1. Pop culture influence on politics + international relations (+ domestic policy? too broad?)
see: SMAP -> China perf. cancelled in light of Sino-Japanese tensions increasing over Senkaku etc. etc.
2. Whether pop culture is a reflection of modern values or whether it directly affects modern values
see: spread of variety shows, manzai etc., regional differences --> Kansai vs Kanto etc.
3. The popularity/lack thereof of left-wing politics in Japan and why
see: rise of nationalism and extremism, conflict with China and Korea, compare pre- and post-war period
4. How being an island nation has affected and/or formed its national identity
MEETING: Dr. Ian Caldwell, Oct. 18, 14:15
pop culture focus:
1. Soyeun Kim
2. Irena Hayter
3. Caroline Rose?
politics/international relations focus:
1. Caroline Rose
2. Kweku Ampiah
3. Soyeun Kim