• Blood, Sweat, Ink, and Tears: Exploitation of Labour in the Japanese Animation Industry

    Author(s):
    Jacqueline Ristola (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    Animation, Contingent labor, Japanese studies, Media studies
    Item Type:
    Conference proceeding
    Conf. Title:
    GLRC Graduate Student Symposium 2016
    Conf. Org.:
    Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC), York University
    Conf. Loc.:
    York University, Toronto, Canada
    Conf. Date:
    October 27-28, 2016
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6481H
    Abstract:
    What are the labour conditions of working animators today in Japan? How are they extensions of the industry’s origins and neoliberal practices? Foregrounded by a historical inquiry into the origins of anime labour practices and the rise of Japanese neoliberalism, this paper explores attempts to answer these questions. Through case studies, industry data, and published interviews, this paper examines current precarious labour conditions for animators in Japan, and how animators often consent to exploitative working conditions through misconceptions about artistic labour. This paper will also highlight some small but substantial ways animators resist exploitation and present some recommendations for combating the rise of precarious work in this sector of the cultural industries.
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