Japanese Military Otaku


Research Question
Do the Otaku pose real dangers to the Japanese national security? Do the Otaku have a cult of radical individualism due to the condemnation of their existence from the post-war period? What are the Japanese soldiers’ views on Otaku? Can Otaku defend themselves in the actual war?

In Japan, the term ‘Otaku’ refers to those who are obsessively passionate about their hobby based on the sub-culture such as ‘manga’ and ‘anime’ amongst others. Otaku reflect individuals who emotionally distance themselves from their peer groups and general mainstream culture. In characterization, these individuals can be referred to as unkempt, antisocial, unpopular hardcore fans. The existence of Otaku is considered dangerous to national security because of their interest in the military arsenal. Categorically the Gunji Otaku are obsessed with anything military inclusive of military uniforms, vehicles, weapons, memorabilia, video games that are military thematic and other military related features. This study focuses on the Gunji Otaku, their danger to Japanese national security and their radical individualistic nature among other specifics.
The research paper will use primary source as well as secondary materials as the basis of discussion. “Otaku – The Living Force of The Social Media Network” by Taneska Kochoska will be the primary source. Taneska exhibits the Otaku phenomenon in Japanese cultural perceptive, the radical individualistic angle by Gunji Otaku, the risk posed by the group among other tangible information (Taneska 193). Evidence based on qualitative analysis and real life examples will be backed up by expert reviews as well as reports by scholars. Credible writers such as Korusiewicz Maria and McLaren Sally will expound the discussions. It is agreeable by the various elites that the term Otaku addresses the unique social position occupied by the antisocial and obsessive persons in the Japanese society.

Works Cited
Korusiewicz, Maria, et al. “The Cute or The Scary: Japanese Youth Subcultures in Contemporary Japanese Society,” 2015, pp. 170-174.
Munroe, Alexandra. “Introducing Little Boy.” Little boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture, 2005, pp. 241-261.
McLaren, Sally. “Made in Cool Japan: Delights and Disasters,” Griffith Review, no. 49, 2015, p. 165.
Taneska, Biljana Kochoska. “Otaku – The Living Force of The Social Media Network,” Third International Communication Conference Glocal: Inside Social Media. New York University Skopje, Macedonia, vol. 15, 2009, pp. 193-202.

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