Benjamin outlines how an early love of Japanese manga, anime and video games led him to study Japanese, move to Japan, and eventually publish a manga of his own with a major Japanese publishing house, Shogakukan. Along his journey Benjamin also petitioned his high school for its first ever Japanese language classes, competed in international mahjong championships, turned his research on the Japanese gaming world into a Fulbright Fellowship and was eventually appointed the official tourism ambassador for Tokyo’s Nakano Ward, (the best ward in the entire world). Benjamin will also discuss how his personal experiences as an author, martial arts trainee and Japanese government “Cool Japan Ambassador” have impacted his impressions of Japanese organizational behavior.
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Benjamin Boas is the author of the Japanese-language books Learning about Japan Through Manga and Video Games and Re- Learning English, both published by Shogakukan. An 11-year resident of Japan, Benjamin’s essays have appeared in Japanese and English in The Japan Times, The Yomiuri Shimbun and Studio Ghibli’s monthly magazine, Neppu.
He currently serves as a cultural ambassador for the Japanese government’s “Cool Japan” program and Tourism Ambassador of Tokyo’s Nakano Ward. He is also a researcher with the anthropology department at Keio University’s SFC campus. Boas makes regular appearances on Japanese television, including NHK programs Tokyo Eye 2020 and Journeys in Japan. Originally from the New York area, Benjamin moved to Japan on a Fulbright Fellowship after graduating from Brown University in 2007.
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