Journal article

Risk management by a neoliberal state: Construction of new knowledge through lifelong learning in Japan

A Ogawa

Discourse Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education | Taylor & Francis Group | Published : 2013


This article examines the current developments in Japan's lifelong learning policy and practices. I argue that promoting lifelong learning is an action that manages the risks of governance for the neoliberal state. Implementing a new lifelong learning policy involves the employment of a political technique toward integrating the currently divided and polarized Japanese population – popularly called kakusa – into the newly imagined collective, namely, atarashii kōkyō or the New Public Commons. Examining the macro policy discourse on Japan's educational policy, this article demonstrates Japan's inflections of neoliberal governmentality with the new distribution of responsibility between the st..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

German Research Foundation-funded Research Training Group 1613 Risk and East Asia, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009–2010