VOL. 2, NO. 5, PGS. 5–10


National Identity and Nationalism: A Look Into Japan
A conversation with David Leheny

This interview was conducted by Javier Toro.

David Leheny is a Professor at Waseda University. He is the author of The Rules of Play: National Identity and the Shaping of Japanese Leisure.

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What is national identity? Is it the same as nationalism?

Scholars and analysts don’t really agree on these terms, and it’s probably impossible to come up with a set of definitions that will please everyone. I think of identity itself as the meanings that we ascribe to institutionally defined roles. The modern family is an institution, for example, and I [...]

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