to the level of thirty years before. Under such conditions, various disparities have emerged within the society: between the well-off and the poor, between Tokyo and other parts of the country, between the four main islands and Okinawa, between “Japanese” and others, between the elderly and young people, between the able-bodied and the disabled, between the sexual majorities and minorities, and so on.
 In such times, what sort of culture do people produce and enjoy? Is there emerging in Japan today something, which connects to new ideas and values? Does there exist nothing which is not the product of institutional or social pres- sures?
 The theory goes that this is “metamodern- ism,” an age in which culture and society swing like a pendulum between multiple poles. The perspective of a “fair culture,” which brings people “a good life,” rather than a wealth of “goods,” seems necessary. In this team research project, we also discuss whether the fair participation in cultural production can possibly contribute to enhancing understand- ing about and creativity in Japanese culture of today and the near future.

Research Representative 山田 奨治 国際日本文化研究センター・教授
Team Researcher 松田 利彦 国際日本文化研究センター・教授
佐野 真由子 京都大学大学院教育学研究科・教授/国際日本文化研究センター・客員教授
吉村 和真 京都精華大学マンガ学部・教授/国際日本文化研究センター・客員教授
田村 美由紀 総合研究大学院大学・大学院生
谷川 建司 早稲田大学政治経済学術院・客員教授
小川 さやか 立命館大学大学院先端総合学術研究科・准教授
荻野 幸太郎 NPO法人うぐいすリボン・理事
太下 義之 三菱UFJリサーチ&コンサルティング芸術・文化政策センター・センター長
沢田 眉香子 フリーランス・編集者、ライター
服部 正 甲南大学文学部人間科学科・准教授
松村 圭一郎 岡山大学大学院社会文化科学研究科・准教授