Ross, James

Project title: Impact of Media on Mental Health in Japan

Department: Pacific and Asian Studies

Faculty supervisor: Dr. Andrew Marton

"Mental illness has been a taboo subject in Japan for countless years, resulting in the public being undereducated on how to cope with their own physiological disorders. My project will elaborate on how Japanese society handles the discussion of mental health in modern times through the analysis of domestic popular culture such as manga publications and anime broadcasts. I will examine how those suffering from mental illness are portrayed in the media and how this correlates with the public’s opinion on the subject. The aim of this research is the better understand if popular culture is currently contributing a positive or negative opinion on mental health and how that is affecting the lives of Japanese citizens."