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(4) “Think Differently”: The IT Minister who had never used a computer could have been the best IT Minister ever?

In my three previous blogs so far, I have featured the “strange mix” of digital and analogue culture in Japan, digital culture’s “neutral” nature, and the vision of Taiwan’s Digital Ministry Audrey Tang. In this blog, which will be the final of the series, I would like to go back to Japan and consider the “strange mix” of digital and analogue in…

(2) Universal: Digital Culture as non-place

During the lectures, we explored what we called “Digital Culture,” such as the development of computers, the social significance of GAFA, and wonders of digital games. Those are something universal, and people around the world share more or less the same experience. Probably, a Buddhist Priest in Butan enjoys his/her pastime on YouTube exactly in the same way as I do. Digital…

(1) Japan: “strange” mix of old and new

One common conversation that I often have with many of my friends from Japanstudies is that Japan is a really interesting place where old things and cutting-edge things are uniquely co-exist. My friends always wonder why Japan is so behind in digitalization despite the country is famous for its super advanced technologies? I once belonged to Japanese society, and such a “strange…