Research article

The rise of the far right in Japan, and challenges posed for education

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  • Yuka Kitayama

Abstract

This paper examines emerging far-right movements and xenophobia, and the challenges they pose for justice in education in Japan. It illustrates discourses on nationalism and cultural diversity in both education and wider society from the perspective of critical race theory. It explores the voice of educators, particularly about their concerns and uncertainties regarding xenophobia, and examines their perceptions and reactions. By focusing on the narratives of interviewees from different ethnic backgrounds, this paper investigates far-right extremism and its challenges to education from different viewpoints. Data from interviews reveals different perceptions among both majority and minority teachers regarding the culturalization and personalization of problems in the classroom. This data also suggests that due to the absence of collective strategies and visions to challenge racism, approaches to combating racism depend largely on individual teachers. Drawing from these findings, this paper argues that culturally focused discourses among teachers and politicians may conceal problems beyond culture, such as structural inequality and the legacy of colonialism.

Keywords: FAR RIGHT, POPULISM, XENOPHOBIA, COLONIALISM, ZAINICHI KOREAN

How to Cite:

Kitayama, Y., (2018) “The rise of the far right in Japan, and challenges posed for education”, London Review of Education 16(2), 250–267. doi: https://doi.org/10.18546/LRE.16.2.06

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17 Jul 2018
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