Kenn Nakata Steffensen

Kenn Nakata Steffensen is a philosopher, intellectual historian and political scientist. He has held research and teaching positions in the UK, Ireland and Japan. He has published on Japanese philosophy, intellectual history and politics, and on the politics of language and translation in Denmark and the UK. For further information about Kenn click here.

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Interest in the Nordic countries blossomed in Japan in early 1900s, re-occuring after the Second World War. Some academics and commentators argue that this early interest remains pervasive today. Photo: Cory Schadt, Unsplash.

2019.08.06 | Article, Kenn Nakata Steffensen, Reputation, The Nordics in the World

The Nordics in the modern Japanese political imagination

In the early 1900s, Japanese progressive intellectuals, writers, and feminist activists questioned their country’s quest for power and looked to Scandinavia for an alternative modernity. The Scandinavian modern breakthrough peaked in Japan in the 1910s and 1920s on the back of a burgeoning interest in Nordic literature, philosophy and political…