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Continuity and Change in Japan Post-3.11

Participants joined in conversation with the University of Washington’s Justin Jesty, Associate Professor in Asian Languages and Literature who introduced some of major topics and trends of the past 10 years in Japan. The 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown, and the 2021 Olympics were major focal points. We also discussed domestic and global politics and social problems like social withdrawal (hikikomori) and population aging.

This workshop was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC) in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington with funding from a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).


August 13, 2020, 9:30-11:30 am (PST)

This is a virtual program – instructions on how to join this meeting on Zoom weree sent the day before the event.

Program Leader

Justin Jesty, Associate Professor in Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington.

Melanie King, Interim Associate Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at South Seattle College.


  • Online resources
  • 2 free Washington State OSPI clock hours