Special Lecture Series: Vulnerable Populations in Japan under Covid-19

All talks on Zoom. Please register from the link in the flyer (PDF)
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# Date Time (JST) Title Speaker(s) PDF
1 10/7 17:00How are Tokyo’s Independent Restauranteurs Surviving the Pandemic?James Farrer
2 10/14 19:00The Coronavirus Crisis: Disability Politics and Activism in Contemporary JapanMark Bookman
3 10/21 19:00The Coronavirus Crisis: Disability Politics and Activism in Contemporary JapanRei Ando, Nakajima Sachi
4 10/28 19:00In the Age of COVID-19 ? Indian restaurants and the Indian cooks in JapanMegha Wadhwa
5 11/4 19:00Japanese Freelance Workers Struggle during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Social Media, Critique, and Political ResistanceSatsuki Uno, Robin O’Day
6 TBD TBD Vietnamese Technical Trainees in Japan Voice Concerns Amidst COVID-19 (Cancelled)Bao Quyen Tran
7 TBD TBD The Whole Block Goes Down: Refugees in Japan’s detention centers during the pandemic (Cancelled)David H. Slater, Rose Barbaran
8 11/25 19:00Resilient Japanese Local Food Systems Thrive during
COVID-19: Ten Groups, Ten Outcomes (十人十色 jyu-nin-to-iro
Chika Kondo,Jack Lichten
9 12/2 19:00Isolated Together: Amplified vulnerabilities in Japan’s Children’s Homes Sarajean Rossitto, Oka Kozue
10 12/3 19:00Limitations of Social Protections of Migrant Families in Japan Exposed by COVID-19: The Case of Nepalese WomenMasako Tanaka
11 12/9 19:00COVID-19 in Japan: A Nighttime DiseaseValentina Giammaria
12 TBD 19:00 Food Crisis for the Homeless and others during Covid-19 (Change of schedule)Charles E. McJilton

Notes on the full series: This discussion is the first in a series we will hold over the autumn on the causes, effects and current status of vulnerable populations in Japan during the Covid-19 pandemic. Each discussion will be moderated by David Slater and will give listeners a chance to meet the authors and others associated with the articles (advocates, activists, supporters, and participants). The authors will provide insight into the articles, as well as background to the conditions of data collection in the age of Corona, an update on the situation and a look forward—asking if we are any better prepared for next time.

An introduction to the whole collection here: Vulnerable Populations in Japan under Covid-19: A lull in the storm by David H. Slater

Abstract for the full collection of papers: This is a collection of original articles on diverse vulnerable populations in Japan in the wake of the new coronavirus pandemic. The effects of COVID-19 are felt differently, with some among us at much greater risk of infection due to preexisting health and welfare conditions. For others, perhaps more than the risk of infection, it is the precautions taken to mitigate the risk for the whole population, such as lockdowns and business closures, that have pulled away the already fragile safety net of state and civil society organization (CSO) support, leading to increased marginalization and social exclusion. The goal of this set of papers is to document the conditions of those that have been most directly affected by the virus and to provide background on the conditions that made them vulnerable in the first place, notably chronic conditions that are brought into more obvious relief in light of emergency measures. Each of the authors had a pre-established relationship with those affected populations and employed various ethnographic approaches, some face to face, others digitally via Zoom interviews and SNS exchanges. In this moment of what appears to be relative calm, we hope that our collection, quickly compiled in an attempt to capture the ever-changing situation, will give some insight into how those most vulnerable are faring in this time of crisis and provide information that will allow us to prepare better before the next wave comes our way.