Asia, ideas

Big In Japan

It’s been a while since I got anything into a newspaper. But I helped out a friend at the Asahi Shimbun last week with a little transcription and editing of an interview with Michael Sandel, which appeared in last Sunday’s edition.

Japanese article on Michael Sandel

Sandel is a professor of political philosophy at Harvard. You may have caught his lectures on public television a couple of years ago, a series called Justice with Michael Sandel.

The series was picked up last year by NHK and became a hit in Japan, topping pay-per-view charts, boosting book sales, and prompting Sandel to visit Tokyo to give some of his famous lectures.

His lectures, called “Harvard Hakunetsu Kyoshitu” (translated as “Harvard Heated Discussion Classroom”) have taken on a new life at NHK, with Sandel recently leading a new set of discussions among Japanese, American, and Chinese students.