Marc Humbert was formely Head of the French Research Centre on Contemporary Japan in Tokyo 2008 2011 by R8VDq9


									Apocalypse Revisited: Japan, Hiroshima, and the Place of Mimesis
International Christian University, Tokyo, 5-8 July 2012


The Japanese birth of “homo convivialis” ?

People of the world, at least the ones who are realistic, have the sure knowledge that, if nothing
is done to change the current trends, huge catastrophes would normally happen. This is upon
Japanese people as well. I would like to emphasize that the re-emerging strong feelings of the
possibility of nuclear violence has driven a deep movement in the Japanese crowds, triggered by
convivialism and expanded through mimetic behavior.
I will first present what are according to me the expected catastrophes. A looming nuclear threat
of a massive self-destruction and the now near accomplished, what has been a slow but steady,
un-weaving of the societal fabric. The whole world is making for these catastrophes.
  “The only time you can get things done is in moments of genuine crisis and catastrophes –
[then] there’s a small opportunity to do an extraordinary amount” wrote Malcolm Gladwell.
This seems the case for Japan where the dire situation stemming from March 11 has opened to
the Japanese people, a window of opportunity and to my mind there are at least three hints of
radical changes. There have been a general reappraisal of individual connections and both
conviviality and mimetic behaviour based on these connections have reinforced the Japanese
pattern for inter-individual solidarity. More, and there, we could have a few seeds for hope for
Japan and for Humanity as well : we may see a new collective – Japanese societal model in
the making. The birth of “homo convivialis”.

Marc Humbert

Marc Humbert who is Professor at University of Rennes and Research Fellow at French CNRS
(National Center for Scientific Research), is currently invited Research Scholar at Ritsumeikan
University (Kyoto).
Marc Humbert was formely Head of the French Research Centre on Contemporary Japan in
Tokyo ( 2008-2011).
His recent publications are :
Social Exclusion – Perspectives from France and Japan, (co-edited) Transpacific Press,
Melbourne, 2012.
De la convivialité (About conviviality), (co-authored), La Découverte, Paris, 2011

脱成長の道 – 分かち合いの社会を創る (The path towards de-growth, To build a
society of sharing) REFRAMING SOCIETY, Conviviality not growth, (,co-edited and
co-authored) Commons, Tokyo, 2011.

e-mail :
Postal address : 48 Kamihonmachi, Shichiku, Kita-ku, Kyoto Shi, 603-8116, Japan.


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