JAWS Workshop 2019
15-17 April 2019
Decades of perceived accessibility to material goods and a broad range of educational and cultural possibilities led to an increased individualization and the building of personalized private spheres in many areas of Japanese society. However, the political and socio-economic developments backed by natural and human-made catastrophes during the last two decades have changed part of these individualization tendencies and led them into new and often socially charged channels. New types of networks and spaces for sharing are emerging due to an extensive use of diverse social platforms. This leads to renewed ways of interaction starting from very narrow circles of family, friends and acquaintances, extending over neighborhoods to interregional and international ones. After the Tōhoku Triple Disaster, topics related to networking, sharing and volunteering have not only gained momentum in the public discourse, in academia and in the entertainment industry but also have become the normal for many an average citizen in everyday life.