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Nissim Otmazgin

Hebrew University
Chair of the Israeli Association for Japanese Studies (IAJS)

Dr. Nissim Kadosh Otmazgin is a Lecturer in the Department of East Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Research Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. His PhD dissertation (Kyoto University, 2007), which examines the export of Japan’s popular culture to Asia, won the Iue Asia Pacific Research Prize in October 2007 for outstanding dissertation on society and culture in Asia. As a part of this research, he conducted extensive fieldwork in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Bangkok, and Seoul.

His research interests include Japanese popular culture in Asia, popular culture and regionalization in East and Southeast Asia, Japan-Southeast Asian relations, and cultural industry and cultural policy in Japan and South Korea. He is the author of Regionalizing Culture: the Political Economy of Japanese Popular Culture in Asia(forthcoming, University of Hawai'i Press) and co-editor (together with Eyal Ben-Ari) of Popular Culture and the State in East and Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2011) and Popular Culture Co-production and Collaboration in East and Southeast Asia (National University of Singapore Press, 2012). He has published articles in a number of leading academic journals including International Relations of the Asia PacificContemporary Southeast AsiaAsia-Pacific Review,Media, Culture & SocietyJournal of Comparative Policy Analysis, and Contemporary Japan.

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