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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsAfter WWII, Douglass MacArthur, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, once said of Japanese people that "Measured by the standards of modern civilization, they would be like a boy of twelve as compared with our development of 45 years." Immaturity is one of the key terms that describes Japan after modernization. As Masahiko Abe argues in The Strategy of Infantility (2015), youth, infantility, immaturity, and fragility are eventually related to contemporary otaku culture. If so, then how can immature people build up relationships with others? Is it possible that we can mingle with others without growing up? What do protagonists in subculture narratives want in their relationships with others?

Infantility and fragility

Do you see immaturity and infantility in Japanese subcultures? Prof. Ogushi will give you some questions related to immaturity.

In this activity, we will discuss “immaturity” and “infantility” in Japanese subculture before we get into the topic of “Love” and romantic relationship. Let’s read some materials in the next step in order to get the historical context of “immaturity” and “relationality” in contemporary Japan.

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An Introduction to Japanese Subcultures

Keio University

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