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Smiling behind the mask: Tokyo Olympics and its volunteers

Barbara Holthus, German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo

October 13, 2021 · 7:00 pm8:30 pm EDT · Zoom

East Asian Studies Program

With the last Paralympic athletes heading home a month ago, Tokyo 2020 in 2021 has closed its gates. This presentation revisits the hopes, dreams, and desires originally connected with Tokyo 2020, and attempts an evaluation of what remains. A particular focus here lies on the Field Cast – the Olympic and Paralympic volunteers.

Barbara Holthus has been deputy director at the German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo since April 2018. Her research is on marriage and the family, child care, happiness and well-being, volunteering, media, gender, rural Japan, as well as demographic and social change.

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