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Naomi Osaka: Japan’s stance on Dual Citizenship

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Naomi Osaka is currently ranked the No. 1 tennis player in the world, and is the first Japanese to do so (Rich, 2019). Despite her major success, there still is an impending issue she will have to deal with very soon. This issue concerns whether Osaka will choose to remain a Japanese citizen or American.

Naomi Osaka was born on October 16, 1997 in Osaka, Japan to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father. Her and her sister, Mari, retained their mother’s family name for “practical reasons” when the family lived in Japan (Burke, 2018). The family moved to the US when she was three years old.

Japan’s Nationality Law requires Japanese people who hold any additional citizenships to choose one by the time turn 22. Naomi Osaka is turning 22 years old in October this year, and she currently still holds both U.S. and Japanese passports.

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Blog Post 2 – Response to ‘Akira’ (1988)

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I was excited to see Akira for the first time. The 1988 film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo definitely has a legacy in that it’s one of the best anime films of all time. And even though I myself didn’t love it as much as I had hoped, that doesn’t mean I can’t see why the film had an impact on and influenced pop culture and media that followed after it (Usher, 2016).

The film itself is set in 2019, which is interesting as I considered the expectations of what the ‘future’ could be like back in 1988. I loved the 80’s fashion that I quickly mentioned while live tweeting. It acts as a time capsule, blending with the overall futuristic aesthetic. Overall, the production was wonderful seeing as it’s a completely hand drawn Japanese film.

But this post isn’t necessarily just a review of Akira. It’s also an autoethnographic…

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Blog Post 1 – Personal Response to ‘The Host’ (2006)

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I find it quite difficult to explain my cultural upbringing when the question arises. I have an Italian/Australian father and a Japanese mother, so it’s safe to assume that I’ve grown up in a multicultural environment. This is definitely true, but I couldn’t say whether a part of how I interpret things is “because of my heritage”.

I’ve been exposed to Australian and Western perspectives in social settings as well as home. But at home I was also engrossed by other cultures through mediums that weren’t exclusively or overly ‘Western’.

That being said, watching the 2006 film ‘The Host’ made me realise that there are instances where my cultural experiences help and/or limit my interpretations. There are many prominent themes introduced in ‘The Host’, but there’s also subtle things in the film that could require prior knowledge in order to authentically understand the material.

My Mum introduced me to numerous…

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